Smiling through the mask

Smiling through the mask by Danièle Archambault
Smiling through the mask by Danièle Archambault A pandemic comic book

Smiling through the mask. A pandemic comic book

For more than a year now, the COVID-19 pandemic brought us unexpected and difficult life challenges. Confinement rules left many of us economically weak, socially disconnected, and emotionally vulnerable. In a short time, our way of life changed dramatically and, usually, not for the better. Situations that would have seemed absurd before the pandemic became our new normal, and in that sometimes humor could be found. For example, we went from finding it difficult to cover our nose and mouth every time we went out of the house to taking pride in our collection of beautiful, colorful, handmade masks. At first, we struggled to switch from in-person meetings to online video conferencing. Then we became oddly proud to be among the tech savvy who knew how to navigate those platforms, until we finally declared ourselves overcome by Zoom fatigue.

These situations provided me with materials for laughs during the pandemic months. I enjoyed creating a series of humorous cartoons and I shared them on various online platforms. The financial support I received from the Palo Alto Public Art Program  through its ArtLift Microgrants helped me turn this series of illustrations into a comic book and to share it for free with the Palo Alto community. With this project, I would like to help people recover a sense of joy in their lives by seeing the humor in some of the unusual and often difficult situations the pandemic imposed on us. By choosing the “traveling book” format, I also hope to encourage you to rediscover your sense of belonging to the community by laughing together at situations we all experienced. 

May the book bring you a smile or two … behind a mask or not!

A traveling book

We could not travel during the pandemic, but this book can. When you find one of the books, enjoy it for a while and then pass it on to someone who could use a smile, or bring it back to a neighborhood book box. Keep the book traveling! During the summer of 2021, 100 copies of this book will be deposited in neighborhood book boxes and public place, all over Palo Alto. Each copy of the book has a unique number. Just like you want your loved ones to check in with you while they’re traveling, you can help this book check in while it’s traveling by sharing its unique number in your #SmilingThruTheMask posts.

Smiling through the mask in a  neighborhood book box. Palo Alto
Comic book “Smiling though the mask”in one of the many neighborhood boxes around Palo Alto.

Join in the fun and share your own #SmilingThruTheMask stories and creative work!

The pandemic turned all of our lives upside down and we all have stories to tell. Some might be sad, some might be funny. Did you write about it? Did you turn them in some creative work? Some of these situations, we all experienced, even if we dealt with them differently. Let’s share them as a way to support each other. Share your own stories and creative work using the #SmilingThruTheMask hashtag.

APE 2013 in San Francisco this week-end!

It’s this week-end!  APE 2013 in San Francisco, October 12 and 13 

I’m ready to go  at Alternative Press Expo. I planned my table and took some pictures in my dining room. Come see me at  Table # 606 and get a free postcard!

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

  • Bilingual comic books.
  • Prints
  • Greeting cards
  • Calendars
  • 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.

Calendar 2014 by Danièle Archambault. DanieleBD-Comics

Calendar 2014 by Danièle Archambault. DanieleBD-Comics

 

DanieleBD-Comics: Planning my table for APE 2013

DanieleBD-Comics: Planning my table for APE 2013

 

Greeting cards by Daniele Archambault. DanieleBD-Comics.

Greeting cards by Daniele Archambault. DanieleBD-Comics.

Calendar 2014 by Daniele Archambault. DanieleBD-Comics

Calendar 2014 by Daniele Archambault. DanieleBD-Comics

Comic books by Daniele Archambault. DanieleBD-Comics

Comic books by Daniele Archambault. DanieleBD-Comics

Paper prints by Daniele Archambault. DanieleBD-Comics. Tabloid size.

Paper prints by Daniele Archambault. DanieleBD-Comics. Tabloid size.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Graphic Novel Display at the Palo Alto Main Library

Palo Alto Main Library Display Case: Graphic Novels.

Well, February is all about graphic novels here, in Palo Alto!

I started my Graphic Novel Class Tuesday at the Palo Alto Art Center. The class is full and the students seem enthusiastic. Although almost nobody has any experience in graphic novels, most of them are artists. They work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, etc. I’m looking forward to seeing their project. It’s going to be very creative, I’m sure!

I’m getting a lot of positive feedback on my Graphic Novel wall display at PAAC. It will be up until the week of March 19. So if you haven’t had time to go see it, yet, you still have more than a month to do so. If you live to far away, you can see the pictures here.

I just set up the Graphic Novel display at the Palo Alto Main Library. The head librarian offered me the library display case for the month of February. It was really difficult to decide which graphic novels to include in the display. But I managed to choose 16 of them, in a variety of styles, showcasing graphic novels available at the library. Here are some pictures:

Graphic novel display at the Palo Alto Library, CA. Danièle Archambault

Graphic novel display at the Palo Alto Library, CA. Danièle Archambault

Graphic novel display at the Palo Alto Library, CA. Danièle Archambault

Graphic novel display at the Palo Alto Library, CA. Danièle Archambault

Graphic novel display at the Palo Alto Library, CA. Danièle Archambault

Graphic novel display at the Palo Alto Library, CA. Danièle Archambault

Graphic novel display at the Palo Alto Library, CA. Danièle Archambault

Graphic novel display at the Palo Alto Library, CA. Danièle Archambault

Graphic novel display at the Palo Alto Library, CA. Danièle Archambault

Graphic novel display at the Palo Alto Library, CA. 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

 

Graphic Novel Display Wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. It’s ready!

Graphic Novel class at the Palo Alto Art Center. The wall is ready.

The graphic novel display wall is finally ready. I had a great time working on the project. In other posts, I’ll show you close-ups of the different parts of the display wall. But for today, here are two pictures of the entire wall.

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

 

 

 

 

Graphic Novel Display Wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. More pictures.

Graphic novel class at the Palo Alto Art Center

I worked a little bit more on the display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center yesterday. I really need to be done by Tuesday. Then It’s Holiday time! Holiday music, Holiday cards, Holiday cooking, visiting friends and family! I love it!

Then in February, the Graphic Novel class will start!

More pictures (See the first pictures on my previous post):

Graphic novel display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. The other side of the wall

Graphic novel display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. The other side of the wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graphic novel display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. View from the other side of the wall

Graphic novel display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. View from the other side of the wall

Graphic novel display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. Around the display case.

Graphic novel display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. Around the display case.

 

Display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. It’s all about graphic novels!

A display wall for the Graphic novel class.

Today, I started working on the display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. Quite an exciting project! The wall is 25 ft. wide by 7 ft. hight. It also features a window display.

And it’s all about graphic novels! There will be some artwork from my graphic novels and some of my students’ work as well. Samples of tools and techniques will be featured in the window display. Finally, on one end of the wall, there will be an interactive section where people will be able to test their knowledge of the world of graphic novels.

My Graphic novel class starts on February 5. Click here for registration and information

Display wall. A work in progress.

Display wall Palo Alto-Art Center. A white canvas...

Display wall Palo Alto-Art Center. A white canvas…

 

Display Wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. After penciling,  I start inking.

Display Wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. After penciling, I start inking.

 

The display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. In the afternoon, I start adding some color... Not done, yet.

The display wall at the Palo Alto Art Center. In the afternoon, I start adding some color… Not done, yet.