Paper Is Not Dead ! Another exhibition in eastern France.

It’s time to spread the word again !
ChiFouMi was invited by Le Musée des Maisons Comtoises for some big collective exhibition with some quite specific thematic : paper -as a matter- in all its forms, and how artists play with it today.
There’s plenty of artists who’ll be part of this exhibition, and ChiFouMi tried to show a bit about the creativity and the crazy imagination that can appears here or there in our little contemporary sequential narrative process field…
We are proud to get brilliant original artwork from Florian Huet, LL de Mars and Benoît Preteseille, Emilie Plateau, Michel Hellman, Ruppert & Mulot, Margaux Duseigneur, Mandie Brasington, and Lilli Carré, and with crazy books from Editions Polystyrène or productions from our very own ChiFouMi collective.
 
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Pictures are on their way, as this little-collective-art-show-in-the-bigger-collective-art-show will be ready by the very beginning of september : Paper Is Not Dead is from 2014, september 6th to november 2nd, at Le Musée des Maisons Comtoises in Nancray, very near Besançon (their website is here and their facebook page is there).

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Much more informations on the french-speaking side of this page !

ChiFouMi & Cie : it’s over !

It was a crazy week indeed, full of good surprises and filled with emulation.
We’ll be back in the days to come with more details and probably a loooooong list of thanks, but as it’s already 3 days since the Saint-Claude extravanganza is over, it’s time to add the final point to this another ChiFouMi adventure in the crazy world of cartoonism.
More soon indeed, stay tuned for some more surprises real soon (including some informations about how to get hands on the brand new collective book that was released during the week…)…

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ChiFouMi & Cie : the print shop.

While the authors have made most of their work, the screen-printing workshop is abuzz since yesterday.
Two projects are being printed : the booklet (or Zine, proposed by Chifoumi), and the fanzine, at the initiative of the authors.

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The Zine cover has been printed, embossed, perforated and trimmed earlier this week.

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The dream screen-printing team : Mimi, Sandra, Lucas, Romaric.

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The authors’ works have been scanned and ‘cleaned’ before printing.

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Renaud Thomas, who has been supervising the printing process, writing down corrections before validation.

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Renaud and Sandra performing the corrections.

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And always last minute corrections…

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…everywhere.

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All the typons are carefully assembled together.

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Laura and Sandra make sure the colors are at the right place.

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The first of the four frames necessary to print the Zine being exposed.

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Precision, precision, precision !

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The exposition quality being controlled.

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Go! Mimi running the machine and Romaric, Laura and Beebee assisting.

The Zine is being printed since 8am this morning !

For the “other” fanzine, the same tasks and involvement are necessary to produce the 2 covers :

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Pierre Ferrero finishing his contribution to the fanzine cover.

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Benoît Preteseille too, with a brush and a light table.

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Guillaume preparing the typon for the first color of the fanzine cover.

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The screens are cleaned after exposition.

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Check and double-check : any defect at this stage would degrade all the issues.

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Guillaume and Romaric screen-printing the fanzine cover.

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Lucas, Mimi and Romaric in action.

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The first part of the cover…

Stay tuned !

ChiFouMi & Cie : where authors try and find inspiration in the wild…

Our man Mathieu offered to get a short visit of the nice place where we spend the week.
Oh, there were a bit of sunshine, too, which wasn’t bad neither.

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ChiFouMi & Cie : the book procedure.

The booklet which is the leitmotiv of this collective creation week is based on a recent proposal by ChiFouMi.
The exercise called “La Boucle” (the loop) has already been explored in Central Vapeur or at the fesival of comics in BD à Bastia. It is based on the basic idea of an exquisite corpse to which specific contraints are added. These contraints have been slightly altered to turn this proposal into something achievable during our short residency.

- in a hat, 9 papers designate the elements : 3 characters/ 3 objects/ 3 backgrounds.
- each of the seven authors randomly chooses one of the elements. He draws the item and put it together with the others.
- each author is given a classic 4 panel comics page.
- each author chooses a second element from the group, and uses it to create his first frame A (using frame #4) : this becomes the first of two frames.
- he then takes a new page (previously handled by his neighbor who has followed the first steps of the exercise on his side). On this page, he continues his story in case #1. It’s his case B that follows his case A.
- all the pages are traded once again. In that way, each author faces a double page on which the first and last panels have been drawn by two different authors. He then must draw the 6 panels left to connect them.

Le descriptif de l'exercice tel qu'il apparaîtra dans le livre.

The exercise description as it will appears in the book to come.

The story that is made through all these joints makes an infinite loop, where all the elements that were produced before gives some kind of common road where each author can intend its own singularies and its own imagination, while following a protocol nearly invisible.
For this very case, two couleurs were chosen through random for having each authors’ artwork before the silkscreening printing starts.
Here is the process we find out for having 7 authors creating together.
The book will be released saturday evening around 8:30 pm.