The ultimate accolade - Angélique is to be showcased in the birthplace of Manga - Japan!
Compilation of a variety of characters from Book 3 - l to r Benoit de Fontenac, Monsieur d'Andijos, Margot, Joffrey de Peyrac (centre), Kouassi Bâ, Clément Tonnel, Tante (Auntie) Jeanne, Marie-Agnès
Compilation of a variety of characters from Book 2 - l to r (back row) Molines, Le prince de Condé, Le marquis de Plessis-Bellière, Frère Anselm, Josselin de Sancé, M de Sancé in chair - Centre : Hortense de Sancé, Front l to r Madelyn and Angélique de Sancé
A charming Family Portrait of nine of the de Sancé siblings
1 - Josselin (runs away to the New World), 2 - Raymond (becomes a high ranked Jesuit), 3 - Gontran (becomes an outspoken artist and lives recklessly until his execution), 4 - Hortense (marries a junior magistrate, removes to Paris and eschews her sister in her time of need), 5 - Angélique), 6 - Madelon (beloved younger sister who dies young), 7 - Denis (eventually inherits his father's titles and estates), 8 - Marie-Agnès (suffers ingnomy at court and enters a convent), 9 - Albert and (not shown) 10 - Jean-Marie
Getting closer to the 'reveal' of Joffrey de Peyrac - from Dara "Just finishing the last 2 pages of Angelica Volume 3 ! oh dear it's crazy it's much longer to draw than to read!"
A tantalising view of Joffrey, his beribboned shoe and cravat as Angélique is presented to him.
A portrait of Marie-Agnès at Angélique's proxy wedding wearing one of her elder sister's dresses (as described by the artist, Dara "elle a donc bien grandi et je me suis amusé à l'habiller avec une vieille robe de sa grande sœur") we are not going to have the opportunity to witness a preview of Joffrey de Peyrac ... yet!
Very emotive view of Angélique
Saying farewell to Nicholas
and to her family
A very tearful and contemplative view of Angélique
From the images released so far, it looks as though we'll be witnessing Angélique's departure from Poitou - these re very soulful images beautifully and sensitively portrayed by Dara
From Chapter 17 - Angélique and Nicholas in the forest - heralding the publication of Book 3 in April 2016
Expected in the bookshops in September 2016
After a bit of a delay, I've now received confirmation of despatch of Book 3!
Tante Jean having a moment of coquettishness!
The last image from Book 2
The images above are work in progress - Angélique in development by artist Dara
Aren't the 'Aunties' Magnificent? (Première apparition de Tante Jeanne et de Tante Pulchérie!) and each chapter will have an introductory character or subject matter - in this instance we meet Fantine the nurse who tells the children the grizzly stories.
Preview of the first edition - February 2015
Our little scamp of the marshes frightens her friend 'Nicholas' - I find this a wonderfully empathic portrayal of their innocent childhood friendship
'Are we eating soon?'
A joint autograph session with Anne Golon and Olivier Milhaud in April 2016
No longer the 'Marquise des Anges' - Angélique becomes the 'Marquise of the Manga' - quite an accolade!
July 2016 - Angelique the Manga is received in Japan
As announced on Dara's Fb page
The new Chapter/Book 2 to Angélique Manga will appear at the EurExpo in Lyon in November 2015
The magazine previewing the book makes reference to Dara's 'pure' style but the heading refers to a 'scribble' (griboullis) Dara has taken this in good part and promises to produce a scribble on each autograph at the signing
The Manga finds its way into Télé Z in June 2015
Interview with the 'authors' of the Angélique Manga - you can see the sized of the book as held up in the picture above and creation of the pictures below.
From Pop Culte - reviews are still pouring in for the first part of the Angélique Manga
The opening paragraph is very encouraging 'Angélique returns! No, not like the 'Marquise of the Angels' portrayed in the Bernard Borderie films, but like the original heroine as written by Anne Golon in her historical novels. This version departs from original norms by appearing as a modern-day illustration of the 17th century in manga-style. This first volume concentrates on the young Angélique growing up in the small province of Poitou.'
Michèle Mercier gives her seal of approval to the updated version of the Angélique manga
BD Zoom.com have created a wonderful page dedicated to the 'Angélique' Manga
Is this the child Angélique blossoming into womanhood?
Offer to read an extract from the 3rd Chapter appears on Manga News on 9th April 2015
Review appearing in ' L'édition papier de 20 minutes' one day after publication - 9th April 2015 featuring the colour plate cover for Chapter 2
As promoted on the Bodoi site post publication - 10th April 2015
As promoted by Casterman's pre-publication 4th March 2015
Of course I've bought a couple of copies which are now safely delivered!
What a lovely way to finish the on the back cover - the three stages of a beautifully captured 'Angélique'
Page updated - 25th November 2016