Frédéric Coché (Auteur)
Frédéric Coché is an elusive european artist whose work employs finely drawn etchings that look like they sprung from the mind of James Ensor after a bit too much absynthe. You can see the cover to the book , Hortus Sanitas, above (published by Fremok and available here and here). This format is typical to the 2-3 volumes of Coché’s work that are available; it’s a sequential narrative constructed out of line etchings with a layout like a graphic novel.
The image above is a sample page from Hortus Sanitus. Trying to track down any information on Coché requires some serious internet digging (mostly because one has to slip-out of the english-only inter-web). I did find an interesting write-up on him in Stripburger, “the only Slovene comic magazine covering news in comics, theories on comics and works of Slovene and foreign comic authors (there have been 36 numbers released yet)”:
Frédéric Coché, born in the last century in a small metallurgic village in Lorraine, nearby Jeanne d’Arc’s birth village Donrémy. After that, he studied comix in Brussels, and later got his degree at Nancy’s art school. He’s published several short stories in Frigobox, and Hortus Sanitatis by the same publisher. Some may say that he’s the author of an anonymous pornographical treatise called Ars simia Naturae. For the moment he’s working on an one hundred and fifty pages treatise about life and war wich might be called Vie et Mort du Héros triomphante.
More images and information after the jump.
More images from the Hortus Sanitas book.
Above is the cover image from the Hero’s Life and Death Triumphant book, and I managed to find a great review of the book at the Madinkbeard blog. Derik Badman the author of the afore mentioned experimental comics blog was kind enough to try his hand at translating an interview with the artist about some of his thoughts behind the book, you can read that below:
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