Published by Elica – 2019 – Italy
A5 format – 48 pages in b&w and colours – soft cover
Limited to 50 ex.
Andrea Cernotto from Elica and ex Aquilifer Sodality continues to publish the last Bruno Richard mad drawings as Elles Sont de Sortie (sans Pascal).
This issue is title is Impostures Sexuelles.
With his confrontational personality and strong individuality, his guttural, aggressive and uncompromising drawing style and his experimentation in book publishing, Bruno Richard – for a long time together, actually in a sort of symbiosis, with the late Pascal Doury – is one of the pioneers, and remains one of the most consisting figures, of the so called graphzine artists, starting in the mid-seventies almost simultaneously with the Bazooka group, composed of a new wave of French artists – Loulou Picasso, Kiki Picasso, Olivia Clavel, Ti5 dur, and others – to create a revolutionary and later highly influential style of illustration and publication, in a similar way to what slightly older American underground artists like Gary Panter, Mark Beyer and Art Spiegelman were doing through the pages of the contemporary RAW magazine, to which he and Doury also contributed at the time. Richard’s amazing body of work made of many thousands of drawings (“Je fais un dessin par jour” as he says) has almost exclusively been offered to the public, rather than by making original artworks circulate, through publication in magazines and books (the medium he likes best and finds more suitable), experimenting with formats, papers, bindings and methods of reproductions, constituting in most part a series named Elles Sont De Sortie (also the name of a non-existing group composed by Richard and Doury) spreading through mainly self-made, limited-edition productions, some volumes on official publishers (Futuropolis, Balland, Jean-Paul Rocher, Limage, Autrement, Humanoïdes Associés, etc.) and contributions to magazines (Hara-Kiri, Charlie mensuel, RAW, Infrarot, Zoulou, OBCN, etc.), and becoming through the years one of the most substantial and revered series in the world of graphzines and artist’s books.