Marie Gloris Bardiaux-Vaïente is a comic book writer and historian, member of the Collective of comic book creators against sexism. Last work published co-signed with Malo Kerfriden: Abolition, the fight of Robert Badinter.
“She is our mother to all of us. She is the first to be in the spotlight. She transcended her “genre” at the time, because there were only guys in the comic book world. There were writers before her, but it was the first with such phenomenal success, and general recognition. She influenced everyone with her style bordering on sketching, a free and hyperpersonal line.
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“On feminism, she repeated that she was not an activist but a mad individualist. On the other hand, her work is feminist. And the model that she is for us, creators of comics, is feminist, basically. She was the pioneer, the one who allowed us to think that we had a place to take in this masculine world. The characters of girls she brought, the bodies … You have to see that at the time, the bodies of women were hypererotic, reified, and Bretécher arrives with the moods of a heroine she calls Cellulite …
“She breaks all the codes. It’s simple, there is a before and after Agrippina or the mothers, which was a super important album, and its often female characters from frustrated, of this middle-class Parisian executive setting that she crunches with this devastating humor, a bit cynical, and a look like her sharp line. She had this strength, as a woman too, of sovereign stripping self-mockery. And even if she repeated that she was not a feminist activist, she illustrated posters of Mlac (Movement for the freedom of abortion and contraception) and roughly she claimed to be in solidarity with everything that Gisèle said Halimi in the early 70s.
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“The most fascinating thing about her is her humor. She is brilliant and she masters like a virtuoso her medium, but first: she is very very funny. With finesse in irony, in the look on herself and on her environment, relentless. Ideally, if I could have created a comic book character, it would have been Mafalda, but otherwise Bretécher is the ideal author, I had all of his albums, and the New Obs at home. There is an incredible subtlety in her, something intellectual assumed in this popular art, very summer camp, of comics. She was well aware that it was not taken seriously and so she took the opportunity to do exactly what she wanted. “