Big news! We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that Conundrum Press has purchased world English rights for Max de Radiguès’ young adult graphic novel, Simon & Louise. The deal was negotiated between Andy Brown of Conundrum Press and Sylvain Coissard of Éditions Sarbacane.
This announcement comes just as de Radiguès’ Weegee: Serial Photographer, co-created with Wauter Mannaert, is taking off, and just a couple of years after de Radiguès’ fantastic success with Moose, another young adult graphic novel. An ideal summer book, Simon & Louise is expected to be published in June 2019.
About Simon & Louise
It all begins with a relationship update on social media. Summer vacation is about to begin, and Simon discovers the change just as his supposed girlfriend leaves to spend two months in a seaside village.
Determined to find out what went wrong, Simon decides to hitchhike 520 kms to find her. With just his backpack and a few snacks, he sneaks out of the house and hits the road—but he quickly discovers that he isn’t quite prepared for the journey.
But that’s only half the story. Unaware of the miscommunication, Louise is dealing with social challenges of her own.
Written and illustrated from both points of view by the award-winning creator of Moose (nominated for an Eisner Award for Teens), Simon & Louise is a story about two people in love and the chaos that happens when technology gets in the way.
Twenty 2 Questions with Max de Radiguès
1.Who do you think will enjoy Simon & Louise?
I think fans of This One Summer, Smile, and Blankets will also enjoy Simon & Louise. Like those books, Simon & Louise is a young adult book that can be enjoyed by grown-ups and teenagers; teens will personally relate to it, while grown-ups will likely read it with a bit of nostalgia for their teen years. The book is set in the present day, but draws on universal themes of being young, in love, lost, unsecured, crushed, and still a kid.
The link to Blankets is less obvious maybe; it is, of course, a very different type of book. But when I read it, I remember the feeling of not yet knowing where you belong and what you want, and trying to be you but at the same time like others. It’s something that really resonates with me, and that’s something that I’m trying to do in my work.
2. As a teen, what was your most memorable summer adventure?
That’s a tough question. I guess it was the summer when we had our licenses for the first time. My dad was an electrician and I, along with three friends, bought his old truck from him. We customised it with beds and tables, and all four of us went to the south of France (even though we had only three seats).
We slept on the beaches, in the mountains and at the places of people we vaguely knew through family members. One night we were hungry and lost in the wild, the next we were sleeping in a house on the hills of Saint Tropez. It’s was a really crazy and intense holiday. Today, I still wonder how things didn’t go south.
But most of my teenage holidays were just me and my two brothers going from having fun to being very bored, waiting for something to happen…