Compendium of Franco-Belgian comics

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Compendium of Franco-Belgian comics takes as a starting point the 48cc (48 pages, colour printing, hardcover) comic book format. The name contemptuously christened by the alternative publisher l’Association, points to the product of a normative and just-in-time book industry that dominates the French speaking publishing landscape. During a single afternoon Manouach purchased a selection of forty-eight second hand 48cc books and after careful reading he built a non-exhaustive idiosyncratic index of the elements considered to generally define the tradition of francobelgian comics. Among a variety of comics proto-memes, metanarrative devices, paratextual elements and other hovering dark clouds, shark wings, identity stereotypes and body-shaped holes, the Compendium presents itself as an orchestral comic book, where instantiations of his typology, freed from the imperatives of specific narratives can be read as the in situ building blocks of the European BD. Compendium comes as a co-production of 8 different European publishers, with a print run of 1500 and demonstrates the inherent linguistic properties of the comics medium. This book and its relation with contemporary art has been discussed extensively in Lorenz Antognini's MA thesis (UNIL, 2018).
Translated title of the contributionCompendium of Franco-Belgian comics
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Place of PublicationBrussels, Belgium
Number of pages48
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018
MoE publication typeE2 Popularised monograph


  • conceptual art
  • comics
  • 48cc

Field of art

  • Contemporary art

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