first discreet and full of promise with The smile of the puppets, then affirming its choices, graphics and narratives, in Bacchus’ vision, Jean Dytar is once again taking his favorite paths.

Wondering about the relationship to the image, the beginnings of cartography, as well as the importance of accounting for space and places in order to better annex them, Florida returns to the conquest of the Americas by the Huguenots. It is thus a question of the geopolitical designs of the time – we are in England of the 16th century – and of the shenanigans of the low Court, but also of the forgotten dreams of a woman as of those shattered of the one she waited for and then supported. .

This beautiful album has the rare quality of making people aware – in a simple way – of the complexity of a bygone past and of arousing a real interest in this sad odyssey, too quickly forgotten. Behind his characters with the physiognomy depicted in a few lines, the former professor of visual arts gives the different temporalities of his story their own tone and opts for choices with worked symbolism. Obviously, the sleek graphics, despite the most classic layout leaves nothing to chance.

Leading the reader into a long-term scenario where the thread of events meticulously weaves the web of history, Florida turns out to be both educational and fun. It confirms the existence of new avenues for authors who know how to explore them.

By S. Salin


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