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Champignac au Zorgland

Champignac au Zorgland

In this vivid image, Franquin illustrates not only an encounter between Count Pacôme Égésippe Adélard Ladislas de Champignac and Zorglub, but also the eternal dilemma that has consumed the figure of the tortured genius across the history of bande dessinée. Champignac, a humanist, pacifist and ecologist ahead of his time, is face-to-face with Zorglub, the epitome of the deranged, megalomaniac genius, prepared to stop at nothing to ensure posterity. And yet, despite himself, does not Champignac have a grudging admiration for Zorglub’s impressive feat – a publicity campaign on the moon? So what if it’s in zorglangue, and too bad for a major brand of fizzy drink… Franquin’s analysis is astute: “Zorglub tries hard to be magnificent, sensational and admirable, but generally only succeeds in being ridiculous.”

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