TANITOC is a French bande dessinee artist, writer and lecturer. He is the author of two graphic novels, and a founder-member of the International Bande Dessinee Society. He is known as a scholar on comics criticism and theory. He has run workshops in France, Ireland, Britain and Japan. He lives in the Loire Valley with his family.

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Q & A

What’s your favorite book?
The Dalkey Archive by Flann O'Brien, Cheap Novelties by Ben Katchor, The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (and Nabokov's lectures on the subject), the letters written between Henry James and Robert Louis Stevenson – and many more. Oh, and anything by Segar, Bud Neill, Lyonel Feininger or Roy Crane (if I stick to English speaking comic creators).
If you were shipwrecked on a desert island, what one piece of media would you take with you?  If it isn’t your favorite book, explain how you came to this peculiar decision.
I would keep a radio: I haven't yet come over the fact that one can listen to far, far away sounds, just like that! I love the human voice, accents, and listening to obscure folk musics. One of my dreams would be to write a radio play.
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
The vanilla ice-cream made in Dora's in Beith, Ayrshire, on the West coast of Scotland.
How are you planning to survive the zombie apocalypse?
I am already one of the survivors: I haven't had a television set since 1990.
What’s your favorite word?
In English: “flow” or “swing;” In French: the verb “ravigoter,” which means invigorate (by swimming in the Irish sea, for instance) or perk one's up (by having a little whiskey in the local pub afterwards) – something to do with feeling alive.
If you suddenly fell into a dimensional vortex and ended up in 1529, what profession would you adopt?
François Rabelais's wine taster.
Black or white?  Cats or dogs?  Apples or oranges?  Robots or vampires?
Walking rather than running. Brush rather than pen. Siestas rather than sports. Smiling rather than laughing. Skip James rather than Elvis Presley. Gill sans rather than Comic sans. Glasgow rather than Paris. Clumsy drawings rather than pretty pictures. In any artform: questions rather than answers. Kaurismaki rather than Tarantino. Kurosawa rather than Von Trier. Keaton rather than Besson. With my friends: an open fire in my garden rather than a night club in town.
What’s the worst fortune cookie advice you ever got?  Did you take it?
“Try your best to sound witty when filling a questionnaire in a foreign language.” Guess what?

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written by C.C. Colbert, illustrated by Tanitoc
First Second

In a time when brother was pitted against brother, no family was more divided than the Booths. The United States has become violently polarized. Political...

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