J.-C. Gawsewitch éditeur
***Rights sold in Spain, Germany, China, and Italy***
***More than 150,000 copies sold in France***
***Film rights sold***
The French have finally got their own Bridget Jones.
The books have not yet been published in English but the humor will travel well.
Joséphine sketches the life of the eponymous comic-strip character who has become a cultural phenomenon in France. Clearly, a thirty-something Parisian professional is not so different from her American counterpart. Rising-star author and illustrator Pénélope Bagieu shows us the humor of Joséphine’s days and nights as she navigates between awkward online dates, nosy co-workers, and the perils of contemporary single life.
Slightly plump and far from soignée, Joséphine is the antithesis of her smug, married, older sister. Ah, but she is pretty, knows how to have fun, and—most important—has wonderful friends.
The first volume introduces her best friend, Rose; her cat, Bradpitt; and her new romantic possibility, Olivier. Olivier would be premium boyfriend material if only he hadn’t forgotten their three-month anniversary. What sort of man would do that?
In the second volume, Josephine tries to forget her ex-boyfriend in the arms of a handsome stranger. She might have succeeded if he hadn’t been married. But at least she can always count on her friends and the loyalty of Bradpitt to keep herself sane.
In the third volume, Joséphine finds love at last with Simon. But will the course of love run smoothly? Or could something unexpected ruin their newfound happiness?
Pénélope Bagieu : A twenty-eight-year-old Parisian-born commercial illustrator for such important and visible clients as Nestlé, L’Oréal, Bourgeois, and Nescafé, Pénélope Bagieu has become something of a celebrity with the success of her blog, Ma vie est tout à fait fascinante (My Life Is Completely Fascinating). Bagieu has appeared in countless magazine profiles and interviews and she has her own lingerie line with Etam. Now, film rights to Joséphine have been acquired by Gaumont, and Bagieu is working with her idol Joann Sfar (Little Vampires, The Rabbi’s Cat) on a new graphic novel series.