Since 2021, the Prix Victor Rossel has crowned the best talents in both literature and comics. “Jim” was nominated for this award 1).
“It was time for my walk and I couldn't see him. He must have been waiting for me somewhere…”. In drawing Jim, his recently deceased dog, François Schuiten has once again found in the art of the comic strip a way of filling the emptiness inside him and honouring what is dear to him.
François Schuiten: “I'm a bit of a laborious drawer. I need to reassure myself, and my drawings are the fruit of a rather long process. But for Jim, it was the opposite: I needed it to come out, I needed to capture this elusive emotion. I didn't really look for it: it just fell into my lap. It's the way I found to go through the disappearance of my dog. The pleasure of rediscovering him through drawing lightened my pain, and it was a form of therapy, helping me to understand what linked me to my dog and to recapture all the emotions that lay beneath the surface.” 2)
By compiling these illustrations in a carefully produced book, François Schuiten underlines, with the majesty that characterises all his work, the powerful and invisible links that are forged between people and their pets, and brings a little warmth to those who know or dread the inevitable end of an extraordinary relationship.
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François Schuiten making a drawing of Jim in the book.