To the shame of the Anglophone comics world, French alt-BD giant Edmond Baudoin, a father figure to the current generation of indie cartoonists, has never been translated into English… until now! Baudoin’s sumptuous bio of Salvador Dalí dropped from SelfMadeHero earlier this month, just beating to the presses Taschen’s imminent and much ballyhooed holiday reissue of that cult-classic-cum-cookbook, Dalí’s Les Dîners de Gala. A master of one medium meets a master of the twentieth century in this special commission from the Centre Pompidou, in concert with their 2012 retrospective on the artist. Jennie Bailey at Starburst Magazine says:
The magic of the surrealist artist is lovingly captured by award winning French artist and writer Edmond Baudoin and translated by Edward Gauvin. Baudoin’s approach to Dalí is in itself Dalíesque: self-referential asides and surreal art and ink accompany Dalí’s biography… This English translation is a fantastic addition to the Arts Masters series and will sit happily with current publications on Munch, Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh, and Rembrandt. It will be great to see what SelfMadeHero publish next, they are definitely a publisher to keep your beady eye on.