The Midlife Crisis

Europe Comics
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Usually around about the 40 mark, the human male has a habit of leaving his well-worn spouse in search of greener pastures. As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side. Florence Cestac dissects this subject of common interest, from the very first symptoms right up to the final outbreak, via the pangs of "bathrobe-sofa" depression. "You're the love of my life! But with her, it's something else... she's a fairy," declares our hero with the touching honesty of a male en route to adventure. So once our hero's skipped off into the sunset with his fairy, our heroine begins asking herself a series of counter-productive questions regarding her general attitude and in particular her cellulite. She then 1). Discovers that everyone else knew about it all along 2). Listens to the questionable opinions of her girlfriends 3). Attempts to rekindle old flames dug out of her old phone book and to kindle new ones in her local DIY store. She explains to her kid that Daddy "just took a little jaunt over to Mars," which the kid in turn interprets as "Daddy flew to Mars with a slut that Mommy doesn't like." She manages to raise her spirits with "tiptopform," drinks a bit, weeps a lot, and buries the dog who decided to die right in the middle of it all - cherry on the cake. Anyway, she "handles it" and she survives. Between giggles and anguish, this will touch anyone who's ever felt the sting of that wonderful thing we call love. Disarmingly frank, with endearingly crude humor and a perfect understanding of her subject, this is Florence Cestac on top form.
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Florence Cestac est un grand nom de la bande dessinée franco-belge. Fondatrice des éditions Futuropolis en 1975 et créatrice du personnage d'Harry Mickson, elle collabore également aux tout premiers débuts de magazines cultes, tels que ‘Pilote', ‘L'Écho des savanes' ou encore ‘Charlie Mensuel', et travaille avec de nombreux auteurs et scénaristes, comme Tonino Benacquista ou René Pétillon. Tout au long de sa carrière, elle obtient de nombreuses récompenses, dont l'Alph'art de l'humour du Festival international de la bande dessinée d'Angoulême, qu'on lui décerne à deux reprises, notamment pour l'album "Le Démon de midi" (1996, Dargaud) en 1997. Florence Cestac est née un 18 juillet 1949 à Pont-Audemer. Après une scolarité modeste (pas de diplômes trop voyants), elle intègre, en 1965, les Beaux-Arts de Rouen puis, en 1968, les Arts décoratifs de Paris. Elle dessine pour ‘Salut les copains', ‘Lui', ‘20 ans', et rencontre Étienne Robial, avec lequel elle ouvre, en 1972, la première librairie de bande dessinée parisienne et fonde, en 1975, les éditions Futuropolis. Dans le feu de l'action, elle devient maquettiste, emballeuse, livreuse, photograveuse, traductrice, nounou d'auteurs, attachée de presse et directrice de collection. Elle voit défiler dans son bureau toutes sortes de jeunes talents en friche, et racontera, avec Jean-Marc Thévenet, cette expérience enrichissante dans un livre intitulé "Comment faire de la bédé sans passer pour un pied nickelé" (1988, Futuropolis). Parallèlement, elle crée le personnage d'Harry Mickson : une sorte de haricot (le haricot dodu du cassoulet, pas le modèle de régime) vêtu d'une salopette-short d'où émergent quelques bras et jambes caoutchouteux, un gros nez et un béret directement vissé à la cervelle. Ce rejeton illégitime de Mickey Mouse, qui se balade dans ‘(À SUIVRE)‘, ‘Métal hurlant‘ et ‘Charlie‘, est promu mascotte de Futuropolis et du Mickson BD Football-Club. Elle reçoit en 1989 l'Alph'art de l'humour du festival d'Angoulême pour "Les Vieux Copains pleins de pépins" (1989, Futuropolis), et crée les aventures de Gérard Crétin dans ‘Mikado'. Dans ‘Le Journal de Mickey', elle transforme la rubrique jeux des Déblok en bande dessinée. En 1997, elle récolte un deuxième Alph'art de l'humour pour "Le Démon de midi" (1996, Dargaud), hilarante tragédie post-conjugale où l'on voit un quadragénaire quitter son épouse usagée pour une autre, plus fraîche. Ce chef-d'oeuvre d'humour vache, désarmant de franchise, est adapté au théâtre par Michèle Bernier et Marie-Pascale Osterrieth, où il connaît un énorme succès. Inondant la presse (‘Play-Boy', ‘Cosmopolitan', ‘L'Hebdo des juniors', ‘Quo', etc.) de ses dessins humoristiques, elle rapatrie la famille Déblok chez Dargaud en 1997. En 1998 paraît "La Vie en rose" (Dargaud), album retraçant la jolie vie de Noémie, monomaniaque du ravissement. En 1999, dans le genre projection des diapos de vacances, c'est "Du sable dans le maillot"(Dargaud) et, en 2000, "Les Phrases assassines" (Verticales), avec Véronique Ozanne — un recueil cruel et tordant de ces petits mots doux qui vous envoient un môme en analyse pour quinze ans. D'autre part, depuis 1993, Florence expose ses oeuvres hors BD (souvent en trois dimensions) à la galerie Christian Desbois. En 2000, elle reçoit le grand prix de la ville d'Angoulême, ce qui fait d'elle la présidente du festival en 2001, avec un jury presque exclusivement féminin, une rétrospective passionnante de son oeuvre et un discours de Charlie Schlingo depuis le balcon de la mairie — du grandiose. Chez Dargaud, elle publie, en 2002, "La Vie d'artiste" (autobiographique à quelques broutilles près) et, en 2004, "Super catho" (récit d'une enfance catho dans la Bretagne des années 1950), sur un scénario de René Pétillon. En 2005, alors que "Le Démon de midi" est porté à l'écran, elle lui donne une suite finement intitulée "Le Démon d'après midi" (Dargaud). En 2007, elle publie "La Véritable Histoire de Futuropolis" (Dargaud), où elle narre la fabuleuse aventure éditoriale et humaine de la première librairie de bande dessinée, ouverte en 1972, devenue ensuite une maison d'édition hors norme — et dont elle fut l'un des piliers. En 2009, elle publie, avec Jean Teulé, une biographie posthume sur la vie de Charlie Schlingo ("Je voudrais me suicider mais j'ai pas le temps", Dargaud). L'année 2010 voit l'apparition du volume 4 de la série "Les ados" (Dargaud) qui se moque gentiment de l'âge ingrat. Dernièrement, Florence Cestac a travaillé avec Nadège Beauvois Temple sur l'album "On va te faire ta fête, maman !" (Dargaud). Sorti en avril 2011, ce recueil de 100 dessins a pour vocation de faire rire autour du thème de la grossesse et des maladresses de l'entourage qui, souvent, l'accompagnent. En 2011 également paraît "Des salopes et des anges" (Dargaud), une histoire imaginée avec Tonino Benacquista. Et, en 2013, c'est seule que Florence Cestac publie l'incroyable "Le Démon du soir ou la Ménopause héroïque" (Dargaud). En 2015 sort "Un amour exemplaire" (Dargaud), scénarisé par Daniel Pennac. En 2016, elle sort le premier tome de "La Fille des oiseaux" (Dargaud).

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Europe Comics
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Apr 5, 2016
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