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Los combates cotidianos #1 (Le combat ordinaire #1)

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Marco es un joven fotógrafo de guerra que ha acabado sufriendo una grave crisis de identidad que le ha llevado a abandonar a su familia y a vivir en la soledad del campo... Una soledad aderezada con ataques de pánico, un gato juguetón, un anciano que entiende la vida de una forma muy peculiar. LOS COMBATES COTIDIANOS es una historia fresca y natural premiada como Mejor Álb ...more
Paperback, Colección cómic europeo, 56 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Norma Editorial (first published 2003)
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Nov 21, 2015 Dov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphics-comics
Marco does his best to escape the working-class world of his family by becoming a photographer/war journalist (it's not entirely clear to me). But, during the course of the story, he stops traveling, stops taking pictures of the horrors of war, and starts doing some soul searching. It is as if he got on a ship just to go somewhere else and by the time he stops running and looks around to see where he is, he realizes he's in uncharted territories (and doesn't speak any of the local languages.) He ...more
Mar 06, 2009 Troy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, read-in-2009
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I've been reading a lot of beautiful comics lately.

Hell, I've been reading a lot of beautiful books, in general, lately.

And Manu Larcenet's Ordinary Victories is a beautiful book. It's a largely rambling slice of life, which follows Marco, a photo journalist "taking pictures of corpses or people in the process of becoming ones" who is tired of his old life. Marco is a neurotic dweeb who has just quit his old profession, just stopped therapy, and just moved to the French countryside
Leo Horovitz
This contains the first to parts of Larcenet's Ordinary Victories, translated into English from the original French. The stories are about a photographer who has problems with anxiety. He's also sick of his work lately and feeling generally lost and lonely. Meeting his brother for some "big fat joints" and video games seems to bring some happiness into his life, but not much else seems able to produce that effect. After his cat gets a minor injury, he meets an interesting female vet with whom he ...more
Eva Mitnick
This is considered a "grown-up" graphic novel in my library system, but I think YAs would love it. There's no rampant sex, and only the most light-hearted consumption of large amounts of marijuana, so why not put it in the teen collection?
This is about a young Frenchman named Marco, who used to be a renowned photographer of foreign wars and exotic locations but who is somewhat of a self-pitying slacker. He still loves photography, but wants to do it on his own terms - however, it takes him a wh
Feb 07, 2016 Malapata rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic
Los combates cotidianos es la historia de un fotógrafo que ya no quiere seguir siéndolo, de un neurótico que teme el cambio, de un personaje humano, entrañable y confundido. Un cómic de aire triste, cuyos personajes se sienten cercanos y al que sólo hay que reprocharle su corta duración, que deja con las ganas de saltar sobre el siguiente volumen a saber cómo seguirá la vida de su protagonista.
Dominic Tiberio
Sep 09, 2014 Dominic Tiberio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This is one of those rare times when almost anything I write is not going to be adequate to convey all of the thoughts and emotions and depth necessary to cover the subject properly. It would also take far more words to describe all of that than to simply read the book, and still I would fall far short. There is only one other book I can think of that I have encountered where I was struck with this same thought, and it was The Tao te Ching. That is rarified air for a "lowly" graphic novel. There ...more
Marc is a young man who suffers from panic attacks, hates work, abhors change, loves photography, adores his pet cat, and feels profoundly and obsessively betrayed by a former friend who wasn't at all what he seemed. So far, so good.

I really wanted to like this book more. After experiencing a spate of memoir-style comic books that weasel in subplots about breeding, I paged through this one diligently before I checked it out of the library. When I didn't see any delivery room scenes or illustrati
Brenton Nichol
I'm not sure if this is autobiographical or not, but the complexity and nuance of the characters makes me feel like it is; it's tough to get away with characterization such as that in this book without it being based on reality.
I enjoyed this. It's what I call a slice-of-life story - you get to watch a character for a section of life; nothing wild, nothing crazy, just life. It follows a down-and-out photojournalist as he learns to truly love a woman, as he comes to grips with his father's ailing
Federiken Masters
Mar 28, 2012 Federiken Masters rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Antidepresivos
Recommended to Federiken by: Pelado y demás
Con este me terminó pasando algo parecido a lo que me pasó poco después con Gus: me hablaron tan pero tan bien que cuando finalmente me leí el comic me quedó gusto a poco. Es más: iba en el bondi leyéndolo cuando un pelado se me sienta al lado, y tuvimos esta conversación:
-Muy buen cómic, eh. Muy triste también.
-Por ahora viene bastante gracioso.
-Sí, esperá vas a ver cómo sigue.
Y después se puso a leer La Isla Panorama de Maruo y seguimos cada uno en lo suyo...
Quizás tendría que haberme ma
Matti Karjalainen
Ranskalaisen Manu Larcenetin "Pieniä voittoja" (WSOY, 2006) on modernin, aikuisille suunnatun sarjakuvan kirkkaimpia helmiä.

Sarjakuvataiteilijan karikatyyrimaiset makkaranenät voisivat olla ulkomuotonsa puolesta lähtöisin jostakin huumorisarjakuvasta, mutta päähenkilönsä Marcon kautta sarjassa käsitellään toinen toistaan painavampia teemoja, jotka pysäyttävät kolmekymmentä-ja-risaisen lukijansa uudelleen ja uudelleen. Sitoutumiskammo, suhde ikääntyviin vanhempiin, paniikkihäiriö, kyllästyminen t
Myriam St-Denis Lisée
Une BD magnifique!
Philippe Lhoste
Oct 16, 2010 Philippe Lhoste rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bd-europ-enne
Marco est un jeune photographe de presse qui déprime après avoir photographié « des cadavres exotiques ou gens en passe de le devenir » en Birmanie ou Kabylie.
Le titre est bien choisi : il montre le combat de tous les jours, fait de petits riens (visites à la famille, nouvelles connaissances), pour remonter à la surface et regagner l'envie de créer.

On sent des racines auto-biographiques, mais enrobées d'humour. Un album profond et plaisant.
Mar 12, 2016 Clara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Après avoir vu le film, adaptation très réussie, j'ai eu envie de lire la BD (moi qui n'en lit jamais...). Une grosse claque ! Le dessin est très simple, mais juste ce qu'il faut pour toucher le lecteur. La dépression et les crises d'angoisse sont tellement bien représentées qu'on se arrive presque à les ressentir. Les sujets (la dépression, la famille, l'amour, etc.) sont abordés d'une très belle façon, très simple, très pure. Tout est dans la justesse : ni trop, ni pas assez. C'est beau, agréa ...more
Vincenzo Aversa
May 29, 2013 Vincenzo Aversa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La paziente e sconvolgente routine giornaliera descritta attraverso la forza invisibile del vivere quotidiano. Divertente, quasi comico, ma vigliacco nel mostrare la faccia spietata del vivere comune.
Aug 18, 2014 Aildiin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bandes-dessinees
Au premier abord le dessin de Manu Larcenet n'est pas du genre qui m'attire. Heureusement j'ai ecoute les critiques plustot que mes gouts personnels et j'en suis ravis. Car comme Blast, c'est une superbe BD et apres 5 livres ( les 4 tomes de Blast et ce livre) je suis maintenant devenu un tres grand fan de Manu Larcenet et ma nouvelle vocation est de convaincre le reste du monde de lire egalement ses oeuvres...

Que dire d'autre de ce livre, si ce n'est que c'est une chronique sociale qui traite d
Julie Rylie
I got hooked on this books/ this author, I think everything this guy does is really personal and I really like that.

I'll have to write the same review for the 3 volumes I already read because I cannot differentiate anymore what belongs to where.

So this is the story of a guy that is a photographer completely overwhelmed in the city, taking anti depressants and going to therapy that decides there is more to life than living in constant fear of his own mind/ emotions so he decides to move to the
Joseph Young
So a burnt out photographer who seems to want to coast struggles with life. He seems to be a slacker who wants things to never change and gets angry with anyone who wants change.

Throughout the book, he starts becoming more accepting of the change the future brings and what has to be done in life.

My favourite part was during the artshow. A rockstar artist, who he is doing a show with, completely makes fun of his work to the groupie friends behind the photographer's back a couple days before the
Feb 27, 2011 Clumsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fumetti
Marco è un fotografo di guerra che un giorno decide di ritirarsi nella campagna francese insieme al suo gatto e ai suoi attacchi di panico. Seguiamo le sue giornate, impariamo a conoscere quella paura che sembra bloccare ogni sua possibilità di allontanarsi dai riti abituali, quel buco nero dentro ben protetto dalla corazza che gli fa tenere un po' a distanza tutti. Incontriamo con lui la veterinaria carina di cui si innamorerà, conosciamo il fratello e la sua fidanzata e vediamo la loro vita sc ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Sarri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tämä sarjakuva pisti keskusteluissa silmään, joten ajattelin lukaista sen. En usko, että olisin tarttunut albumiin muuten. Tarina liippasi vähän liian läheltä aikana, jolloin en missään tapauksessa tarvitsisi muistutuksia elämän nurjista puolista.

En tiedä, luenko sarjan muita albumeita, jos ovat yhtä masentavia.
Damián Vives
Larcenet logra con poco generar una poética del mundo cotidiano. La familia, el trabajo, la amistad, la pareja y un mundo que no deja de girar. La vida, el tiempo y las decisiones que nos definen y no nos abandonan. La violencia, el amor, la piedad y todo lo demás. Un excelente trabajo.
Jan 07, 2016 Juan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cómic bonito sobre la vida de un fotógrafo que quiere escapar de la rutina y de las fotografías de guerra. Trata sobre lonque el mismo título dice: el combate ordinario. Es la historia de un personaje cualquiera y su lucha diaria en la vida para seguir adelante.
Feb 09, 2010 Korynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphicnovels
A book about a young man who begins to realize some of the hypocrisies of life. That people who have done morally wrong things you disagree with can still be likable people. That artists whose work you like may be in life people you can't stand. That your parents despite all that's been said and done are still your parents, and even when you finally come to terms with that fact things still remain unsaid too late. That relationships are based on compromise. And that people you like may have poli ...more
May 21, 2008 Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ordinary Victories is a really good, solid story of a young photographer whose father is going senile, at a time when he is photographing the shipyard his father worked in and the men who worked there, in an attempt to record the way of life of these men, which is about to end when the shipyard is closed. He's between two worlds, not quite in the one he'll in habit next, and not out of the one he wants to leave, and a lot rests on this photo project for him professionally, as well. Through it al ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ordinary Victories is a bittersweet, slice-of-life story about Marco, a young, slightly neurotic, photographer with slacker tendencies. He struggles with commitment - in his personal and professional life. Full of nicely realised characters, complex relationships, and the consequent everyday struggles, which (sometimes) lead to the eponymous ordinary victories. It feels very true to life.

The art is very nicely done - quite cartoony in parts (a little reminiscent of Trondheim in places) with occa
Jul 08, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crude art but uses a range of techniques and the story is thoughtful and compelling. Lots of thoughts and ideas in a small space.
Oct 18, 2014 Gregoire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
très français mais j'adore toute la série plus pour l'histoire et la façon dont elle est narrée que pour les dessins
Isaac Lambert-lin
Jan 07, 2016 Isaac Lambert-lin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good 'modern' graphic novel story, which feels autobiographical. A young man's journey growing up, beginning to let go of both his insecurities and judgments.
I read this on the heels of Darwyn Cooke's adaptation of The Hunter. This book felt very French to me, with a nice mix of philosophical and psychological overtones. The drawings were more "comic-y" and I felt that they did less to tell the story on their own, but, still, they were nice compliments to the words. Marco was an incredibly frustrating character for me, though. I wanted to reach into the storyboard and smack him into action. Any longer at his pity party and I would have been bored.
Sylvain Bérubé
Tsé, la vie. (psst, gros merci à la personne m'ayant recommandé cette lecture!)

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Anxiety, anxiety, anxiety. And some more anxiety. Marc is a photojournalist who's too depressed (and anxious!) to work, too selfish to have a meaningful relationship, and too self-righteous to forgive. But he also manages to be a somewhat compelling character, dealing with an economic shift from his working-class upbringing to a privileged professional career, and getting out of touch with his roots. He can never go home again, it seems.
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Manu Larcenet (full name: Emmanuel Larcenet) is a French comics writer and artist. He has been working with Fluide Glacial magazine since 1994 and with Spirou magazine since 1997.
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