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The Adventures of Sgoobidoo

by (author) Cathon

translated by Helge Dascher & Robin Lang

Pow Pow Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2021
Humorous, Humorous, Comic Strips & Cartoons
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2021
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"An incredible, pint-sized, visual throwback."
--Esinam Beckley, Montreal Review of Books

Follow Sgoobidoo, famed canine detective, as he visits the corner store, bingo hall, and amusement park in a series of feeble mysteries with disappointing endings. Listen to the deafening silence of the broken television set as the wretched Sammy sits waiting for the professor, the prospector, or even his mother to call with a mission. Accompany the pitiful pooch and his humble human through a series of sad adventures in this digest-sized collection of stories, interspersed with ketchup-flavored games and spoof advertisements. The Adventures of Sgoobidoo is full of bizarre laughs and quirky fun for all ages!

About the authors

Montréal-based artist Cathon makes children's books and comics. After self-publishing a couple of critically acclaimed zines, she published her first professional book, La liste des choses qui existent, in 2013 -- an absurd encyclopedia co-created with established cartoonist Iris. Her first solo book, Les ennuis de Lapinette, was published in April 2015 by Comme des géants. Vampire Cousins sees her exploring moodier territories, while still retaining her uninhibited drawing style.

Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau spends most of his time writing film reviews and comic books. His first graphic novel, Pinkerton, created in collaboration with François Samson-Dunlop, was nominated for a Joe Shuster Award. His second book, Poulet grain-grain, pondered the subjects of chickens and revolution. With Vampire Cousins, he conjures up a humorous homage to old-school Hammer horror and Jean Rollin's cult vampire classics.

Cathon's profile page

Helge Dascher has for 25 years translated texts with a dynamic relationship to images. A background in art history and literature has grounded her translation of over sixty graphic novels, many by artists who have broadened the medium's storytelling range. Her translations included acclaimed titles such as Julie Delporte's This Woman's Work (co-translated with Aleshia Jensen, Drawn and Quarterly, 2019), Sophie Bédard's Lonely Boys (co-translated with Robin Lang, Pow Pow Press, 2020) and Michel Rabagliati's "Paul" books (Drawn and Quarterly, Conundrum). She also translates exhibitions, digital stories, and films, most recently Theodor Ushev's The Physics of Sorrow (with Karen Houle, NFB, 2019). A Montrealer, she works from French and German to English.

Helge Dascher's profile page

Robin Lang has been co-translating graphic novels for Pow Pow Press alongside Helge Dascher since 2017. Most recently she was lead translator on The Jellyfish, by Boum (Samantha Leriche-Gionet), The Adventures of Sgoobidoo, by Cathon, and Lonely Boys by Sophie Bédard, winner of the 2021 Doug Wright award for best book. Other works she has co-translated include The Pineapples of Wrath by Cathon, and the Almost Summer series by Sophie Bédard. Robin runs a cut-flower farm in the Eastern Townships during the growing season and translates from French to English in the winter. She thoroughly enjoys the intricacies involved in translating graphic novels and draws great satisfaction from helping these stories reach new readers.

Robin Lang's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"An incredible, pint-sized, visual throwback - a mystery/adventure comic geared towards kids (and towards those young at heart)."
--Esinam Beckley, Montreal Review of Books

"If canine capers, eccentric humor and retro aesthetics are relevant to your interests, I can't recommend this book enough!"
--Tina Olah, Broken Pencil

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