The excellent Belgian comics creator Judith Vanistendael will be at the Librairie Galerie Brusel, 100 Boulevard Anspach, on the 20th of January at 6pm to promote her new book David, les Femmes et la Mort, being published by Le Lombard. It’s an intriguing looking tale of a man facing almost certain death after a cancer diagnosis and the effect this has on those around him as mortality casts its long, dark shadow across their lives.
Judith is one of those creators our own Continental Correspondent Wim first put us on to and we were delighted when the good folks at SelfMadeHero translated and published her Dance by the Light of the Moon in English, an achingly beautiful, touching tale that made it to several Best of the Year lists (mine included) that year. She handled the emotional side of that tale very well, deftly managed to balance romance against the everyday real world of family life, work etc, so I am sure that the new book will similarly hande the emotional aspects of the story extremely well.
And for those of you who took up our recommendation of reading Judith and loved her work there is more good news as our chums at SMH are also translating this new book and we should be seeing it in the UK in April under the title When David Lost His Voice, which is great to hear. That’s another one on my Must Read list for this year. In our weekly newsletter we regularly recommend some top graphic novels you should have on your shelves to build a classic, quality library and in a pure slice of coincidence this week I had picked Judith’s Dance by the Light of the Moon, which we have on special for the next couple of weeks so do give it a try if you haven’t already.