Reading List: Humor

reading list

December 6, 2018

Boni

Boni is a nice little rabbit who has to learn the harsh realities of life. He always manages to maintain his sunny disposition and enthusiasm, even in a cruel world where catastrophes — and school bullies — smack him in the face at every turn. His parents are well-meaning but sometimes exasperated, while his many younger siblings cause all kinds of trouble, and his grandpa just wants to be left the heck alone.

Dad

Being a single dad is a full-time job, as Dad knows only too well! Especially with four headstrong daughters to whom obedience doesn’t exactly come naturally… With bookish Pandora, emotional Ondine, mischievous Roxanne and, the latest addition, baby Bella, this unemployed actor has landed himself the role of a lifetime: looking after his family!

Kinky & Cosy

Shocking! Disgusting! Meet the most dangerous twin girls in the universe! Their record of wrong doings, on purpose or not, will raise your hair on end. A darkly subversive collection of cynical comics gags that is sweeping Europe. Nothing is sacred for these two lil’ monsters! South Park meets Monty Python.

The Adventures of Chick the 1st

He’s a chick unlike any other! Right from day one, Chick the 1st is beleaguered by the doubts and questions that come with the capacity to reason. When the farmyard dog asks him “What are you?”, little does he suspect the turmoil of endless enigmas he provokes in our little chick’s mind. While seeking answers to his endless questions, Chick the 1st shakes up all the social conventions of the chicken coop, causing scandal left, right and center. With the help of his Aunt Gallina and the mouse that devours books, Chick the 1st grapples with reality, both in the abstract and literal sense!

Mister President

Across the ocean, there is a wonderful, magical land. A paradise of free markets and genetically-altered chicken! This land, still young and full of hope (except for the downtrodden) truly does exist. It is called the United States of America, and its ruler is Mister President.

The Kingdom

Once upon a time there was a peaceful kingdom where life was good. It was a little country forgotten by its powerful neighbors and their incessant wars. A lovely little piece of land where lived a great many people, and every day they enjoyed the bounties bestowed upon them by the earth and sky. Of course, there was a king, Alain and Adrien (his ugly sons who were nonetheless kind, helpful boys), a grumpy queen, Cécile (the bathroom-hogging princess), and Anne. Pretty little Anne. Anne, who sings to the rising sun; Anne, who lights up the king’s nights; Anne, who speaks to the birds… Anne who opens a tavern where all these characters gather.

Invincible

Invincible to the rescue! The one and only true comic book hero is here, there and everywhere! But this is no normal caped crusader. He has the power to traverse time, space… and page, a power he uses to foil the devious plans of evildoers the world over! And as if fighting crime wasn’t enough, there are cats to be saved and corrupt politicians to take on! How will Invincible manage?! Especially with more heinous villains lurking on the horizon… It’s going to be a wild ride, that’s for sure, but if anyone can save humanity, it’s the people’s hero, it’s Invincible!

Pico Bogue

Pico Bogue is the eldest child of a normal family, and when we say ‘normal’, we mean unique, quirky and occasionally just stark raving mad! Along with his little sister Anna, Pico goes through life with as many certainties as he has questions, making the kind of pertinent observations that only children are capable of. Sometimes challenging, always loveable, there’s no end to Pico’s mischief, much to the amusement, exasperation and surprise of his long-suffering parents!


Roger and His Humans

Things look like they might be starting to turn around for thirty-odd year old no-hoper Hugo, when he finds a robot in his house on his birthday. But, as he soon discovers, this is no birthday present (no one seems to have remembered to get him anything!), but the handiwork of his cousin, an engineer in the French army, who realized that the robot he had been building was designed to destroy humanity. Forced to hide out with Hugo, Roger – as he decides to call himself – must learn to live with humans… No mean feat!

Leonardo

Leonardo is a genius. Full of boundless energy, he spends his days tinkering with his inventions and trying to solve life’s scientific mysteries… often to the detriment of his poor ‘disciple’, who is willing to go to the most extreme lengths in the service of science. Welcome to a world of discovery, fun and pure madness!

Nelson

Nelson is a cheeky little imp who is the bane of Julie’s life. But watch out, nobody is safe from the orange curse! Nelson is capable of making life difficult for pretty much anyone he comes across…

Mamma Mia!

Single mom Aurélie’s moving back in with her grandmother, her young daughter Emma in tow. And to everyone’s surprise, so is Sophie—Aurélie’s perennially absent mother, back from yet another adventure abroad. With four generations of women living under the same roof, life is never simple—and bound to get messy!

Raowl

Raowl is not a hero for the faint of heart: he slices, dices, and decapitates anyone standing between him and a kiss from a princess. Unfortunately for Raowl, the first princess he encounters doesn’t find him to her liking. So when Raowl rescues a second princess, he doesn’t take no for an answer—and as it turns out, the two have a lot in common! Raowl’s rage is all the greater when the princess is kidnapped and taken to a castle full of cannibals, and he doesn’t waste any time leaping into the mouth of the beast! A rollicking rewrite of classic fairy tales, filled with guts, quips, and colorful characters.

Zeropedia

What was the Roswell incident? Why did people in the Stone Age paint pictures on cave walls? What is the Larsen effect? What was the “Wow!” signal? How do carnivorous plants catch their prey? What is absolute zero? Author Fabcaro, smitten by science, tackles countless scientific subjects alongside artist Julien/CDM in this illustrated “encyclopedia.” Through humor and irony, they manage to make even the trickiest topics accessible to all—in just one page!

Trap

A man lives in the wild with a dog as his only companion… and great powers at his disposal. All he needs is an animal’s hide to take on its abilities. Together, he and his dog will go off to seek a terrible monster, in a silent story brought to vivid life by Burniat and Michiels. Fierce, funny, strange, endearing!

The World According to Kev

If the world worked the way Kev thinks it should, he’d be the star of the school, his teacher would admire his less than stellar grades, and Camille would fall in love with him. But Kev’s life is anything but perfect: he has to compete for attention with his best friend Leo’s snail collection, survive his mother’s wrath, and suffer humiliation at the hands of the back-stabbing Stan, all while trying to grab some decent shut-eye before recess.

 

Cover image: Boni © Ian Fortin / Duipuis