Francoise Mouly quotes

  • The image by Barry Blitt of Barack Obama and Michelle in the White House with him dressed as a terrorist, her dressed as an Angela Davis character, a flag burning in the chimney, a portrait of Bin Laden on the wall is an image I'm extremely proud of.
    -- Francoise Mouly

    #Wall #Character #White

  • I know what I as an editor respond to is a voice. A voice is not just a stylistic thing, but it means someone who really has something to say. I think a lot of what I get from books - whether they be books of comics or books of literature - is a window into somebody's mind and their way of thinking. Somehow, I can recognize some of my feelings in seeing somebody who is actually expressing their own inner reality.
    -- Francoise Mouly

    #Book #Mean #Thinking

  • The reason I started to do comics for kids, the real reason is because it worked for me.
    -- Francoise Mouly

    #Real #Kids #Reason

  • It's useful to be born in a different culture because you see things that are not obvious. I come from France. In France, there isn't a pretense of objectivity in publishing. I discovered - and I don't agree with it - that in the US, the New York Times or The New Yorker has to pretend to be objective, and if they present this point of view then they have to also present the other side.
    -- Francoise Mouly

    #Different #Culture #Obvious

  • Art uses many different styles, but his voice is very consistent. He's always concise and clever and funny. That's true of somebody like Chris Ware, who has an emotional quality to his work - but it's boiled down and it's very sober and spare. Each word has great weight. Comics are not just pictures, but it is graphic design in the sense that they are composed and architected in a specific way.
    -- Francoise Mouly

    #Art #Clever #Emotional

  • Often, we separate intellectual discourse from emotional reaction. But I take such genuine pleasure in things that are intellectually well architected. It's definitely an integrated experience for me. Much more than any kind of cheap, emotional pulls that you get in popular culture, when I read a sentence and it's beautifully written, it can bring me to tears.
    -- Francoise Mouly

    #Emotional #Intellectual #Tears

  • Plastic surgery is such a displacement. If people feel good in their skin, then they're beautiful, end of story.
    -- Francoise Mouly

    #Beautiful #People #Feel Good

  • The artists catch what's in the air. It's not because the artist "felt like it" or is a guru who channels the truth of the universe in some opaque, abstract way, or even in a realistic painting. The comics artist is someone who has the humility to set himself up in public culture and to communicate with the reader. If your image doesn't make sense, it's your problem, and I shouldn't publish it.
    -- Francoise Mouly

    #Humility #Artist #Culture

  • You can't help putting a lot of yourself into the image and when it's printed the reader can spend hours getting it out.
    -- Francoise Mouly

    #Helping #Hours #Reader

  • Comics are a gateway into literature.
    -- Francoise Mouly

    #Literature #Gateways

  • There is a visual narrative that is implicitly understandable even when you don't understand the words and in a good comic, and they are hard to find, but good comics have parallel intertwined narratives.
    -- Francoise Mouly

    #Narrative #Comic #Visuals

  • I now feel that I have a moral duty to course correct and say wait a minute, it's not just for adults.
    -- Francoise Mouly

    #Waiting #Adults #Moral

  • Comics are actually dubbed by euphemistic label of graphic novel, which became a big deal.
    -- Francoise Mouly

    #Labels #Bigs #Graphic Novels

  • I remember being in a comic shop with my son, with my ten year-old son and he put his hand over my eyes. He was embarrassed about me seeing the comics at Forbidden Planet.
    -- Francoise Mouly

    #Eye #Son #Hands

  • When I first got interested in comics at the time I was studying architecture and I discovered comics as a medium through listening to Art who was courting me by reading me Little Nemo and Krazy Kat by George Herriman. It was really very effective.
    -- Francoise Mouly

    #Art #Reading #Listening