A comic-book author is about to pay for his groceries when he realises he’s forgotten his supermarket loyalty card, a heinous misdemeanour. The checkout girl immediately alerts security, but the writer makes his escape. The police are called and a relentless manhunt commences, as the fugitive hitchhikes across the region, torn between remorse and existential ruminations. The media get hold of the affair and soon the whole country is in a flutter, divided between compassion and fascistic outrage. After all, might this virtually unknown comic-book author truly be a danger to society?
This bestselling graphic novel gets its title from the chorus of a jaunty Joe Dassin number. And indeed our hero will be condemned to sing this very song, karaoke style, as an alternative to a custodial sentence.
With more than a nod to the British nonsense tradition, Fabcaro’s burlesque, and at times surreal, ‘road movie’ is a caustic critique of societal archetypes (family, media, police, neighbours) and their improbable, or often all too predictable, attitudes and reactions.
Zaï zaï zaï zaï has been a massive
hit in France, selling over 100,000
copies and scooping up an array
of prizes. A film adaptation is
currently in production.
Born in 1973, Fabcaro has spent the past ten years exploring and experimenting with the humorous comic-book form, often with an autobiographical and absurdist
take. He has also contributed to numerous magazines, such as Tchô !, L’écho des savanes, Psikopat, ZOO, CQFD, Kramix, Jade and Fluide Glacial.