DanieleBD-Comics at APE 2013!

 

Daniele Archambault at tAPE 2013!  Table 606.

Come see me at APE 2013 in San Francisco, October 12 and 13! 

I will be at Alternative Press Expo, table 606. Saturday, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Sunday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Come say hello and get a free postcard!

Do your Christmas shopping early! Special APE prices  for any of my:

  • Bilingual comic books.
  • Prints
  • Greeting cards
  • Calendars
  • Buttons
  • New! Prints on metal!

Don’t miss my workshop! E-book Publishing 101.

On Sunday, October 13, 12:30 pm  to 1:30 pm, I’ll share my experience of self-publishing my first multitouch E-book. Get tips on conversion tools, file formatting, publishing options, pricing, and navigating the process without losing your mind or spending a lot of money.

 

Spring forward… to a Graphic Novel Class!

Graphic Novel class at the Palo Alto Art Center

The graphic novel class at the Palo Alto Art Center is all about telling stories using sequential art. The class will resume on April 16 for another six meetings. Whether or not you took the class before, you can join us every Tuesday night from 7 to 9 PM at the Palo Alto Art Center.  Each week,  you can choose to devote the whole evening on working on your own project or on learning a new style or a new technique.  Come and spend a pleasant evening creating wonderful sequential art in the company of people who share your interests.

Email me if you have questions or comments.

Click here to Register online right now!.

Danièle

Spring Graphic Novel class at the Palo Alto Art Center.

Spring Graphic Novel class at the Palo Alto Art Center.

 

Une grand-maman irlandaise au Québec- Prise 2

La fête de la Saint-Patrick arrive bientôt.  Pour l’occasion, j’ai fait une nouvelle planche.  Je la mettrai sur mon blog d’ici deux jours, mais en attendant, voici mon entrée pour la Saint-Patrick 2012… 

Bonne lecture!

Doudou et les Irlandais du Québec?

Doudou et les Irlandais du Québec. Danièle Archambault

La grand-maman de Doudou est Irlandaise!

La grand-maman paternelle de Doudou est Irlandaise. Elle parle français, avec parfois des traces d’anglais (surtout dans le vocabulaire ), mais, fait bien important, elle est aussi catholique comme la plupart des Canadiens français. Autrement, le grand-papa de Doudou n’aurait pas pu l’épouser…

La présence des Irlandais au Québec remonte à très longtemps. Certains sont même déjà installés en Nouvelle-France lors de la Conquête du pays par les Britanniques, mais parfois sous un nom français. Par la suite, il y aura de nombreuses vagues d’immigration irlandaise. À la fin du XIXe siècle, ils constitueront même le groupe ethnique le plus important au Canada après les Canadiens français

Lors du recensement de 2006 par Statistique Canada, plus de 406, 000 Québécois se disent de descendance irlandaise. Mais dans les faits, ce chiffre est probablement beaucoup plus élevé. En effet, pour plusieurs raisons, dont la francisation des noms de famille (par exemple, ThimothyReilly, O’Sullivan qui deviennent respectivement ThimothéeRiel et Sylvain) beaucoup de Québécois ignorent même qu’ils sont de descendance irlandaise.

Et si on retrouve au Québec, des personnes au nom de famille français qui sont en fait des noms irlandais francisés, on compte aussi des Québécois ayant un nom de famille irlandais mais de langue française.  Lors de l’épidémie de typhus de 1847 qui a fait mourir un très grand nombre d’immigrants irlandais, plusieurs orphelins ont été adoptés par des familles canadiennes-françaises. Comme ces familles sont catholiques (alors que la population anglaise, elle, est protestante), les enfants ont pu conserver leur foi. Fait surprenant, ils ont aussi été autorisés à conserver leur nom irlandais même s’ils ont été élevés… en français.

Deux Québécois célèbres (parmi beaucoup d’autres) issus d’un mariage mixte (Irlandais et Français): Madame Bolduc, notre première chansonnière québécoise et Émile Nelligan, un grand poète du Québec.

Mais revenons à Doudou…

Sa maman s’assure donc de toujours souligner la fête de la Saint-Patrick en l’honneur du papa de Doudou.  Il y a toujours un beau gâteau décoré en vert, des trèfles et aujourd’hui, de la tourtière aux patates.

Et soudain, Doudou a une question…

Doudou et la tourti;re aux patates.

Références:

On trouve de tout sur l’internet. Si vous désirez en savoir plus sur les Irlandais au Québec, je vous suggère de commencer par ce site. Mais attention! Ce n’est pas le père de Marguerite d’Youville, fondatrice des Soeurs de la Charité de Montréal, qui était Irlandais, mais bien le deuxième époux de sa mère .

Canadian Irish Studies Foundation 

Un article très intéressant, celui  de Aidan, McQuillan, Université de Toronto.

Des chemins divergents: les Irlandais et les Canadiens français au XIXe siècle

Pour les statistiques:

Statistique Canada. 2010. Recensement visuel. Recensement de 2006. Ottawa. Diffusé le 7 décembre 2010. 

 

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.

How to Read Graphic Novels. A talk at the Palo Alto Art Center.

How to Read Graphic Novels. Even if you’re not a Comic Book Fan.

This is a early announcement for a talk that I’ll be giving at the Palo Alto Art Center, next month.

The event is free and open to the public!

Title: How to Read Graphic Novels. Even if you’re not a Comic Book Fan.

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 7 PM

Where: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Information: (650) 329-2366 (Palo Alto Art Center) or send me an email.

Summary:

Graphic novels are everywhere these days. You find them in classrooms, in libraries, even on the required reading lists of college literature classes. Why is the world suddenly so fascinated by these comic books? In this one-hour talk, Dr. Danièle Archambault will bring you on a guided tour of the world of graphic novels. Find out about the history of graphic novels and the many genres in which they developed. Learn the literary and visual art techniques favored by an array of authors of various cultures and backgrounds. After the presentation, you’ll go home with a list of suggested readings (fiction and non-fiction) and a whole new appreciation for the increasingly popular world of graphic novels.

 

How to Read Graphic Novels. A talk by Danièle Archambault at the Palo Alto Art Center.

How to Read Graphic Novels. A talk by Danièle Archambault at the Palo Alto Art Center.

 

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

Graphic Novel Class-Palo Alto Art Center

Learn how to write a graphic novel!

I’ll be teaching a weekly graphic novel class for adults at the Palo Alto Art Center, starting in February 2013. Students 16 years and older are welcomed.

When? Tuesday nights, 7 to 9 PM. February 5 to March 13.

Where? Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Registration? Register online or in person at the Palo Alto Art Center.

Information? Art Center (650) 329-2366 OR

Send me your questions by email

Graphic Novel Class by Danièle Archambault

A new weekly Graphic novel class for adults (16 years and over) at the Palo Alto Art Center. Winter 2013

Develop your appreciation for the world of graphic novels.

Graphic novels offer a unique and exciting way of telling stories, combining sequential art and writing techniques. In this class, we will start by exploring the work of famous authors like Art Spiegelman (Pulitzer-prize winning Maus) and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis).

Get a practical introduction to the art of graphic novels

This will lead to a practical introduction to the step-by-step techniques of comic book art, from thumbnailing, to penciling, inking and finally, coloring.

Develop your own unique story

Students will start developing their own story in the style of their choice. Do you want to preserve the memory of the significant moments in your life, in a special and exciting new way? Start writing a graphic memoir. Or maybe you have a great idea for a work of fiction? Come and  learn how to develop a story. Are you interested in reporting on non-fiction events? Try your hand at comics journalism.

No special background required

Don’t worry! You don’t need any background in art or in literature! Just come with your stories (funny or sad), your special memories, or your personal reflections on life . Start writing your own graphic novel in a beautiful and inspiring setting: the new remodeled Palo Alto Art Center.

Graphic Novel Wall display at PAAC.

Go see the Graphic Novel display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center! There are some artwork by students in the Graphic Memoir Workshop.  Samples of tools and techniques are featured in the window display. Finally, on one end of the wall, there is an interactive section where you can test your knowledge of the world of graphic novels.

Graphic Novel display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center.

Graphic Novel display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center.

Graphic Novel display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. Danièle Archambault. DanieleBD

Graphic Novel display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. Danièle Archambault. DanieleBD

 

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.