Help me, JennyN! You’re my only hope!

Okay, maybe not, but I do remember her mentioning this.

I submitted my ballot for Chris Tamarri’s Comic Bloggers’ Poll 2005, and a question came up over Joann Sfar’s The Rabbi’s Cat. I put it in the Best Collection of Previously Printed Material category, because I remembered JennyN mentioning that it had originally been released as three individual comics (and that a fourth installment had just been released).

Can anyone help clear this up?

4 Responses to Help me, JennyN! You’re my only hope!

  1. Rose says:

    While I haven’t looked at the rules in detail, I’m a little confused why “this book sold well in France before it was translated and published here” isn’t proof that it was previously published material, but then perhaps there would have to be a “best translated comic” section or something like that.

    At any rate, here’s a link to information about Le Chat du Rabbin volume one, the bar mitzvah story. Since this has 48 pages and the American hardcover has 152, I think it’s pretty clearly a collection of the French volumes.

    JennyN probably knows more about this than I do (I have vague recollections that the stories have been collected in France and after being sold separately, though I could be entirely wrong) but I think it looks like you’re safe here.

  2. THE RABBI’S CAT was, indeed, originally published in France as three graphic novels… sort of like how each English volume of PERSEPOLIS was two volumes in France.

    In English, though, the only edition we’ve had so far is the all-in-one volume.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Heh, I’ve come late to this! But it’s as Greg says – the first three volumes are (1) The Bar-Mitzvah; (2) The Malka of the Lions; (3) Exodus. The fourth, recently out in French, is The Terrestial Paradise, and the fifth is to be African Jerusalem (or The Jerusalem of Africa). My copy of vol. 4 doesn’t mention any collected edition of the first three, but there might well be one eventually. – JennyN

  4. Anonymous says:

    PS: I enjoyed Sfar’s teaser at the end of vol.4 – “The cat and his little family will be back soon in Jerusalem d’Afrique. Exceptionally, there’ll be an Ashkenazi in this next volume”. – JennyN

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