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“BD Reporters”

Centre Pompidou

A rose is a rose is a rose, but a bande dessinée is not a comic strip. In the French-speaking world, the BD (for our purposes, a sequential drawing) is held to be nothing less than the Ninth Art, with a noble genealogy going back to the Bayeux tapestry, plus a contemporary network of theorists, critics, publishers, festivals, websites, and art-school programs. Not to mention, of course, the ever-growing numbers of artist-authors who have seized upon the BD as a hybrid zone of experimentation free from the material and mental constraints of the mainstream culture industry. Indeed, the “BD Reporters” of this show’s title were not comics superheroes but twenty-five of the versatile masters who have made the medium a tool for exploring real-life events and experiences. These chroniclers, investigators, foreign correspondents, and traveling companions, chosen by curator Boris Tissot, offered

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