La Fugue - Thao Lam
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La Fugue

La Fugue

La Fugue

One event that I look forward to every year is The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a week-long celebration of comics, graphic novels and their creators. It’s impossible to not get inspired as I wander through the festival. There is simply so much talent. With very little self-control, I always end up with a loot bag full of goodies. Keep reading…

La Fugue is written and illustrated by graphic novelist and illustrator Pascal Blanchet. Though it is written in French, the illustrations are universal. The 1960’s vintage style illustrations depict a tale of love, lost, and the life of a jazz musician.

La Fugue is not formatted like any other graphic novel. There are no speech bubbles and nor comic panels. Each page contains a single image that is exquisitely designed. The pages nor over-wroght with detail — , there is a generous amount of breathing space. The crisp clean lines are created using Adobe Illustrator. Pascal’s work is reminiscent jazz records covers from the 1960’s. His perspective and lighting does wonders to the composition, giving life to simple flat shapes. Even the colour scheme is simplified. Printed on craft paper, Pascal allows the natural brown tone of the paper to show through, while layering shades of brown and punches of red on top.

There is a subtlety and simplicity to Pascal’s work that really captures my attention. Though there is very little detail in each piece I find myself engrossed, studying each line, curve, and negative space created by the shapes themselves. I am reminded that the simplest things are often the most difficult to achieve, and less is more.

La Fugue, a children’s book review by Thao Lam

Author and Illustrator Pascal Blanchet

Pascal Blanchet is a self-taught illustrator born in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. The only art courses he took were lessons from his dad. His dad taught him perspective and technical drawing at an early age. Pascal finds inspiration in music (he is a huge fan of jazz music), architecture and cinema from the 1960’s.

If you are searching for inspiration look no further, be sure to check out Pascal Blanchet’s blog:


Publisher PAST�QUE (DE LA) (November 8, 2005)

ISBN-10 2922585301

ISBN-13 978-2922585308