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Did you notice it’s cold? According to some psychologist’s article I read in the newspaper, “the French population overreacts to unusual temperatures”. I can tell you he’s not from Nice! Well, how are you anyway? I’m fine. Hey, I read such a cute thing! A very well informed guy wrote in another newspaper that I was “from now on, a movie-oriented artist”, like “Sfar ain’t doing any more comics”. Well, that worried me! Since I can’t even go out when I haven’t drawn my morning page. And I can’t go to sleep when I haven’t drawn my evening page. Aow, bother! What am I going to do if I’m “movie oriented”? Come on, if it’s in the newspaper, then it has to be true. Maybe I have forgotten the comics and I didn’t even realise it. Let me get real and have a look. Hem…what have I published this year? Two Chagall, sixty pages each, one Lumières de la France that’s also 60 pages long, a 120 pages Klezmer (20 pages more than the ones before, which forced me to get rid of the endnotes, otherwise it would have been way too expensive). I also did one hundred pages of coloured, king size comics for the Brassens exhibition, and about six hundred drawings for the same exhibition. Right – but hey, maybe the guy from the newspaper knows best. I search my house and what do I find? 35 pages from Klezmer 5, I’ve got 50 sketched pages for The Ancient Time part 2, including ten inked pages, and I’m inking 20 more so that Brigitte doesn’t stay idle. Wait! I’ve also 90 pages from Tokyo part 1. Walter has almost finished colouring them and they will be published in July. Wait! I’ve also sketched the whole Lumière part 2. Oh-oh, we’ve got trouble here: we’ve got two sketched Donjon, they’re not inked yet, we don’t know who is going to draw them. Oh wait, it’s alright, it’s going to be me drawing. I sometimes don’t know why I read the newspapers. Wait, I know! It’s because people want something to happen! So they say “Sfar ain’t doing comics no more” so that they can say “Sfar’s going back to comics” afterwards. Oh well. I feel like saying plenty of rude things, like at school, when we went to see a guy and told him “hey, you’ve dissed me behind my back!” Actually, I’ve never drawn so much since I started doing movies. I probably do it more selfishly, though. I don’t know whether it’s good or not, but I no longer do drawings “to please” at all. When I change paintings or pens all the time in Klezmer, (that’s really something I wanted to do), I think it’s interesting, to create a book using several tools. It’s almost like taking the car to the brink of a ravine. I’m also working on Bayou, with Thierry Laroche and Nicolas Leroy. Well, I get the feeling my obituary was published a little too soon. I feel very lucky to be able to work on movies and novels without stopping drawing. I’m really sorry for the people who don’t like me to do all that. I’m not comparing myself to Cocteau (even my ego is not that inflated) but once he said something I like (as quoted by my friend Stéphane Barsacq) “it doesn’t matter if you jump from one limb of the tree to another, as long as you stay on the same tree”. Well, since I’m no longer drawing, according to the newspapers, I’m not sending you any drawings!
Hugs & kisses lol xoxo.