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Q & A with Victor Hussenot

Victor Hussenot, the creative talent behind the Nobrow graphic novel The Spectators. Victor studied the Fine Arts in Nancy (France) and now lives and works in the capital, Paris.

Q1: Where did the concept for The Spectators come from?

The idea of ​​Spectators came from the identification of a link between several stories I had written. I realised all my thoughts were based on the observation of a town.

Q2: Your artwork is spectacular, can you describe the process?

Thank you! I worked in several stages. First text then the storyboard, then I pencilled boards. Only at the end did the realization of watercolour appear on the final boards. But I wanted all the stories to be connected visually as well. That is why the person embodies each role, the mind / actor. The true character of the story is his shadow,

Q3: What’s next for Victor Hussenot?

I am preparing a comic that will be a reflection on time … And following the comic book output in Chronicles “The Land of lines”.

Q4: Where do you find your inspiration? Which illustrators do you admire?

The inspiration of my life come mainly from questions I ask myself about the world, about life. But also of philosophy, film, comics and illustration.

I am greatly influenced by Albert Camus or in other areas, Eric Rohmer, Bergman, Fritz Lang, for example. Or, André Juillard Francois Ayroles, the publishing house “The association”.

Check out these photographs of Victors creative process – there are some lovely imagaes of early sketches.

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The Adventures of Shola by Bernardo Atxaga, illustrated by Mikel Valverde

Shola is a little dog with attitude. Frustratingly for her, she loves both comfort (mainly in the form of food) and adventure (in theory, at least), and spends much of her time trying to decide between the two. Whether she is faced with the possibility that she may really be a lion or the prospect of a boar-hunt, with eccentric American visitors or insufferable country bumpkins, Shola is not afraid to pursue her dreams … up to a point.

Published by Pushkin Children’s Books

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What’s Inside? By Isabel Minhós Martins and Madalena Matoso

The latest picture book by the critically-acclaimed Portuguese author/illustrator team Isabel Minhós Martins and Madalena Matoso (the creative team behind Where Do We Go When We Disappear, At Our House and When I Was Born, all from Tate Publishing) boasts mouth-watering artwork with a brilliant concept. It’s packed with fun challenges, memory games and puzzles that help to develop inference and deduction skills. It is also a great stimulus for the invention of stories.

Children and adults alike will adore this book.

Published by Tate.