A celebration of the sophistication, wit, and charm found only in the singular collaboration of a French cartooning team.
For twenty years, French cartoonists Philippe Dupuy and Charles Berberian have collaborated on every aspect —sharing both the writing and drawing —of their highly acclaimed Mr. Jean short stories, creating one of the most endearing, clever, and readable series in contemporary French comics. Their award-winning, critically acclaimed series has sold more than 120,000 copies in France and has won one of comics' most coveted awards, the prestigious Angouleme Alph-Art Award for the Best Book of the Year.
Get a Life is a collection of the early Mr. Jean stories where the reader is introduced to the life of the titular character, a laconic, single Parisian male struggling through the usual calamities of life: bachelorhood in his twenties and early thirties and the impending responsibilities of marriage, kids, and deadlines for his publisher. Mr. Jean is a typical everyman —a scholar who fancies himself a man of letters, a nostalgist whose memories carry a weight few can understand, a lover whose heart knows the greatest of burdens. Melancholic yet joyful reflections on past loves, favorite authors, marriage, and fatherhood are laid out in a breezy, comic style.
Charles Berberian was born in Iraq, and he spent his childhood in Baghdad and Beirut, Lebanon. Berberian settled as a teenager in Paris; he continues to live and work there today. Phillipe Dupuy and Charles Berberian have collaborated on comics for more than twenty years, and together were awarded the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Angouleme International Comics Festival. Their most successful character is Monsieur Jean; they have sold over 120,000 books about him in France alone. In recent years their work has gained wider recognition on this side of the Atlantic, with regular contributions to The New Yorker and translated comics appearing in Drawn & Quarterly and Dark Horse Presents.