talk from another galaxy: coralie and ted, drôle de coco

Fasten your seat belts, traveler!

You just signed for our new program, TALK FROM ANOTHER GALAXY, and we’re about to take off!
This new program of ours allows you to glance over our friends’ own galaxy and share a short journey through their bookshelves. What is trending on the other side of space? Well, buckle up, because you’re about to find out!

If you’d like to take part in the Talk From Another Galaxy (#TFAG) series, contact me through my contact page over here, or on Twitter.

Welcome to our second episode of this new series! I am more than happy to welcome this new episode one of my « irl » (in real life) friends, Coralie! She’s an avid reader and always has such good recommendations, especially when it comes to comics and graphic novels. I’m so happy she agreed to participate: her support means so much to me!

Coralie chose to discuss a French graphic novel, which has only been translated into German for now, but if you want to test out your French, Ted, drôle de Coco by Emilie Gleason is there for you!

Hey, Coralie! Thank you so much for participating! You chose to talk about We Set The Dark On Fire, but for those who don’t know, can you tell us quickly what is this book about?
This book is about Ted Gugus, a young autistic person, who’s forced to get out of his comfort zone and finds himself in more and more unexpected and funny situations.

And why do you think people should read it?
They should really read it because the author and illustrator’s work is really great! Through this comic, she’s doing quite an accurate depiction of what it is to be autistic, and how you react to the world that surrounds you. And she’s doing it while being funny, and not by mocking the main character: the comic relief comes from the situations he gets into and the world around him, and not from Ted himself.

This seems so interesting! And you, what did you like about it?
Everything, haha! Thanks to this graphic novel, the reader can see what it’s like to be an autistic person, a disabled person, in a world that barely understands you. It’s done without relying on words, and Emilie Gleason’s drawings, and how she works on bodies — especially Ted’s body —, are what carry her message. The author uses the cartoon codes of classic comics to make us understand and live the world experience of those disabled persons. I think it’s really impressive!

Whoah, what you’re saying really makes me want to read the book! You have me hooked! Okay, I have another question, because I like to be sneaky and you can learn so much about people according to how they shelve their books. How did you shelve Ted, drôle de Coco?
I’d say I’d probably shelved it with my other comics and graphic novels, even if this shelf is quite full by now! But I haven’t had the occasion yet cause whenever I talk about it, I end up lending it to most of my friends.

Ah, yeah, I remember you were our official librarian! Last question! If my readers like those books, they’ll like We Set the Dark on Fire… But which books are we talking about?
Okay, that’s a tough question! Lemme think… I got Comment survivre, by Emilie Gleason, which is another French book by the same author. There’s also My Favorite Thing is Monsters, by Emil Ferris, and Autre by Maël Nahon which is about several people outside the « society’s norms ». And, well, this is not a book but the TV show Atypical also deals with a young autistic person.

Thank you so much for your time Coralie, and for doing this! I don’t know about my readers, but you definitely convinced me (as always)! Stick around a little more, and learn more about Coralie and Ted, drôle de Coco:

Coralie is an « irl » book blogger, which means she doesn’t have a platform, but she’s always there to recommend books to her friends and engages in any bookish discussion. Aspiring publisher, she cares about the literary representation of disabled persons and is an avid reader and supporter of graphic novels.


by Emilie Gleason

Ted trimballe sa grande carcasse dégingandée à travers la ville dans un train-train aussi régulier qu’énergique ; métro-boulot-dodo certes, mais avec une énergie et une rigueur peu communes. Puis un jour, la mécanique se grippe et tout s’emballe, ce jour où le métro est en travaux et où les choses ne sont pas, plus, comme d’habitude. Et là, tout dérape… Emilie Gleason s’est fortement inspirée du vécu de son frère, diagnostiqué Asperger, pour raconter les bien étranges journées de Ted – rencontre, discussion, amour, sexe, empathie, tant de choses qui, pour Ted, ne vont pas vraiment de soi… Mais alors que la « bande dessinée du réel » a produit tant d’oeuvres lénifiantes n’existant que par leur sujet, Emilie Gleason, elle, transcende son sujet pour nous livrer un moment de lecture survolté, mené à cent à l’heure, plein d’inattendus et de surprises. Bien plus qu’un « reportage » ou un « témoignage », Ted est une véritable immersion dans un esprit pas vraiment commun et offre à l’arrivée une expérience de lecture rare, un tourbillon de couleurs et d’énergie, à l’image de son personnage principal.


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