No candy for Saint-Patrick’s Day?

A Cartoon Page for Saint-Patrick’s Day

Candy is part of so many holidays! Then, why don’t we have that tradition of candy giving on Saint-Patrick’s Day? Doudou knows why and she thinks it’s sad. But something cheers her up every year… My paternal grand-mother was Irish and my mother always celebrated Saint-Patricks’s Day. A warm and nice gesture to acknowledge my father’s heritage.

No candy fro Saint-Patrick's. A cartoon from Stairway Stories.

No candy fro Saint-Patrick’s. A cartoon from Stairway Stories.

 

International Women’s Day 2013

 End violence towards women!

The theme chosen by the United Nations for this year’s International Women”s Day is:

“A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”

The theme from Status of Women Canada is similar:

“Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women”

This years’s theme brought me back to my childhood and inspired me to write this one-page story. The characters from my comic book series Stairway Stories, Doudou, Danny, his cousin Michel, Marion, the best friend, and Louise, the friend-ennemy witness  a situation of domestic violence and intervene… Looking back, it seems to me that there was a lot of domestic violence around us when I was growing up. Not only from men towards women but from parents towards children, and children towards children. I remember a particular family, a friend from school who also lived in my neighborhood. This school friend, “Gaëtane” in my story, not only suffered violence at the hands of her parents, but  was also hit by her older brothers.  I was also puzzled and horrified to see how she herself acted towards her little sister. She could go, in a few short moments, from being  extraordinarily affectionate to terribly brutal. Violence towards women begins early..

No to violence towards women.

No to violence towards women.

Journée internationale de la femme 2013.

Mettre fin à la violence à l’égard des femmes

Cette année, pour la Journée internationale de la femme 2013,  les Nations Unies ont retenu un thème qui est malheureusement toujours d’actualité:

« Une promesse est une promesse : il est temps de passer à l’action pour mettre fin à la violence à l’égard des femmes ».

Le thème retenu par le Canada s’inscrit dans l’optique générale de celle des Nations Unies.

Condition féminine Canada: « Travaillons ensemble : engager les hommes dans l’élimination de la violence faite aux femmes ».

Le Conseil du statut de la femme du Québec propose une série d’activités pour célébrer l’évènement.

Le thème m’a inspiré une petite histoire, basée encore une fois sur un souvenir d’enfance. Les personnages de ma série Histoires d’escaliers, Doudou, Danny, le cousin Michel, la grande amie Marion, et l’ennemie-amie Marion font face une situation de violence familiale. Il me semble que ce genre de violence, malheureusement, se retrouvait assez fréquemment autour de nous quand nous étions jeunes. Les enfants en faisaient souvent les frais. Mais j’ai souvenir d’une famille en particulier, d’une camarade du cours primaire, une voisine de quartier… Cette camarade de classe, comme la « Gaëtane » de mon histoire, subissait  non seulement la violence de ses parents, mais aussi celle de ses frères plus vieux. Elle oscillait d’ailleurs elle-même, à ma grande surprise,  entre la brutalité méchante et l’affection débordante envers sa soeur plus jeune. La violence envers les femmes s’apprend jeune…

Pour la Journée internationale des femmes, 2013

Pour la Journée internationale des femmes, 2013

Glossaire:

Pour tous ceux et celles, francophones et francophiles, qui pourraient ne pas comprendre certaines des expressions de l’histoire:

A’ vas s’faire pocher, pareil: « Elle va quand même perdre (… toutes ses billes) ».

Si tu veux pas manger une claque: « Si tu ne veux pas te faire gifler ».

… de fesser dessus : « … de la frapper (très fort) ».

Batteurs de femmes : « Ceux qui battent les femmes ».

Histoires d’escaliers. Stairway Stories

Histoires d’escaliers. Doudou et Louise.

Une nouvelle histoire qui commence dans ma série Histoires d’escaliers. J’essaie un nouveau style: Aquarelle et encre sépia. Je voudrais donner un aspect plus doux à mes illustrations. Je pourrais même adoucir un peu plus…

Quand à l’histoire… Pouvez-vous deviner ce que Louise et Doudou se racontent? Envoyez-moi vos idées!

Stairway Stories. Doudou et Louise.

A new story for my series Stairway Stories. I’m trying a new style. Watercolor and sepia ink. I would like to give a softer touch to the illustrations. It still needs work.

And for the story… Can you guess what Louise and Doudou are saying to each others? Send me your ideas!

Histoires d'escaliers. Stairway Stories. Doudou, Louise.

Histoires d’escaliers. Stairway Stories. Doudou, Louise.

 

Doudou, Danny and Valentine’s Day.

A trip for Valentine’s Day

Doudou and Danny are the main characters in my comic book series, Stairway Stories. They are six years-old and best friends. Danny just got a marvelous present from his father: a red tricycle. So, the two friends decide to use it to go on a trip. They want to go as far as possible. They want to go on the most wonderful trip in the world. And from what they understood, listening to the adults and the radio shows, watching some television, they know what that destination is, what trip they should go on. And there, they go…

This story is based on a childhood memory. I went on that marvelous trip with my little neighbor Alain, on the back of his tricycle. We got the idea after finding an old bouquet of flowers in our neighbor’s garbage. You can’t go on this trip without some flowers…

This morning, I was thinking of Valentine’s Day and that memory just came back to me.

A Honeymoon story for Valentine's Day. Stairway Stories by Danièle Archambault

A Honeymoon story for Valentine’s Day. Stairway Stories by Danièle Archambault

Stairway Stories” Time to shovel all that snow!

Stairway Stories. Time to shovel all that snow, Doudou!

Here’s the second page of this winter story from my second book: Stairway Stories. On the way to school. 

First, Doudou is insulted by Danny’s remark:

Stairway Stories. Winter fun. Shoveling.

Stairway Stories. Winter fun. Shoveling.

Then she gets to work:

Stairway Stories. Winter fun. Doudou gets to work.

Stairway Stories. Winter fun. Doudou gets to work.

 

Stairway Stories. Winter fun. Doudou gets to work.

Stairway Stories. Winter fun. Doudou gets to work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She’s proud of herself:

Stairway Stories. Winter fun. Doudou is proud of herself.

Stairway Stories. Winter fun. Doudou is proud of herself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doudou is REALLY proud of herself! And she discovered one of the great pleasures of shoveling snow when you live next to an annoying neighbor!

Stairway Stories. Winter fun. Doudou is proud of herself.

Stairway Stories. Winter fun. Doudou is proud of herself.

 

 

 

 

Stairway Stories. So much snow!

Stairway Stories. A snowy surprise!

A huge snowstorm in Montreal on Thursday. More than 45 cm of snow (almost 18 inches)! Yesterday,I took a walk in Villeray, the neighborhood where Doudou and Danny, the characters from my comic series Stairway Stories, live. I took wonderful pictures of stairways and streets covered with fresh, white snow I was delighted to find a stairway still completely covered with snow.

It reminded me of one of the stories from my second book: Stairway Stories. On the Way to School. Doudou and Danny have to shovel their balconies and their stairways.

Here are the pictures I took today from this amazing stairway covered in snow and the first page of my comic book stories. I’ll post the second page tomorrow!

Snowstorm and stairways!

Snowstorm and stairways!

Snowstorm and stairways! A close-up!

Snowstorm and stairways! A close-up!

 

Surprise! It snowed! A page from the comic album Stairway Stories. On the Way to School.

Surprise! It snowed! A page from the comic album Stairway Stories. On the Way to School.

 

 

 

Histoires d’escaliers-Que de neige!

Histoires d’escaliers. Surprise enneigée!

Grosse tempête de neige à Montréal, jeudi. Il est tombé 45 cm de neige! Hier, vendredi, j’ai profité de cette belle bordée de neige toute neuve pour aller me promener dans les rues de Villeray, quartier où se déroulent les aventures de Doudou et Danny, personnages de ma série Histoires d’escaliers. J’ai pu ainsi photographier le quartier sous la neige. J’ai même eu l’heureuse surprise de découvrir un escalier encore tout enneigé! Les locataires auront toute une surprise lorsqu’ils ouvriront la porte de leur balcon!

Mais la vue de cet escalier m’a rappelé une histoire de Doudou et Danny publiée dans le deuxième album: Histoires d’escaliers. Sur le chemin des écoliers.

Voici d’abord les photos de l’escalier et ensuite la première planche de cette histoire de neige. La deuxième sera pour demain.

 

Escalier enneigé à Montréal. Attention en ouvrant la porte du balcon!

Escalier enneigé à Montréal. Attention en ouvrant la porte du balcon!

 

 

Escalier enneigé à Montréal. Que de neige!

Escalier enneigé à Montréal. Que de neige!

 

Surprise! Il a neigé! Histoires d'escaliers. Sur le chemin des écoliers.

Surprise! Il a neigé! Histoires d’escaliers. Sur le chemin des écoliers.

 

My 2012 Christmas Card is all about Stairways…

Stairway stories: 2012 Christmas card.

My 2012 Christmas cards are ready. Got some printed already, in Montreal. Then, I’ll get the English  version printed in California.The card, this year too, features the characters from my series Stairway Stories.  Here’s an excerpt without  Doudou and Danny but with the famous Montreal stairways, under a blanket of snow. I’m also working on a small video to showcase the card. I am in Montreal this week and it snowed a few days ago. Not enough, though… I’m looking forward to those beautiful winter sceneries.

Stairway Stories. Christmas card 2012. Danièle Archambault

The stairways from my 2012 Christmas card. The characters will be there soon.
Danièle Archambault

Life on their own…

Out of the nest…Almost.

 

Life on their own. Video chat with mom. Cartoon by Danièle Archambault.

Life on their own. Video chat with mom. Cartoon by Danièle Archambault.

Her’s a new cartoon in this series about young adults living on their own. This time the story features a boy. It’s easy to get ideas for new stories on that topic. I have reached this time in my life when young people all around me are leaving their house to go live in their own apartment. This is so exciting for them. Friends, nieces, nephews, even my own kids!

However, I got the idea for this story by video chatting with my friends. Every time somebody calls me, I can’t help but looking around the room wondering what they can see. Kids are not the only who can be messy…