Official Press Release
The Beguiling, Canada’s premier comic book retailer, is honoured to welcome Lewis Trondheim, the prolific French cartoonist and author, for his first visit to Toronto. Trondheim is one of the bestselling, most-awarded, and most beloved cartoonists in the world, with well over 100 French albums to his credit and more than a dozen works currently translated into English. Trondheim’s interactive stage presentation will combine narration, live drawing and a moderated Q&A with fans old and new, on Saturday September 25th at 7pm, at Innis Town Hall on The University of Toronto campus.
“Trondheim’s work is remarkable and inspiring,” says Peter Birkemoe, owner of Toronto’ss The Beguiling. “An appearance like this by him in any city in Europe, or even Quebec, would be mobbed with fans. This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime events that our customers kick themselves for missing, so I certainly hope they take the opportunity to meet Mr. Trondheim and enjoy what I’ve heard is a fantastic presentation!”
Lewis Trondheim got his cartooning start in the mid 1980s, working in a contemporary fiction and autobiography vein, but drawing all of his characters as anthropomorphic bears, dogs, cats (or in the case of Trondheim himself, birds). His quirky and unique take quickly won him acclaim both with fans and other cartoonists.
He co-founded the groundbreaking French comics publishing house L’Association (publisher of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Epileptic by David B.) while continuing to work for some of the biggest publishers in the world, including Dargaud and Delcourt. In 2006 Trondheim was awarded the most prestigious title in cartooning, winning The Grand Prix de la Ville d’Angouleme, making him president of the Angouleme Comics Festival in 2007.
“In English,” Birkemoe explains, “translation of Trondheim’s work has spanned every genre, from his autobiographical travel books Little Nothings to the epic fantasy-adventure series Dungeon, his kids titles Kaput and Zosky, Tiny Tyrant, and Aileen, and a terrific assortment of quirky and unique individual titles. Trondheim is one of the few cartoonists working in any language who is providing, literally, something for everyone.”
An extensive collection of Lewis Trondheim’s comics in English and in French are currently available for sale at The Beguiling (601 Markham Street) and will be available for sale at the event.
Lewis Trondheim appears in Toronto courtesy of L’Alliance FranÃ§aise and The French Consulate.