Girard's talent gives a multi-layered expression to the graphic novel and brings to life those familiar characters that populate almost everyone's high school history.North Shore News
Jimmy is a teenager in a crummy little town. He's got a lousy best friend named Simon, a porn habit, and an uncle whose miserable existence is the embodiment of life stalled in its tracks. He's also got a tender soul, a pure-hearted crush and the makings of a budding artist. A horrible Youtube video of Jimmy dancing in his living room becomes viral, courtesy of Simon, and has made every sweet and hopeful thing about Jimmy seem utterly pathetic. Everyone from fellow classmates to the clerk at the corner store has seen the video, and Jimmy finds himself a celebrity in his town, just for the wrong reason. Unfortunately, the Youtube antics do not stop there.
As in his debut graphic novella Nicolas, Pascal Girard again showcases his pitch-perfect dialogue and his spare, deceptively simple style that is wonderfully expressive. Girard utilizes a drawn line full of tentative, exploratory, and intuitive emotion, a line sure of the treasure it carries as the book's quiet hero.
Bigfoot has been translated from the French by Helge Dascher. Dascher has been translating graphic novels from French and German to English for over twenty years. A contributor to Drawn & Quarterly since the early days, her translations include acclaimed titles such as the Aya series by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie, Hostage by Guy Delisle, and Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët. With a background in art history and history, she also translates books and exhibitions for museums in North America and Europe. She lives in Montreal.
Praise for Bigfoot
Bigfoot by Pascal Girard uncannily evokes the sexual confusion and all-round queasiness of what someone once laughably called the wonder years.Montreal Gazette