Tout Bec Doux | The Complete Cajun Comics of Ken Meaux and Earl Comeaux

by Ken Meaux and Earl Comeaux

Tout Bec Doux | The Complete Cajun Comics of Ken Meaux and Earl Comeaux

The BecDouxetsesamis series constitutes a rare example of weekly newspaper comics written in Cajun French and dedicated to the self-representation of an often overlooked and stereotyped ethnic minority. Co-written by two Cajun authors, Ken Meaux (art) and Earl Comeaux (text), it was published for the first time in The Kaplan Herald in August 1969 and ran on a weekly basis for over twenty years until July 1992, appearing in other southwestern Louisiana newspapers as well. It depicts, in the style of caricature, daily situations of Cajun life, staging the (mis)adventures and social commentary of the main character, BecDoux, and his sidekick, Zirable, with regular appearances from a cast of other Cajun protagonists, including Chère (BecDoux’s overweight and combative wife), Pas Belle (Zirable’s unattractive wife), and their many children.

Tout BecDoux is the first complete collection of the comics and includes critical introductions by Fabrice Leroy and Barry Ancelet, two of Ken Meaux’s pre-BecDoux graphic stories—Louisiana Folklore and The Cajuns—and an unseen BecDoux et sesamis comic strip that publishers refused to print.

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