Press

I wanted to make a dedicated space for links to reviews, interviews, and press that my various publications have received over the years, both glowing and not-so-good. I will update this post occasionally as new reviews, etc, come in or are discovered.

Interviews

“Naming the chapters after songs was a way that I could connect to and reflect on themes in my work… and in turn the chapters are sometimes reactions to and reflections of the music.”

Interview with Philippe Leblanc, The Comics Beat

“Titan… is a sort of reflection of social and economic things in the real world… I am very inspired by history and historical accounts, and I tried to bring some of that perspective to the story.”

Blu Bento

“Believe it or not, I was well into the project before I realized that I was tapping into a rich vein of “big girl” sexiness in the comics, R. Crumb and Johnny Negron and what not.”

Interview with Suzette Smith, Gridlords

Why We Love What We Do, Three Guys One Book

Zinesters Talking, Multnomah County Library

Interview with Jason Sacks, The Karl Show! (with Jason)

Interview with SF Bazaar

Titan (Français)

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“Grève, indifférence des élites, graphisme enragé et coup sur la gueule, tout est là pour donner corps à une aventure dans la pure tradition de la bande dessinée de genre indépendante…”

Fabien Deglise, Le Devoir

“L’auteur dresse la situation avec assez de complexité, d’humanité et de réalisme pour que le lecteur ne sache pas trop où placer son allégeance, les idéaux et les moyens pris pour les atteindre étant conflictuels.”

Rose Normandin, Les Mésconnus

“Le style simple et légèrement cartoonesque de Vigneault sied curieusement très bien à un scénario davantage sérieux justement grâce à ce judicieux jeu d’ombres violacées.”

Mathieu T, Bdmétrique

“Une BD québécoise de science-fiction qui vaut le détour!”

L’Étrange Programme (Vidéo)

“La justesse des dialogues, la souplesse de son trait et la sensualité qui s’en dégage assouplissent un genre hélas trop souvent guindé. De l’admirable sci-fi comme il s’en fait trop peu.”

Jean-Dominic Leduc, Les Librairies

“Une histoire de science-fiction qui pourrait facilement se transposer à certaines réalités actuelles et aussi l’histoire de deux êtres que tout éloigne, mais qui se rejoindront dans cette histoire. À lire absolument!”

Shannon Desbiens, Les libraries

” It was great to see such a satisfying ending after following Titan as a webcomic for 5 years!”

Phillipe Leblanc, The Comics Beat

“Le propos est ambitieux et le scénariste, qui signe ici sa première œuvre, tire très bien son épingle du jeu.”

J. Milette, BDGest

“Planant, poignant, magnifiquement mis en image.”

Jean-Dominic Leduc

Titan (English)

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“While it looks very cartoony up front, it is actually all business: his characters are bloodied, scarred, bruised, bumped, bandaged, sweaty, and totally intense.”

Patrick Goddard, Graphic Policy

“Both sides in the conflict have their own ethical murkiness, but Vigneault is more interested in developing how that affects conflict, action, and character interaction than he is in lecturing the reader.”

Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

“Francois Vigneault’s harder-than-some science fiction story Titan runs to its first concluding moment (I only say “first” because I hope for more) with a lot of confidence in terms of tone and plotting.”

Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

“…a spectacular science fiction comic… beautifully illustrated and has a very interesting tone to it.”

Phillipe LeBlanc, The Comics Beat

“François Vigneault’s Titan was one of, if not THE, best comics discovery of 2015 for me.”

Greg Matiasevich, Multiversity Comics, Best Digital First or Webcomic of 2016, #3

“Hard sci-fi usually prioritizes technology over characters, but Vigneault beautifully illustrates inter-class dynamics, and, in doing so, foregrounds the very human relationships that make Titan more than a bushel of techno-babble.”

Shea Hennum, Paste Magazine, 10 Small Press and Self-Published Comics You Should Have Read in 2015

“If you like your love stories mixed with space and politics this is the series for you.”
“The politics and the sci-fi are both great, the illicit affair between the Terran and the Titan is rendered with that loving hotness you’d expect from the comix tradition…”

“Like the best futuristic science-fiction, François Vigneault’s webcomic Titan has a lot to say about the world that we live in right now.”

Rich Barett, Mental Floss

“TITAN proves to be a comic in the best sci-fi tradition: a compelling exploration of the human psyche.”

“Not only a more serious comic, but also one that is much more socially and politically charged…”

The Comics Alternative Podcast 

“Through suspicious characters, group tension and even song lyrics, there is a real feeling of isolation…”

Drew, Music City Comics

“Vigneault is telling a very human story of immigration and diversity tensions…”

Laura Sneddon, Vector

“If you are looking for a good, hard sci-fi comic this was awesome.”

Big Planet Comics Podcast

“One of the most realistic scifi webcomics we’ve read in ages… it’s that blend of the human moments with the plausible futuristic technology that leaves us so invested in Titan and the ultimate fate of its labor force.”

—Lauren Davis, io9

“Vigneault’s lines are generous and his characters friendly. The book is beautiful on its original webpage, and somehow even better in the printed edition.”

—Andy Zeigert, Comic Book Daily

“Fans of ‘hard’ sci-fi will enjoy the way that certain details regarding life on Titan play out sociologically and in terms of technology, especially in the way that technology has the potential to completely erase a way of life.”

“There’s no false utopia presented in Vigneault’s future world, merely an aspirational sci-fi narrative that allows us to reflect back on our own social issues through the lens of this re-contextualization process.”

“Any science fiction fan can quickly find themselves comfortable in the setting of this tension-filled moon. But the setting on the moon feels unfamiliar because it’s so specific, so unique to Vigneault’s imagination and so full-fledged in its vision.”

Operation: Pineapple Sparkle
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“I breezed through Operation: Pineapple Sparkle with no problems whatsoever. That’s partly my taste, but also partly because O:PS is a clearly presented story with recognizable sides and no backstory to drag me down.”
“The comic balances a bit of humor with the serious notes, and while there are a few places that have to be a bit of an info-dump, I think that it works overall, thanks to the visual breakdowns and decision to play the story as a mirror image.”
“It’s not dry like an e-book or a blog post. People resonate with its message: that users are the root cause of the problem.”

Scout Books

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“But upon turning the page of the first installment of Scout Books’ War Stories series, we find an illustration that cannily reduces the distance between us and the condemned man peering off the page at the river awaiting his corpse.”

—Kristopher Jansma, The Believer (War Stories)

“…a series of pocket-sized classic short stories accompanied by new illustrations, such as Francois Vigneault’s fantastic comic illustrations for Ambrose Bierce’s “’An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.’”

Chris Russell, Literary Hub

“The sort of thing you might want to keep in your desk drawer for whenever you’re having a Lost Generation sort of Hemingway moment during Meyer lemon season.”

—Jenn Garbee, L.A. Weekly Squid Ink (The Cocktail Hour: Rum, Gin, & Vodka)

“These are actual pocket books–3.5 by 5 inches in size, with 32 pages–and really nicely made, from good-quality all-recycled paper.”

Caustic Cover Critic (American Shorts)

“As electronic books and readers become increasingly popular, it’s especially charming to hold such a thoughtfully made, physical book. Someday I hope my kids will inherit a nice library of titles form ‘ol dad, and the Scout Books will be a very nice addition.”

—52 Tiger (American Shorts)

“What a great way to add a fresh and modern take on some of American’s most unforgettable classics!”

—Nadia, A Bookish Way of Life (American Shorts)

“The illustrations are cool, though there aren’t very many (only about three to five in each volume that I have seen), and the print is tiny, but at less than five dollars apiece, they’re seem great for a mass purchase and giveaway.”

—Short Story Reader (American Shorts)

ELFWORLD Vol. 2

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Elfworld is a welcome refinement to what has now become a trend, and a challenge to others to come up to its level of craft, attention and care.”

—Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

“The nicest production values I’ve seen in minicomics.”

—Mike Baehr, Robot 6

Elfworld exhibits a strong, if still coalescing, vision, one that’s unfiltered by the layers of input that go into the larger publishing houses’ anthologies… Little flourishes on the Elfworld books–the French flaps, the amazing designs on end papers, the very, very cool portrayal of the table of contents as a castle/mountain cavern . . . the personality goes far beyond the content.”

—Jeremy Nisen, Osmosis Online

“I also need to mention the production design, as that Sammy Harkham cover and the work that Francois put into designing this book were both top-notch.”

—Whitey, Optical Sloth

“Vigneault, a cartoonist and designer of the ridiculously sophisticated book (it’s a comic book pamphlet with endpapers), recruits the likes of David Enos, Ben Costa and Dash Shaw to create a retrospective; an almost nostalgic reimagining of fantasy tropes and images.”

—Ao Meng, The Daily Texan

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Elfworld does have some enjoyable moments and a few very good contributions like those from Jeffrey Brown, Dave McKenna and Kazimir Strzepek, among others. A concept like Elfworld (alternative comic artists making fantasy stories) is just so exciting that I know it can do better.”

—Sarah Morean, The Daily Croshatch

Elfworld, for its part, is almost ruthlessly cohesive. While there’s no one must-have short story within its pages, there are a number of solid shorts… Unfortunately, because it fails to offer one or two superior pieces, the individual reader’s appetite for Elfworld likely depends on that person’s enthusiasm about such material in the first place.”

—Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

“While I appreciate Vigneault’s attempt to bring a variety of approaches (serious and otherwise), the next volume may work better as a whole if every artist successfully walks the line between genre fantasy and playfulness.”

—Rob Clough, Sequart

“We’ve recently encountered the most wonderful comic book anthology — 16 stories by alternative creators, all taking place in the swords & sorcery genre. They range from hilarious to touching to just plain wrong… In any case: overall great art, very good writing, high quality throughout, and cast of indie darlings that are definitely, definitely deserving of more attention.”

SFist

“I also liked Vigneault’s contribution, a story of humans versus elves and the young man caught in between the conflict. Wordless, the artwork and the expressions on the character’s faces carry the story from beginning to tragic ending. I kinda wish Vigneault had gone a different way to finish the story, though, as this ending seemed just a bit too pat for my taste.”

—Rob McMonigal. Panel Patter

Bird Brain

“Beautiful little journal minicomics… Every bit as revealing and autobiographical as a standard diary strip.”

—Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

“Luckily there are a few things of interest to the rest of us too, not to mention the fact that reading about these different birds was vastly more entertaining than I would have figured.”

—Whitey, Optical Sloth (Bird Brain #4)

“If anybody out there hates birds, it’s probably best to move along to the next review. Who hates birds? Well, somebody is bound to, right?”

—Whitey, Optical Sloth (Bird Brain #2)

Friends

“There are layers and layers of meaning here and the art has made another leap forward. Absolutely, positively essential reading.”

—Whitey, Optical Sloth (Friends #3)

“The art in the main story, about two friends both named Jack taking off to Vegas to join a band of card counters, just doesn’t feel as warm as the art in issue one. Often several panels in a row are just talking heads against a white background. Vigneault does a nice job mixing up the panels, but this one feels a bit flat next to the first comic.”

—Shawn Hoke, Size Matters (Friends #2)

“Well, the second issue is usually the one that convinces me of a book, and I’m officially won over with this one.”

—Whitey, Optical Sloth (Friends #2)

“The art is a bit raw here and there, and yes, that cover is off-center, but this is also his first comic (or at least I got that impression from the letter) and those kinds of things tend to work themselves out after a few issues.”

—Whitey, Optical Sloth (Friends #1)

“Vigneault’s art is warm and I enjoy the way he draws his faces… In this first issue of Friends, the faint pencil lines are almost like seeing through the skin of the story. It’s like you can see the bones, muscles and ligaments, and it adds to the organic nature of the book.”

—Shawn Hoke, Size Matters (Friends #1)