Atom Agency av Olivier Schwartz och Yann

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Atom Agency av Olivier Schwartz och Yann

Inläggav Jerry Tumbler » tis 18 dec 2018, 21:16

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Introduction (part 1):
The artist Olivier Schwartz (Spirou, etc.) and the scenarist Yann (known from Angel Wings, Bear's Tooth (Dent d'ours), etc.) intended to continue Gil Jourdan, but the heirs of Maurice Tillieux didn't alllow this. So they recently startet their own private-detective series: "Atom Agency", with the young Armenian detective Atom Vercorian from Paris, his temperamental fiancé Mimi and their friend, the former wrestler Jojo La Toupie. The stories are in the 40s (just after WW-II) and 50s. The drawing-style of Schwartz is close to Maurice Tillieux, and this new series has indeed a "Gil Jourdan - feel". But considering this as plagiarism goes too far. (Perhaps closer: Atom Vercorian a clone from Gil Jourdan.)

The main characters: Atom Vercorian, Mimi and Jojo La Toupie:

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Atom Agency, Paris, France:

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Atom Agency del 1 (released on 19 October 2018) is well received. This story had a pre-publication in the Spirou magazine too.
Preview pages from Atom Agency del 1: Publisher Dupuis, Brussels

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Atom Agency del 1, Spirou del 4192 (för publicering)

Schwartz, Yann and Publisher Dupuis want to continue Atom Agency. So far Atom Agency has been released in in France, The Netherlands and Belgium. Meanwhile Atom Agency del 1 has 2 special editions.

Scenarist Yann interviewed by the French Television about his new grahic novel series Atom Agency (...and del 1 "The jewelry of Begum"):

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(unthinkable in Sweden I fear…)

Atom Vercorian and his fiancé Mimi:

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© Olivier Schwartz, 2017

End of part 1.
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Inläggav Wakuran » tis 18 dec 2018, 23:43

Hmm, despite that monochrome image, it seems the English title "Atom Agency" will be used both natively and internationally.

I guess that the character's name Atom Vercorian also is a thinly veiled reference to the "Atomic Style" used in the artwork of Yves Chaland and his peers…

(Looks pretty good, otherwise, although my impression of Yann's writing is that his scripts tend to be rather messy and jumbled…)
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Inläggav Jerry Tumbler » ons 19 dec 2018, 05:00

Yes, I also think that "Atom Agency" will be used both natively and internationally. Allthough, on the 3rd image in my post we read the expected native "Agence Atom". The business-card of Atom is also with the English title: image 1 and the latest: image 2 (with improved logo).
In the upcoming stories, Atom could be active outside France too and/or the publisher and creative team intent to release this new series outside France. Angel Wings, another series by Yann, has an international title, even the majority of the album titles. And Angel Wings is released in many countries, even in Japan and China. Nowadays, with an aging graphic novel market, one has to cross the border to be profitable. Especially with a new series. The promotion campain is huge: 3 special editions, media and pre-publication of drawings by the artist (like Romain Hugault), etc.

I do have mixed feelings about the scenarios from Yannick Le Pennetier, aka Yann (64). In my opinion he is writing at the same time for too many series *) and his scenarios often lack depth: at least their quality varies, fluctuates. Unpredictable in a negative sense. He likes peculiarities, underexposed (historical) events (sometimes rewriting them), in which he seeks out the boundaries. And his stories are often stretched from a oneshot or dyptich to a trilogy.
Often the quality of the artist has to compensate the shortcomings in his scenarios.
Nevertheless, my graphic novel collection contains more and more albums with scenarios by Yann I have noticed. I also want to give him a chance with "Atom Agency". At least I like the drawings and setting.

*) Thorgal (main series), Thorgal-The Young Years (spin-off), Sauvage, Double-7, Spirou, Angel Wings, Buck Danny Classic, Atom Agency, XIII-Mystery.
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Introduction, part 2: some impressions from Atom Agency:
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The pennyless young private-detective Atom Vercorian and his stubborn fiancé Mimi. By-the-way, Atom is a cousin of Charles Aznavour...

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Del 1: "The jewelry of Begum":
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Atom Agency del 1: special, limited edition (black & white): YouTube
Ditto:
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Notice "black/white" on a French album. (And "detective" in French is "polar".)

The 2nd special, limited edition:
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On the left: police-officer and Atom's father Tigran Vercorian (no member of the Atom Agency):
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Mimi:
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Paris, France:
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A review in French language.
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Inläggav BoJustBo » ons 19 dec 2018, 09:10

Olivier schwartz does it again, great artist.
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Inläggav Jerry Tumbler » ons 19 dec 2018, 09:39

BoJustBo skrev:Olivier schwartz does it again, great artist.
I agree. But somestimes... I dislike the design of his drawing below: too many text in one image for the man on the left:

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(He has a strange mouth also. And it looks like the lady on the right is running in stead of walking. And why even more cookies... there are already a lot of cookies on the desk. In short, "Murphy's Law".) But I like the vintage fly-catcher at the blower/fan.

The opposite: this image design is OK though:

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Atom Agency del 1 in German language: Carlsen Verlag
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Inläggav Wakuran » ons 19 dec 2018, 11:36

Jerry Tumbler skrev:
BoJustBo skrev:Olivier schwartz does it again, great artist.
I agree. But somestimes... I dislike the design of his drawing below: too many text in one image for the man on the left:

Maybe all the text could be due to Yann's misjudged attempt of trying to add local and contemporary flair by peppering the dialogue with slang and expressions from the place and time. My French isn't great, but when I've tried to read Yann in French, the dialogue could often come across a bit strained, I felt… (Maybe a native, or a better, French speaker would appreciate the attempts more, though…)
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Inläggav Jerry Tumbler » ons 19 dec 2018, 23:17

I agree. But Schwartz could have given his drawing less text-balloons by adding a second drawing with only the garage owner saying the additional text, for instance like this way :

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By splitting the drawing no 3 chained text balloons, and no 4th text balloon at the bottom. The image now looks clearer.
Still a compromise though: prefer 1 text balloon per person.
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Inläggav Jerry Tumbler » tor 20 dec 2018, 07:31

Scenario ATOM AGENCY del 1 "The jewelry of the Begum" (brief):
"Atom Vercorian, a young private eye and dedicated detective, decides to stand in for his father, the police chief Tigran Vercorian, leading the
investigation into the disappearance of Begum Aga Khan's jewelry. In August 1949, the wealthiest couple in the world were the victims of a robbery as speedy as it was spectacular, the value of the stolen goods amounting to over 200 million francs."


This true story inspired artist Hergé to coin the famous exclamation by his Tintin character, Bianca Castafiore: "Heavens! My Jewels!"
Between vintage elegance and graphic modernism, this wonderfully retro self-contained adventure story toys with the genre's codes and flirts with the classics.

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Other albums by the creative team Schwartz & Yann:

- GRINGOS LOCOS (a one-shot, 56 pages):

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Scenario (brief): The franco-belgian artists Joseph Gillain (aka Jijé), Franquin and Morris drive through the United States and Mexico in an old Ford Hudson in the hope of being hired by Disney."

Few authors would dare to imagine such a venture. And yet Schwartz and Yann did it: they tell us this absolutely authentic story with humor in this album which is historic in more ways than one.

- These 2 Spirou one-shots (numerous artists and scenarists made Spirou one-shots):

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Inläggav BoJustBo » tor 20 dec 2018, 09:19

3 spirou albums actually. And they're available in swedish too for once.
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:arrow: Interesting interview with artist Olivier Schwartz regarding the differences and similarities between Atom Agency and Gil Jourdan: in French.
With info about Atom Agency del 2 also.

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2 other Spirou one-shots by Schwartz & Yann:

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Inläggav Jerry Tumbler » tor 20 dec 2018, 16:57

Paris, sommar 1949:
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Atom Agency, sida 15a. © Olivier Schwartz, 2017

2x Atom Agency del 1 "special, limited edition", inkluderande bonus ("ex-libris" och "business-card"):
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Våra 3 hjältar:
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© Olivier Schwartz
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Jerry Tumbler skrev:Other albums by the creative team Schwartz & Yann:

- GRINGOS LOCOS (a one-shot, 56 pages):

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Scenario (brief): The franco-belgian artists Joseph Gillain (aka Jijé), Franquin and Morris drive through the United States and Mexico in an old Ford Hudson in the hope of being hired by Disney."

Few authors would dare to imagine such a venture. And yet Schwartz and Yann did it: they tell us this absolutely authentic story with humor in this album which is historic in more ways than one.

A sequel had to be cancelled because the children of the cartoonists complained, if I remember correctly.
Jerry Tumbler skrev:- These 2 Spirou one-shots (numerous artists and scenarists made Spirou one-shots):

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Jerry Tumbler skrev:2 other Spirou one-shots by Schwartz & Yann:

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These last two aren't "other" one-shots, they're the same stories as above, but with special covers and translated to Bruxellois French, if I remember correctly.
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Atom Agency del 2: "Liten cockchafer" (2019):

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Olivier Schwartz signing Atom Agency del 1: YouTube.

Trailer "Operation Fladdermus"/"Le groom vert-de-gris": YouTube.


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Spirou del 4192 (16.08.2018): introduction Atom Agency by the creative team:

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Try-outs:
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