Guy Delisle on meeting his cartoonist idol, José Muñoz ‹ Literary Hub

Before writing his famous travelogues about life in distant lands, Pyongyang, Burma Chronicles, Jerusalem: Chronicles of the Holy Cityand Shenzhen, author Guy Delisle was an animator who wanted to quit his job and become a cartoonist. He first dabbled in short stories, trivia and experimental comics. These comics are collected in the career-spanning collection World Record Holders now from Drawn & Quarterly.

In this story, Guy recalls going to the library as a teenager, methodically reading comic books daily, and developing an unexpected affection for the genius work of Argentine cartoonist José Muñoz. Eventually, at the Bsatia Festival in the 1990s, Guy meets the creator and hopes to tell him how much his work has influenced his. In the end, the meeting is only a quick passing of a marker. In true Delisle form, the story is incredibly authentic, truly relatable, and hilarious.

World Record Holders ranges from nostalgic childhood nostalgia, to heartbreaking post-stardom encounters, to formally ambitious visual puns and harrowing storylines. It was translated by Helge Dascher and Rob Aspinall.

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Of World Record Holders by Guy Delisle. Copyright © 2022. Available on Drawn & Quarterly.

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