let's go to the RAYON VERT!03 May 2013This week-end, come to Thionville and enjoy the RAYON VERT festival's second edition, dedicated to comics and illustrated books. This year I am honored to be a guest so if you're around, come say hello on saturday or sunday afternoon. The whole RAYON VERT team has prepared all kind of cool events and activites around drawing and comics! Max.
SAGA ends!02 May 2013Since September 2010, Close Call Comics publishes SAGA, a brand new webcomic set during World War II and starring characters destined to become super-heroes. This long-term project, some might say ambitious, is now evolving towards more opened fields, experimentation and more freedom in what we aim to publish. The ongoing SAGA serie leaves its place to several mini-series. The first of these mini-series, the one you have been reading so far, is now titled « Close Call Comics Presents : THE HEROIC PATROL ». Other mini-series will follow, and each will focus on different sets of characters. We will try to explore other formats, other types of storytelling, other genres of stories, while maintaining a cohesive universe. The episodes will resume in the coming weeks, to a different rythm : they won’t be weekly anymore but they will feature more pages (5 pages minimum). We will still offer you different ways to enter the Close Call Comics universe, through new character profiles, short stories, fan-arts and other surprises to come. The website itself will be remodeled to provide a simpler interface and easiest ways to read the pages on different screens. Close Call Comics stays online, in both french and english, and remains free, we count on you all to spread the good news! Until we have the pleasure to see you again on salons, conventions, or on the wall of our facebook page, know that we are really thankfull for all your enthusiasm and support!
LILLE COMICS FESTIVAL 2013!02 April 2013In a few days, you'll be able to come and say "hi" for real, and get some sketches, goodies and kisses aplenty, at the LILLE COMICS FESTIVAL! will attend the festival at the Close Call Comics booth
CLOSE CALL COMICS AT ANGOULEME!25 January 2013Hey, hey Here is the good news of the day : I will attend Angoulême International Comics Festival next week, from friday to sunday. I will be at the SCARCE booth, Alternative Comics area, booth#F35. I'm so glad to be amongt the SCARCE team for the second year in a row, and I will do sketches next to Fred Harper, Abby Denson, and the dynamic duo of Geoffo & Mast (authors of the excellent webcomics PAX ARENA) Feel free to come and meet us for a chat or a sketch! As for me, here's the schedule of my presence at the booth FRIDAY : 10AM - 1PM SATURDAY : 5:30PM - 8PM SUNDAY : 2PM - 6PM Come one, come all see you next week! Max
Happy New Year 201304 January 2013Hey hey hey to all of you! Hope you had an awesome New Year's Eve and that you are full of good vibrations and brand new resolutions if you needed any. As for me, 2013 will be a big milestone for I will finally be able to concentrate exclusively on Close Call Comics. You might have noticed that these past few months have been kind of quiet, and I admit it was about time I did something about it. So, a few months from now, I will be dedicated full time to Close Call Comics, hard at work writing, penciling, inking for my greatest pleasure, and hopefully, for yours too. It is some kind of bet for me so I will need you all more than ever to get it right. Please keep expressing yourselves (through the facebook page or via email@example.com) and as always feel free to share the links around, the more the merrier ! Of course my goal this year will be to finish the first season, with the not so secret thought, to have it published in a long version form. The follow-up is already in the works. the plots get thicker and richer with new characters, and you might even see other artists tackle some key chapters of this second season titled "Welcome to Greeton". This second season will also be a good way for me to try new styles, new methods of work, new rythm of publications, and a brand new website. But before we get to that, I would like to thank you again for your support, your fidelity and your advises. I will do my very best to make sure that you are fully rewarded for that. Maxime.
MEET ME AT FESTIBLOG 2012!31 July 2012Hey hey ! Like that old Timbaland would say "it's been a long time!". it IS true that it has been quite a while since our latest news. So here it is, THE announcement of the day: I've been invited to FESTIBLOG 2012. The Festiblog, dafuq is that? It's a rather awesome festival put together by a team of passionnate people and exclusively dedicated to comics blogs and webcomics. It 's the 8th edition and I really hope there will be LOADS of people coming around, cause I'll be there the whole 2 days, drawing, chatting and everything. it will be in Paris 3rd arrt, September 29th and 30th. You can take a look at my interviex on the Festiblog website, and leave little comments or share it all around via your favorite social networks. Maxime
Close Call Comics participates to the Free Comic Books Day on Webellipses!03 May 20125 May 2012, for the first time in France, comic book readers will celebrate the Free Comic Book Day.
This is a widespread tradition in the United State that offers some free comics in bookstores the first Saturday of May!
Exceptionally, and for a period of 15 days, Close Call Comics will be on Webellipses app starting from May 5.
A selection of 22 pages of SAGA will be presented on the application Webellipses available on iPad, iPhone and Android.
See you on May 5, enjoy!
5 EXCLUSIVES PAGES FOR BODOI.INFO!19 March 2012Here we are!
You were dying to know more about the SAGA's characters, their powers, their crossed destiny and you could not wait anymore? Exceptionnaly, Close Call Comics delivers for you 5 exclusives pages in preview on Bodoï.info!
During the Angoueme Festival in January, amongs the amazing contacts we made, we met Benjamin, Bodoi's editor in chief, the comic book explorer.
As he really likes SAGA, he offers us to release in preview, in french and exclusivly 5 pages of the serie to introduce it to the readers across the world (or almost)
Last September, Max and Nido worked like crazies to deliver in time a similar project for the magazine Horizons Fantastiques who, sadly, ceased to be published before the releasing of those 5 pages.
Benjamin's offer was a great opportunity and we thank him again for opening his door to our characters.
These 5 pages we be integrated shortly in the story, in the same time, itthe occasion to introduce SAGA to your friends because of the contexte who's explain, the links between the characters and also because we deliver, whitout spoiling, what gonna happen in the next episode!
Enough with tallking, see you on Bodoi.info right now, enjoy!
THE AFTER ANGOULEME 201207 February 2012Hi everyone and first of all Thank you! Thank you because you are increasingly numerous to come on here on the website and to come to support us on the festivals, thank you also to our new fans on the Facebook page, in these chilly times, that's the warm attention we need!!
Here is also a very quick review of the festival of Angouleme, because, after all, it was the first for CCC not as visitors but behind a booth!
CLOSE CALL COMICS AT THE ANGOULÊME FESTIVAL !09 January 2012Hi all,
For this new year, we made great resolutions! One of them was to increase our presence on festival, and so we do!
During our last journey in Lille for the Lille Comics Festival, the prozine Scarce kindly offered us to join them in South-West of France and share some space on their booth at the Angoulême Festival!
With such an opportunity, they also invited us to be part of their presentation booklet which will be distributed for free during the entire festival!
We will share the "Scarspace" with Abby Denson, Fred Harper, Molly Crabapple, Yuko Koyama and Frédéric Grivaud, all French and International artists also invited by Scarce.
So, if by any chance you're on the neighborood, come by and say hello!
COLLECTOR GOODIES AT THE LCF26 October 2011That's right!
Exclusively for the Lille Comics Festival, Close Call Comics edited a set of 10 different collector badges that which will for sale on our booth for 1€/badge!
Besides sporting an amazing look, you will show us support and help us continue our work!
Come to the LCF, November 5th and 6th in Lille, and get your Close Call Comics badges!
Close Call Comics at the Lille Comics Festival!21 October 2011Close Call Comics is thrilled to announce we will be at the Lille Comics Festival the next 5th and 6th of November!
Horizons Fantastiques magazine cancelled14 October 2011We recently had confirmation of this sad news: Horizons Fantastiques's 3rd issue won't be available in newsstands. After the 2 first issues which had trouble finding their audience, there will be no paper version for the 3rd issue. But the Horizons Fantastiques team is looking for a solution to make this issue available online. Of course in that case the 6 pages of SAGA we delivered would be part of this "online edition" which will probably be for sale. We will keep you posted on any other opportunity we might have to get those pages "paper-published". Meanwhile, know, in time, that they will be available for free on our website anyway. We are sending our best thoughts to the Horizons Fantastiques Team and wish them success in their next projects.
THE ANNIVERSARY, FIRST YEAR!23 September 2011Here we are! Close Call Comics is celebrating its first year anniversary! Come on in and discover the new version of the website, where you will now find the following contents:
- BONUS with convention sketches, fan-arts, exclusive covers and rare drawings…
- CHARACTER PROFILES, that will be updated along the season
- SHORT STORIES, that will make light on certain events or characters of SAGA
The homepage has now a more vertical layout, to make it look a bit more like a comic books cover, and you will find shortcuts that lead to:
- The very first episode of the season
- The latest episode posted
- Close Call Comics's tweets
- News, all about Close Call Comics and our friendly "webbourhood" (other websites or authors we like)
But enough said, the best is now to let you see by yourself, enjoy the tour and don't hesitate to leave your comments on our Facebook fan page!
SAGA SOON IN NEWS-STAND07 September 2011During the last Comic Con Paris, we were introduced to the team behind the "Horizons Fantastiques" magazine, and guess what? SAGA has been selected to publish 6 exclusive pages in the magazine's october issue!
INTERVIEW ON NOWATCH TV10 July 2011Nowatch.net is a cool website, dedicated on podcasts and all contents exclusively broadcast online During Paris Comic Con i was lucky to meet their colorful team, most notably Cedric Bonnet, who took the time to interview me Thanks to Nowatch for putting the spotlight on Close Call Comics and SAGA, it was an real honor for us, and it definitely is a big help too ! watch the interview Max.
PARIS COMIC CON 2011, 4 AWESOME DAYS06 July 2011
Paris Comic Con ended on sunday night, after 4 days of pure crazyness mixed with laughters, sketches and wonderful encounters! Everything was great for team Close Call Comics. I had the pleasure and honor to be invited to WIP Agency's booth, and their whole team has treated the artists and visitors like kings. They did everything to make us feel at ease and allow us to meet our "audience" in the best way possible. A big fat THANK YOU to you guys, you rock : JS, JM, Guillaume, Eric, Noël and the others. And that was just the beginning : we had Julien Nido (artist for Aelement Comics and talented colorist on SAGA) sitting right next to me, Gabriel, our beloved publicist went hyperactive to get us to meet the press, the blogs and all, we had the charming visit of Olivier Robert, co-writer of SAGA, and his family, in the midst of a crowdy saturday (and he brought me 2 wonderful gifts : a customised Close Call Comics Mug AND his son's smile, little Tom, aged 6 months and allready at ease with all comics addicts and cosplayers around!) Sandra was with us too, in a way, through her amazing paper edition of the press kit and the SAGA episodes Trade Paperback, which had a real success, while Leo was at home, working on the website new version !
As for me, I've drawn sketches after sketches for the readers who came to the booth. To be completely honest, most did not know Close Call Comics before, all the more reason to try and share our passion and enthusiasm. I think, I hope, most of them has been quite pleased and they went away with the website address, if not a sketch. The ultimate reward for me was to be asked sketches of SAGA's characters (around 50% of the demands, the other half being mostly Marvel characters, which i obviously love). This has really touched my heart and the interest shown for our work has put me on cloud 9. I won't ever come down. And of course there were the "friends of the pencil" : the Drink'n'Draw Paris crew JH, Marti and Laurent from Aelement Comics, the gifted Surtur Flamingo, Jim Dandy, Liaze & Momai my charming booth neighbours, the super-duper Sinath who I hope to see again real soon and last but not least, "les petits copaing'" FPC, Nido, and Phil Briones, who is definitely a true gem of kindness, talent and humor.
On top of all that, we had friends visiting, friends who support and push us forward since the beginning, and thanks to Gabriel's work, we had really cool meetings with lots of people from the comics network : most notably the e Nowatch.net team, the journalists of d'Actualitté, ActuaBD, lafilledurock.com, Horizons Fantastiques, NoLife.tv, Canal Street, the cool bloggers of Cable's Chronicles, Comixity, Watchtower,Comicsblog and of course the unique Mister O of Generation Strange who intriduced me to the excellent Lesbian Geek a.k.a. Katchoo!
So here we are, our adventure continues on. While we impatiently wait for the next convention, there is still a lot of work to do, we will keep you updated!
ps : again and again thanks to all visitors/future readers : Valentin, Julie, Stéphane, Juan, Clément, Candice, Bessala, Julie, Philippe, Ronnie & Norman, Logan, Julien, Philippe, Pascal, Vincent, and of course Morgane et Julie (sorry if i forget anyone, i will get a copy of all the sketches i've done so i will be able to complete this list)
take care, read comics, share love.
COMIC CON 201130 June 2011
Here we are! The new Close Call Comics website makes its debut. A new look and a different layout (a little less blog, a little more website), that we hope you will like. All episodes have been posted, they are now much more accessible, via the homepage or the whole list, and more readable as well. Lots of other contents will be added in the coming weeks. We will announce them here and of course on our twitter account, and facebook page.
And it's right on time for the big early summer Comics event : Paris Comic Con A few paper sampler of SAGA has been printed, as well as the press kit and other web exclusive drawings. That's right, Close Call Comics IS attending the Paris Coming Con, from thursday 30th, june 10AM, to Sunday 3rd. July 7PM. Come meet us at the WIP Agency booth, in the Artists's Alley. We will be available for free sketches, talks, laughs and all !
Thanks to the WIP Agency for inviting us to the Con. Aand last but not least... A big fat thank you and congrats to
- Leo, who outdid himself with all the technical development of the website
- Sandra, who designed the press kit and handled all the printing material like a boss
- Gabriel, who reached out to journalists, websites and bloggers and organize this 4-days crazyness