Girard's ear for dialog shines and his self-deprecating humor is spot on.Xpress
A hilarious tale of the dreaded high-school reunion, including drastic weight loss, unrequited love, and shattered fantasies
Reunion is a semi-autobiographical book that recounts the events of the summer of 2009, when Pascal Girard received an invitation to attend his ten-year high school reunion. Initially dismissing the idea of attending, he quickly changes his mind when he receives an email from Lucie Cote, the girl he had a huge crush on in high school. She tells Pascal that she will be at the reunion and wonders if he would like to accompany her. Pascal becomes flustered with joy, except two problems remain: he must keep his almost uncontrollable infatuation a secret from his girlfriend Julie, and he must do something about his weight. At 252 pounds, he frets that his weight will put him in the "loser" category among his former classmates, but most of all, he hopes to impress Lucie.
He decides on a drastic plan of action: he takes up jogging every day until he reaches his goal of shedding fifty pounds. Three months pass as Pascal dutifully jogs and fantasizes about meeting Lucie, until finally he reaches his weight goal on the eve of the reunion. The now-slender Pascal arrives at the big event, full of fervent anticipation. However, one by one, his fantasies of moving into the "winner" category become cruelly deflated with each conversation he has with his former classmates.
Girard has quickly emerged as one of the best under-thirty cartoonists in North America. Having only started drawing comics five years ago (he worked in construction until recently), Girard's talent as both a writer and an artist has taken enormous strides with each new book he has created. Reunion is laugh-out-loud funny with wry self-deprecating humor, and Girard's cartooning is effortless in its fluidity.
Reunion 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 Reunion
Reunion is real, wry and cathartic.Bookgasm