CF is a Providence-based artist and musician. His books include Powr mastrs 1-3, Sediment, and Mere (all published by PictureBox). His story “Mosfet Warlock and the Mechlin Men” was included in The Best American Comics 2009 edited by Charles Burns. Since May 2011, he has published a monthly comic…
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“There’s no false utopia presented in Vigneault’s future world, merely an aspirational sci-fi narrative that allows us to reflect back on our own social issues through the lens of this re-contextualization process. Vigneault’s lines dance between a sort of Herge influenced European classicism, complete with ligne-claire coifs of hair, and the full-bodied beady sweat style of many modern alt cartoonists, running the erratic lineage from Robert Crumb to Charles Burns to Noah Van Sciver. Vigneault is generous with his world-building backgrounds, and offers a warm tri-color glow of black, white, and an orange hue that gives the impression of what life must be like on a distant moon orbiting a gas giant planet. Compiling the first two installments of a planned six, complete with an unexpected intimate cliffhanger, it also gives me the impression that I can’t wait to see what’s next in this series. ”
“Vigneault’s really cleaned up a lot of the rough edges in his art (I credit that in part to those excellent bird minicomics he likes to draw) and has added a layer of style that makes this a smooth but still highly personal read. The format, design and every aspect of production make this a beautiful comic to look at. Fans of ‘hard’ sci-fi will enjoy the way that certain details regarding life on Titan play out sociologically and in terms of technology, especially in the way that technology has the potential to completely erase a way of life.”
This weekend: Press Gang will be returning to the Olympia Comics Fest!
Olympia Comics Fest • Saturday June 8nd, 11am-1pm Stage Show at the Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave. SW, Olympia, WA), 1:30-6:30pm Northwest Cartoonist Expo at the Olympia Center (222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, WA)
Reviews of Farel Dalrymple’s It Will All Hurt and François Vigneault’s Titan over at Comics Bulletin:
“It’s worth the money for the tactile experience of reading a comic where somebody actively cared what paper it as printed on, not to mention living in a world where there’s more physical evidence of Farel Dalyrmple’s art… some of his best work yet. All imperfect lines and understated watercolors, he relies on three-tier, six-panel layouts as a default but seems itching to break the formula, which he does frequently and gleefully, often making amazing use of the negative gutter space as parts of his panels bleed out into it or inhabit the white space entirely. It’s always interesting for the reader as the artist keeps himself on his toes.”
—Danny Djeljosevic, 4.5/5 stars
“François Vigneault has created a multifaceted, fully dimensional universe in these opening two chapters of a six-part series. Any science fiction fan can quickly find themselves comfortable in the setting of this tension-filled moon. But the setting on the moon feels unfamiliar because it’s so specific, so unique to Vigneault’s imagination and so full-fledged in its vision… The settings of the mining colony are presented in small but telling details in the foreground and background—we’re neither overwhelmed nor underwhelmed by detail. Instead we get just enough detail in Vigneault’s artwork—wonderfully presented in black, white and orange—to make Titan come alive as we read about it.”
The extended Press Gang table at this year’s Stumptown Comics Fest gets plenty of love from the Comics Reporter, recommended buys include Adapt #1 by Jonny Negron, Benjamin Marra’s comics, and the King City trade by Brandon Graham. Yup yup.