In case you didn't already know, many of the BABYMOUSE books have been translated into French by our Canadian publisher, Éditions Scholastic. Her name en Francais is "MINI-SOURIS!" (Check out the Mini-Souris mini page here.)
Well, the folks at Éditions Scholastic gave me the awesome opportunity to go to Québec City last week for the Salon International du Livre de Québec. I got to do signings at their booth, surrounded by awesome books and exciting visitors like "Frisson" (Scaredy Squirrel):
I also was given the chance to participate in the SILQ's sub-festival, the Festival de la bande dessinée francophone de Québec, which was a real treat since the vast, vast majority of participants were Francophone, producing primarily French-language comics ("bande dessinée"), and I don't speak a lick of French. (Five years of Spanish classes didn't help me out much in Québec.) The FBDFQ folks conducted an interview with me on stage the one day (via a translator) and allowed me to do two drawing demos: one with my Modbook hooked up to an LCD projector, in which I showed folks exactly how I draw my final art for Babymouse (or Mini-Souris!) in Photoshop, and another in which I drew live on paper under a document camera. Here's that drawing:
Another exciting thing was getting the chance to speak not only to Canadian Francophone fans of MINI-SOURIS, but also Canadian Anglophone fans of BABYMOUSE! Éditions Scholastic teamed me up with the Morrin Centre, an English-language cultural center in Québec City (and home to the only English-language library in the city), for their ImagiNation Writers' Festival. As part of the festival, they brought me to two Anglophone schools in the city (Everest Elementary and Holland Elementary), where I got to do my American-style school visit for the kids. It was a blast!
I also found out that the Quebecois morning TV show (the biggest one, I think) called "Salut, Bonjour!" ran a quick feature on MINI-SOURIS: VEDETTE ROCK (Rock Star) on Saturday morning. Here's a link to the segment video clip; look for MINI-SOURIS at around the 6:15 mark.
And, last but not least, if you haven't been to Québec City, go! It's an amazing European-style medieval walled city, right here in North America!
Thanks again to all the folks at Éditions Scholastic, the Morrin Centre, and the FBDFQ who made it possible! Merci beaucoup!