Last year, the European media conglomerate Arte presented Eté, a long-form story strip by Thomas Cadène, Joseph Safieddine, and Erwann Surcouf that ran exclusively on Instagram. In daily installments, it told the very up-to-the-minute story of Olivia and Abel, two millennial lovers who give each other one summer of total freedom to experience everything on their respective bucket lists before hitching up in September.
The comic met with very favourable reviews, not in the least thanks to the way it combined the typical Insta tropes, such as short animations, consecutive images, hashtags, etc, with the wonderful art by Surcouf.
As of the end of June, a second season of Eté will be released on the same medium, this time with artwork by cartoonist and animator Cécile Bidault, probably best known for last year’s L’Ecorce Des Choses (The Bark of Things). Her art style, which combines sweet, cozy cartooning with almost abstract formal animation could be more ideal for this story, and I’m quite looking forward to seeing how it all develops.