Friday, 30 December 2011

The fastest comic book in the world! "J.C. Menu pue du cul"

In the 1980's, my partner, Vikki Liogier, was at college with JC Menu, the artist who went on to set up the independent publisher L'Association with Stanislas Barthélémy, Lewis Trondheim, David B., Patrice Killofer, Mokeit and Mattt Konture. L'Association published some of the best independent French comics of the next two decades, including many works by Lewis Trondheim and Menu himself, David B.'s internationally acclaimed  L'Ascension du Haut Mal (Epileptic), and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

But before that, in February of 1985, he appeared at Vikki's apartment in Montmartre with a copy of a limited edition of 'The fastest-produced comic book in the world'.

Actual size

The album is hard cover, hand-bound and hand coloured with water colour, pencils and coffee. It's title, roughly translates as "JC Menu has a smelly arse," though it rolls off the tongue better in French. Phonetically, "Jay-Cee Muh-noo, poo doo coo."

Here is the signature page.

   Translation: "This is the fastest produced BD (Bande Dessiné) album in the world. Conceived 8/2/85 at 15 H, it was drawn between 15.30 and 17 H, photocopied at 18h and bound by 21h. There are 30 copies - not for sale, (thankfully!)"

A truly priceless rarity and probably still the fastest comic in the world...


  1. Wow! This is incredibly cool! Any chance of a scan of the whole thing - I truly LOVE JC Menu's work and I think he is very underrated.

    Also, if Vikki ever wants to sell it... :)

  2. There is a copyright issue, and while it's okay to scan samples for review etc., I'm always reluctant to scan entire issues or complete stories without the express consent of the copyright owners. If I hear from JC and he gives me the go-ahead, I may well do that though.

    And sorry, Vikki is not selling. Actually though, I found we have some very early editions of other publications from Jean-Christophe and L'Association, including a very nice original sketch by David B, so look out for more stuff later.

  3. Thanks David! I'll try and keep an eye out... :)