Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Gaston Lagaffe

We gave my parents an iMac in Switzerland so that we can iChat (videoconferencing is so good for people living apart) and of course my mom has rediscovered the web. Before it was slow dial-up (which you pay per minute), now it's 24/7 broadband speed. Needless to say, she loves it, rediscovering old songs, books, looking up where she used to live on Google maps, etc. etc. Well, one other thing she's finding on youtube are clips of Gaston Lagaffe. From wiki:

Gaston is a comic strip created in 1957 by the Belgian cartoonist André Franquin in the comic strip magazine, Spirou. The series focuses on the every-day life of Gaston Lagaffe, a lazy and accident-prone (his surname means "the blunder") office junior. It is very popular in large parts of Europe (especially in Belgium and France), but except for a few pages by Fantagraphics in the early 90s (as Gomer Goof), there is no published English translation.


Gaston was, amongst Lucky Luke, Spirou, Marsupilami, Asterix & Obelix, Le Scrameustache, Les Schtroumpfs, etc. etc. etc. one of my favorite comics. So now my mom found these youtube clips:





And one image that made me laugh out loud (yes, I LOLed), was this one:


The ENERGY of that ass kicking! So good! :)

And Louaye adds this in the comments section, a collection of really strong poses with a clean silhouette:


click on image to embiggen


There is some cool timing in this clip:

5 comments:

Hammy said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing!

.Louaye. said...

" Et si on Danse? "

Jean-Denis Haas said...

:)

.Louaye. said...

Gaston Lagaffe is one of my favorite comic books of all time. It's creator, Franquin is definitely an artist you want to check out.

My favorite character is Prunelle. His poses are so entertaining and original, you can FEEL the timing in the pages. And it's not even animated!

Check out Franquin's awesomeness:
http://www.louaye.com/temp/Gaston%20Silhouettes.jpg

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Those are awesome poses, thanks for the link!!