A brand new documentary comic strip about La Rochelle soon in bookstores
On July 3rd, a new book will be published on La Belle et Rebelle La Rochelle, in a style that is both playful and sticky, as close as possible to the history of the city.
“La Rochelle, from the origins to the present day” is the last work in the collection dedicated to the cities of the House of La Rochelle.Rouen edition “Petit à Petit”, specialized in “Docu-Bd”.
In a few days time, the history of the city of La Rochelle from the 9th century to the present day will be added to the publishing house’s collection, with a total of nine chapters illustrated by local artists and written by the historian Didier Quella-Guyot from Poitou.
Throughout the 80 pages of this “Docu-Bd”, we meet characters who have made the history of the coastal city: Richelieu, Fleuriau, Léonce Vieljeux, or even closer to us, Georges Simenon.
Four months of work
One of the designers of this new opus on cities was David Unger from La Rochelle.The collective’s well-known artist, “Les écrivains de la côte”, drew two chapters of the “Docu-Bd”: Le défi de Richelieu et Fleuriau et la traite négrière.
A total of 12 plates coloured by the colourist Lysandre Vanhourvenne, who asked him and David Unger to work on them for about four months.
It was a very enriching experience for me, because everyone who collaborated on this book has different styles”.
The latter, like Karine Parquet the editor of “Petit à petit”, insists particularly on the mixture of the ninth art and the historical reality respected to the letter throughout the pages.
Texts, song, poetry and theatre
The “Docu-Bd” are works in the form of an original collection of the most beautiful French texts of song, poetry, literature and theatre, but also of the history of art, music and cities.
Since it regained its independence in 2016, the “Docu-Bd” has been the publishing house’s flagship, and its series devoted to French cities outside Brussels is a perfect reflection of the editorial line defended by Olivier Petit.