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HOSTAGE: AN INTERVIEW WITH GUY DELISLE at DIGBOSTON

HOSTAGE: AN INTERVIEW WITH GUY DELISLE

 

In the gripping new graphic novel Hostage (D+Q), award-winning French cartoonist Guy Delisle retells the story of the kidnapping and abduction of Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André, who was held hostage in Chechnya in 1997. Over 400-plus black and blue pages, Delisle uses the unique quirks of the comics medium to tell a harrowing tale of hope and survival. The artist is coming to Harvard Book Store on Monday, May 15, and I had an opportunity to ask him about this amazing new project and the incredible amount of work that went into it …

 

How did Christophe’s story first come your way?

 

I read his story first in the newspaper, then I had the chance to meet him because I was visiting a friend at the NGO where he was working. I was very curious to ask him questions but I thought he doesn’t want to talk about that. Being kidnapped is certainly a traumatic experience …  

 

I started to ask him a few questions and he was really open about it. At the end I thought it was so incredible that it would be nice to do a book about that, and he agreed.

 

It’s amazing he was able to remember every detail and count the days. He was trying to keep his mind so active but also his mind off of his family and his loved ones.

 

For him every morning it was important that he was keeping track of time, he didn’t know where he was and there was no reason why he was there. The only certain thing was the time, so he was keeping track.

 

As far as memory goes, I recorded him in 2003 and I worked on the final version of the book in 2015, so I was glad to have the previous recording because his memory was fresh. I also had a document from the NGO right after this happened. I worked with the recordings and that document.

 

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League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. June 1, 2016

 

 

COMICS

After last week’s Geoff Johns 80-page Giant, the big blue DC logo of doom continues with Batman: Rebirth #1 by new writer Tom King and Scott Snyder as Batman faces Calendar Man! … The fun continues in Superman: Rebirth #1 by Peter Tomasi putting the underpants back where they belong, on the outside as Clark Kent returns to his own book. I know, it’s confusing. … Over in Marvel, Moon Knight continues in issue #3 as Mark makes his way to the subway tunnels below Egypt, or the institution that holds him. … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

 

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. April 20, 2016

 

 

 

COMICS

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Trek with Star Trek Manifest Destiny #1! Kirk vs. Klingons in this ultimate space battle. … Flash hits #50 before Rebirth so Barry must win the trust of everyone in Central City. … Max Landis and Jonathan Case are the team for Superman: American Alien #6 when Clark brings a bit of Smallville to the big city of Metropolis and what it means to be his friend! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. April 13, 2016

 

COMICS

Alright, 3PO, shut up already about the red arm! If you enjoyed a Blu-ray or Digital copy this weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you know that C-3PO has a red arm. Here is that arm’s story in C-3PO ONE SHOT written by James Robinson and art by Tony Harris (legendary Starman team). … Xena and Gabrielle have returned after 25 years in Xena: Warrior Princess in a brand new #1! … Fate would have it that I was listening to Rumous scrolling through the picks this week for Heartthrob #1 from Oni Press. Second Hand News, baby! …Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

 

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. April 6.2016

COMICS

The Fix #1 is about terrible people doing terrible things, from the Superior Foes of Spider-Man team of Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber. I mean it, these guys are awful! It’s Breaking Bad in comics form, but extremely funny. … He can fly anything if you need a pilot! Poe Dameron #1 gives a backstory to Star Wars: The Force Awakens hero from Charles Soule and Phil Noto (Black Widow). …Wonder Woman Earth One graphic novel is Grant Morrison’s take on the character in the popular Earth One mythology with art by Yanick Paquette (Batman: Incorporated). …Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. March 30, 2015

 

 

 

COMICS

Chuck Palahniuk’s sequel to Fight Club, Fight Club 2 wraps up with issue #2 - can anything go wrong with Tyler’s plan? Probably. …Omega Red and the Soviet Super Soldiers show up to give the X-Men of the 90’s some guff! Wicked Massive Awesome Radical times to be had in X-MEN ‘92 #1! … Darth Vader #18 is action packed as Vader lays his resources on the line and a battle is brewing! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. March 23, 2016

 

 

COMICS

The Finches Meredith and David bring Wonder Woman to issue #50 on this Batman v Superman week! Twirl on over to your LCS (Local Comic Shop) on the way to the theatre! LeaguePodcast ally Paul Allor goes What If? with G.I.Joe: Deviations #1 - begging the question What if COBRA ruled the world? … Independence Day #1 is the movie tie-in to the sequel that you didn’t ask for. But we must be ready this time, right? … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. March 16, 2016

 

 

 

COMICS

Nice guy and superman Huck faces his past enemies in the latest Huck #5 from Mark Millar and Raphael Albuquerque. Bendis and Maleev have taken on Daredevil and deconstructed Moon Knight, now the team gives us a different look at Tony Stark with International Iron Man #1. Is Doom really his friend? How will Mary Jane fit into Stark Industries? Where is Pepper? ,,, Damn, Obadiah! Archer and Armstrong are back at it again with a new #1. This buddy cop comic between what can best be described as a Morman and his 7,000 year old drunk buddy is always a good time in A+A #1. … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. March 9, 2016

COMICS

It has been nearly a year since we lost Boston’s Vulcan son Leonard Nimoy to the great expanse. IDW celebrates Spock in Star Trek #55 - Legacy of Spock part 1 of 4. … Nathan Edmondson’s Red Wolf #4 from Marvel puts a Native American chief from the old west town of Timely into modern day Santa Rosa as desert travelers emerge from the shadows. … Jupiter’s Circle Vol. 2 #4 introduces a new villain! From mastermind Mark Millar (Kingsmen: Secret Service, Kick-Ass). Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.




Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. March 2, 2016

 

COMICS

Waid and Samnee are at it again with a familiar Daredevil sometime girlfriend and big screen Avenger in a brand new Black Widow #1. … Green Lantern hits #50 this week as Hal faces off against the Parallax gauntlet and defends the Earth. … Horror comic writer Peter Millagan returns with a new Image comic The Discipline #1 revealing a carnal seduction mystery that will change Melissa’s life forever! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. February 24, 2016

 

 

 

 

COMICS

Don’t talk about it, but please read Fight Club #9 from mastermind Chuck Palahniuk and artist Cameron Stewart. … Matt Wagner and Dan Schkade continue Will Eisner’s Spirit #8 uncovering the mysterious and deadly Mikado Vaas! … Black Magick #5 concludes Book One ‘Awakening’ from the super spooky team of Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. February 17, 2016

COMICS

Power Man and Iron Fist #1 - The Original Heroes for Hire and soon too be Netflix stars in Defenders (we hope) are back with a new book! … Star Wars picks up Lenil Yu as artist on the flagship book for a new arc called Rebel Jail in issue #16! … The Mighty Thor #4 has Asgard torn asunder at the All-Mother faces the All-Father! Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. February 10, 2016

 

COMICS

A new creative team takes over New Suicide Squad #17 featuring Harley, Headshot, Amanda Waller and the rest of Task Force X. Tim Seeley (Grayson, Hack/Slash, Batman and Robin Eternal) takes over and redefines Suicide Squad in advance of this summer’s blockbuster movie! .., Cadets Kirk and Uhura uncover a mystery as the other cadets vie for top ranks in the Centennial Competition in Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #3! … G.I.Joe #225 puts an end to the Cobra World Order storyline but something tells us Springfield isn’t “A Nice Little Town” for much longer! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. February 3, 2016

 

COMICS

Was She Pretty (Drawn and Quarterly) from Leanne Shapton (Swimming Studies) ruminates on ex-lovers, and our lovers’ ex-lovers. Catch a double book launch with Adriane Tomine at Harvard Books on Thursday. … Miles Morales is debuting in the All New, All Different Marvel with his creators Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli in Spider-Man #1. … The Walking Dead #151 starts a new arc after their landmark anniversary issue. … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

 

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. January 27, 2016

Dedicated to the loving memory of my Mother, Robyn Bishop Silva Fernald

 

COMICS

For my mother, who was a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and even bigger fan of the new show! Pick up Sherlock “Mind Palace Coloring Book to get to the bottom of this century’s biggest mysteries with  the soothing power of coloring! ,,, It’s better than the Phantom Menace but looks like Upsher and Doff are headed to the depths as they get back on the case in Saga #33. … Maika must confront the deadly secrets that live inside her in Image Comics’ Monstress #3.

 

 

I love you, Mumma.

 

Big Thumbs Way Up.


Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. January 20, 2016

 

COMICS

The princess kidnapper Ice King from Adventure Time gets his due in a new #1. We’re pretty sure is penguin pal Gunter is around for the ride too! ,,,Things are heating up in G.I.Joe as Cobra World Order #224 as the ruthless terrorist organization is determined to rule the world! … Also by sensei Larry Hama is Call of Duty: Black Ops III #3 — this prequel comic is written by someone very familiar with ordinances and strategy of modern warfare and we have been enjoying it so far! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

 

 

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. January 13, 2016

 

 

COMICS

Sometimes an event comic can change the world, and here it is, FINALLY. Big things happen (or have already happened) over at Marvel as Secret Wars concludes with issue #9. We loved Gail Simone’s Leaving Megalopolis graphic novel, and here comes the sequel in comic form. Good guys have gone bad in Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #1 — one of the best superhero stories of the past few years from the former Batgirl writer. … Clark Kent is confused for the rich kid of instagram Bruce Wayne in Superman: American Alien #3 (of 7) from Max Landis and Joëlle Jones!… Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. January 6, 2016

 

COMICS

Uncanny X-Men return with a new #1 from Cullen Bunn (Magneto) with Greg Land on art. This team stars Magneto and Sabertooth at the helm of these baddies that also includes Psylocke and Archangel. … Swamp Thing returns to form with co-creator Len Wein and gorgeous art by Kelley Jones as Alec confronts the forces of dark magic! … Escape from he prison planet as Kelley Sue’s Bitch Planet #6 starts a new arc with guest artist Taki Soma. Are you Non-Compliant? … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. December 30, 2015

 

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That’s not a name I’ve heard in a long time, a long time. Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 has all the midichlorians Episode VII was afraid to give you. … All-New Wolverine #3 is one of our favorite run of these new Marvel books. Tom Taylor’s spotlight on X-23 faces her up against the deadly Taskmaster! … I keep reminding you that Warren Ellis (Moon Knight, Iron Man) is writing THE James Bond 007 book for Dynamite, but you won’t listen. Issue #3 is out today, I guess, but you don’t care. … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. December 16, 2015

COMICS

Something about this movie coming out this week getting everyone’s wizard robes in a bunch! The Darth Vader Annual #1 will give you something to read in line when Fox News shows you getting ready for the thing at 7pm Thursday. Take your first step into a larger world. Mark Millar’s (Kick-Ass, Kingsmen: Secret Service) Huck #2 is the story of a quiet but very sincere superhero, now getting some unwanted attention from the media. …Star Trek Academy #1 might stand a fighting change against the other franchise as we learn more about students joining Starfleet! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.