Enter the Imagination of French Cartoonist Boulet
Most casual comics readers probably won’t recognize the name Boulet, the alias used by cartoonist and comics creator Gilles Roussel. But if you’ve ever wandered through a Small Press convention or Artist’s Alley, you are sure to have seen his work. Boulet has made a name for himself as a comics veteran, known for his fun and exaggerated illustration style and a wild unrestrained imagination. His comics range between science-fiction, autobiographical humor, wistful self-recollection, to straight-up flights of fancy and wish-fulfillment. In addition, he often uploads book illustrations and highly detailed fan art of various media (including the works of Terry Pratchett and several anime).
Boulet’s most popular works are probably his contributions to 24-hour comic day where artists attempt to script, storyboard, illustrate, letter, ink, and sometimes color, an entire self-contained comic in 24 hours. In the last two years Boulet has created Darkness and Paola-4, two comics lauded for their clever, sophisticated storytelling, hilarious visuals, and excellent pacing. However he is most-prolific with his autobiographical comics, uploaded to his personal site in both French and English. These comics often blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy, tied together by Boulet’s own inner monologue wherein he ruminates on topics of creativity, environmentalism, romance, scientific progress, public transit, childhood nostalgia, and the constant battle against aging, just to name a few. These can often involve moments of surrealism or complex daydreams, like his pixelated homage to adventure games, The Long Journey, while others are more contemplative and simple, such as the animated comic Our Toyota Was Fantastic.
What links all of these disconnected one-shot comics together is Boulet’s completely individual style and deft hand at combining the mundane with the absurd, revealing them to be two sides of the same coin. Whether rendered in simple black and white, watercolor, digital, or even pencil sketches, Boulet always gets across his point with cutting wit and inspiring originality.
You can read Boulet’s comics (translated into English) at his site, Bouletcorp.com