I have something to say and if no one listens that’s ok, it might be preferable.
What best sums up what I am trying to say is this Bun Toon by artist Ty Templeton. If you want to click over and come back after reading or not that’s ok.
It seems so many Americans have taken this opportunity to somehow make the Paris Attacks about us and by us I mean the U.S. The biggest piece of execrable opinion about it is Ann Coulter saying that of the attacks that “Trump was elected president tonight.” No wonder people think Coulter is a dude, she’s apparently a dick.
Here’s a thought, the Westboro Baptist Church is two inches from crazy town and if they went there would we call for the outright elimination of all Baptists?
There are, give or take, 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, that’s just under ¼ of the population. It is estimated between five and six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.
So what you are saying, Hitler, is that one group of people is to blame for all of your problems so let’s wipe them out? Good luck with that. Ass.
I’m not saying these feelings are wrong, emotions are raw right now and justifiably so. I don’t blame anyone for feeling this way. We Americans have some history with Muslim extremists too. We get it.
Let’s talk about what is awesome about Paris and France, which is what I was meaning to do at the start of this.
When I was a kid I read every single collected edition of Herge’s Tintin that I could get my hands on and I did thanks to the Lebanon Public Library. Tintin has ben “reversed engineered” to be one of the influences on Indiana Jones though it wasn’t until after French reviews mentioned how close in feel Indy was to Tintin. The plots were clever and pure adventure, the characters were each unique, the art was perfect whimsy and evocative. Tintin is technically Belgian but they speak French and that’s close enough, I didn’t know that it wasn’t a French creation until much later anyway.
While we are on comics, French comics are so much better than Japanese Manga, no apologies but I have read way more French translations and enjoyed them far more. In France, like much of the world, comics are a medium unlike here where they are a genre sometimes. I have had the pleasure to read Tintin (of course), Blueberry, The Smurfs (very Barks and reprinted in America by Papercutz), Valérian and Laureline, and a few others. They are more in the tradition of American newspaper strips being that they can be spy, western, fantasy, even pirate stories. I have to confess to having never read Asterix and I need to change that.
Speaking of Blueberry how can I not mention Moebius? This guy is an international comics art influence on a level with people like Carl Barks and Jack Kirby.
French Metal is intense and ferocious in their playing and subject matter, I would put it up with any American or British metal bands. My personal favorite is Gojira, an odd and compelling mix of thrash and melodic metal. I got to see them here in ‘Murica open for Metallica. Check out their song “Explosia.”
The French invented swashbuckling thanks to some guy named Alexandre Dumas and some books he wrote such as The Three Musketeers, The Man in the Iron Mask, and The Count of Monte Cristo. Look at the guy; he looked like a 19th century French George R.R. Martin…
So what am I saying? Nothing really. Better people are saying it better than I and worse people are spouting the same old BS. I guess I am just saying Viv la France or something to that effect.
That’s it, all done for now.