For Father’s Day? Just… peace, please.

Peace for Father’s Day

Back in Palo Alto from a short trip to the Montreal for Comic Arts Festival, I get back to work on my next projet: A new comic book of about 100 episodes of the Stairway Stories series. The book should be ready by the end of the year.  Meanwhile, since tomorrow is Father’s Day, here are the first two panels of a story on this topic.

Doudou’s teacher asked her little students to question their fathers about what they would like for Father’s Day. Louise’s dad wishes something that is difficult for her to share with the class. It will delight her teacher but make Doudou and Marion suspicious.

Fist two panels of the Father’s Day story:

Peace for Father's Day. Stairway Stories. Danièle Archambault

Peace for Father’s Day. Stairway Stories. Danièle Archambault

 

Merry Christmas! Cards and videos

Merry Christmas!

December was a very busy month this year! No time to create a new Christmas card. So, I’m recycling old cards and videos to wish you a very Merry Christmas! A green Christmas because it can’t really be a white Christmas this year.

First, 2012…

Happy Holidays to all!

Happy Holidays to all!

 

And then, from 2013. Don’t forget to go see the video to see what happened next.

Christmas Card 2013 by Danièle Archambault. Characters from comic series Stairway Stories.

Christmas Card 2013 by Danièle Archambault. Characters from comic series Stairway Stories.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

This year, two stories for Mother’s Day.

What should we drink on Mother’s Day?

First, a story from my blog Une année sans alcool (A year without a drink). Catherine  realizes that mothers are allowed to scold their daughter no matter how old this one is.

What to drink on Mother's Day!

What to drink on Mother’s Day!

Dandelions for Mother’s Day

An illustration from last year. Follow the link to read the story from last year with characters from Stairway Stories. You will get some interesting facts about the history of Mother’s Day.

Stairway Stories: Mother's Day! Comics by Danièle Archambault

Stairway Stories: Mother’s Day! Comics by Danièle Archambault

Happy Easter!

Stairway Stories.

My best wishes for a Happy Easter. This comic is based on a childhood memory. Our Easter baskets were nice but small. Our neighbors, though, often had those giant chocolate rabbits for Easter. All the neighborhood kids were quite impressed and… envious. My mother used to say that the chocolate in those giant rabbits could not be great quality chocolate and that we were better off with our small ones. Still, a giant chocolate rabbit! Wow!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of you!

I have a feeling 2014 will be a wonderful! year! Don’t waste any time. Start enjoying it right now!

What are you waiting for? It"s a brand new year!

What are you waiting for? It”s a brand new year!

And don’t forget to start the year in wonderful company! To see the video for this card, click here.

Celebrate New Year in wonderful company!

Celebrate New Year in wonderful company!

Stairway Stories: Dandelions for Mother’s Day!

Stairway Stories: Doudou and Danny celebrate Mother’s Day.

In Québec, we adopted the american tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. This is also the case in Belgium and other countries. However, in France, although the event is also held during May, it’s celebrated on the last Sunday of the month.

It’s a tradition to offer flowers to mothers on that day, especially carnations.  If you want to know why, follow this link to wikipedia. However, these days, mothers can receive a variety of beautiful and exotic flowers.

When Doudou and Danny were growing up, in Montreal, in the late 1950’s, mothers  often received a big bouquet of lilacs. These flowers usually bloom in mid-May; they’re beautiful and their perfume is amazing.  However, Doudou and Danny live on a second floor and although one of their neighbors has a beautiful lilac tree, on Mother’s Day, you need to give her 0.50 cents to get a bouquet. This is way too expensive for Doudou and her friends! Luckily, the landlord, who lives downstairs from Doudou, has a garden full of wild flowers that she is happily letting the children pick for their mothers!

Stairway Stories: Mother's Day! Comics by Danièle Archambault

Stairway Stories: Mother’s Day! Comics by Danièle Archambault

City children, our wild flowers were mainly dandelions. And we loved them! These bright yellow flowers were the first sign of the approaching summer…

 

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.

 

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.