ANDRÉ FRANQUIN: A Belgian master of comics

As part of the events marking our exhibition #Spirou4rights, Matthew Screech, Senior Lecturer in French at Manchester Metropolitan University, will discuss the work of one of the greats of Belgian graphic art – André Franquin.

Although sometimes overshadowed by Tintin and his creator Hergé, Franquin’s famous characters Spirou & Fantasio and Gaston Lagaffe are universally known and loved among amateurs of comic books in French of all ages.

Matthew will show us how Franquin, with Les aventures de Spirou, gradually freed himself from the combined influences of Disney and Hergé to develop at his own distinctive style. Then Dr Screech will move on to the lovable, disaster-prone blunderer Gaston Lagaffe (also known in English by his translated name Gomer Goof), to discuss how Franquin created a world at the interface between banality and fantasy, where realism combines with extremes of caricature.

Come and (re)discover this artist on Friday 4 October at 6 pm. Talk in French with Powerpoint presentation and Q&A in English.