And, speaking of women cartoonists, here's a notable work by one from outside of North America, Julie Maroh. This graphic novel created a bit of a sensation in her native France when in was published in 2010. It has now been both translated into English for North American readers, and been made into a film – which was awarded the "Palme d'Or" prize at the 2013 Cannes FIlm Festival, no less! Blue Is the Warmest Color is a 21st century update of the archetypal tale of tragically doomed young love. Despite the film winning at Cannes, the author of this graphic novel is not altogether pleased. The film was "freely adapted" from the graphic novel, and much was changed, so anyone interested in this tale should strongly consider reading the book before (or instead of) seeing the film.
Body Music is French comics creator, Julie Maroh's follow-up to her acclaimed Blue Is the Warmest Color. It has at last been translated into English and published in North America by Arsenal Pulp Press. This flexi-cover volume runs 300 pages overflowing with beautiful – and sexy! – comics. Nuanced depictions of personal interactions – including sexual relations of all stripes – are Maroh's strength, and there are plenty of these here, along with much else. Set in Montreal!