Manga is an incredibly popular and widely-known phenomenon in the world of graphic novels and comic books.  At our library the collection of English translations of Japanese comics takes up most of a wall in the teen department and check out often.  Although they’re not as popular as Japanese comics, and they don’t have their own wall at the library, a surprising number of popular comic books are French (French comics are called bandes dessinées or BDs).  Some of the most well-known French comics are the Asterix the Gaul strips by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo and Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin, but did you know the popular Smurfs cartoons were also based on French comics by Belgian artist Peyo?

Check out these French comics at the library:


The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé

Castle in the Stars by Alex Alice

Chick & Chickie Play All Day! by Claude Ponti

Dance Class by Béka

Dinosaurs by Arnaud Plumeri

The ElseWhere Chronicles by Bannister

A Goofy Guide to Penguins by Jean-Luc and Philippe Coudray

Hotel Strange by Florian Ferrier

The Philemon Adventures by Fred

Silly Lilly in What Will I Be Today? by Agnès Rosenstiehl

Simone by Rémy Simard

The Smurfs by Peyo

Tom’s Midnight Garden by Edith



Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu

Castle in the Stars by Alex Alice

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec by Jacques Tardi

Kaput & Zösky by Lewis Trondheim

Last Man by Balak

Persephone by Loic Locatelli-Kournwsky

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Robinson Crusoe by Christophe Lemoine

William and the Lost Spirit by Gwen de Bonneval



Aama by Frederik Peeters

About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot

Alone by Chabouté

Assassin’s Creed by Corbeyran

Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi

Drawn Together by Aline Kominsky-Crumb

Hostage by Guy Delisle

Josephine Baker by José-Louis Bocquet

Love in Vain: Robert Johnson 1911-1938 by J.M. Dupont

Marx: An Illustrated Biography by Corinne Maier

The Realist by Assaf Hanuka

Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City by Pierre Christin

Weapons of Mass Diplomacy by Abel Lanzac