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  string(7044) "Mais allo quoi ?!
C'est lundi matin, et comme à mon habitude avant de me plonger dans la mêlée d'une journée de travail intense, je passe d'abord dans la quiétude de la forêt, 
(ils n'ont pas encore branché de fax sur les arbres, c'est pour ça !).

Je parle de différents trucs avec Dieu et aussi parfois pour qu'Il me guide dans mon travail. Mais apparemment aujourd'hui mon cerveau n'est pas au courant de mes belles résolutions... En effet, des tas de pensées hors sujets, (une rencontre de famille, le film d'hier soir, un papillon) me coupent constamment la parole. Au point que parfois, je ne me rappelle même pas du début de ma propre phrase. 
- Halala! Quel piètre interlocuteur je fais... Désolé Seigneur.

Et prout la poésie ! 
Une légère vapeur s'élève du sol. L'air est doux. Un rayon de soleil ayant réussi à se faufiler dans l'abondance des feuillus me caresse chaleureusement la joue. D'un seul coup, toute la multitude des feuilles de la forêt se met à chuchoter un chant à l'unisson, obéissant au doigt et à l'oeil au signal de départ précis d'un chef d’orchestre invisible qui n'est d'autre que le vent. Les feuilles sont parées de perles d’eau qui étincellent soudainement au contact de la lumière, (comme le ferait la nitro dans les mains d'un gars atteint de Parkinson). Je ne saisis pas toutes les dimensions subtiles de l'hymne de ces feuilles, mais néanmoins j'en perçois vaguement la splendeur (bon, certaines d'entre elles postillonnent un peu). 

Allo ?
Quoi qu'il en soit ce vent a d’un coup balayé mes neurones encombrées par la culpabilité pour mettre à jour une idée nouvelle: 
Et si ce qui me déconcentre était une tentative désespérée de mon Interlocuteur pour me répondre...? Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Ça me semble d'un farfelu... mais ok, essayons: je me tais (ce qui est déjà un exploit en soi) et voilà la première pensée qui me vient à l'esprit:

- Tu as une histoire pertinente de Willy Grunch qui fait 5 pages (c'est d’ailleurs à ce moment-même, la seule histoire en tiroir avec ce nombre de page), traduit-la en anglais.
- Pfff et ensuite, j'en fais quoi...? Je ne connais ni journaux, ni éditeur anglophones, mais bon okay : défi accepté !
A peine arrivé à mon atelier, je contacte le pote à qui j'ai pensé durant la balade pour traduire (qui lui en contacte un autre qu'il estime plus doué que lui). Les jours suivants, je m'applique à courir après mes traductions et leurs corrections pour finalement les appliquer dans les bulles (un travail plus fastidieux qu'il n'y parait). 

Et maintenant ?
Du haut de la forêt, j'ai une vue panoramique sur mon village en contrebas ainsi que sur ma semaine si vite écoulée. Ma BD est prête okay, mais qu'est ce que je vais bien pouvoir en faire...?
Je suis encore perdu dans la brume amazonienne de mes réflexions lorsque que je m'assois machinalement à mon bureau. Tout à coup, la pile de courrier posé en vrac devant moi attire mon attention (sensible augmentation du suspense ambiant). L'adresse sur l'enveloppe me fait l'effet d'une détonation dans la jungle (et le ciel vide s'emplit d'oiseau qui fuient !): elle provient des USA ! 

De surprise, je saute de ma chaise et me mets au garde à vous. J'ouvre fébrilement l'enveloppe avec les doigts tout en ayant soin de ne pas déchirer l'adresse (purée ça aurait été plus rapide de l'ouvrir avec le tire-bouchon de mon couteau suisse!)
De jeunes américains m'écrivent ni plus ni moins de leur envoyer 5 pages dessinées pour leur collectif BD! 
Les jambes sciées, je suis abasourdi et relâche d'un coup la pression me laissant retomber de tout mon poids sur ma chaise de bureau. Cette dernière, tout autant surprise du choc, accuse le coup en provocant une petite échappée d'air imitant à merveille le bruit de pet inopiné.

Drôle de résultat
Plusieurs semaines plus tard, je reçois la BD imprimée. Oh !oh ! les autres participants ne sont pas des pro. Ce livre n'est qu'un projet de jeunes débutants... Si j'étais prétentieux, je dirais que leur oeuvre à au moins l'avantage de mettre en valeur ma BD (oups ! Je l'ai dit !) Quoi qu'il en soit, c'est mal barré pour « percer au USA »: un tel ouvrage ne dépassera jamais le cadre familial (Les parents étant les seuls à trouver ma-gni-fi-que l'oeuvre de leur progéniture, fut-elle aussi laide qu'un étron qui vient de naitre*).


Le clin de lune
Alors pourquoi fallait-il que j'y participe ? Si seulement cela pouvait impacter un lecteur ou encourager un auteur (ou un parent !) en herbe... Bah, je n'en saurai jamais rien. Mais qui sait, si un jour je suis bien luné, j'entendrai Dieu m'en toucher un mot. De toute façon, je le crois capable de cacher quasi l'entier d'un astre aussi gros que la lune juste pour faire un clin d'oeil à l'un de ses amis... et pour moi, ça vaut bien tous les rêves américains de la terre.

Justine
Quelque temps plus tard, lors d'une balade forestière, j'ai pensé à Justine. C'est une copine que je n'avais plus vu depuis des années. Au lieu de passer à autre chose, je lui ai immédiatement envoyé l'SMS suivant: « Salut, je suis dans la forêt avec Jésus, et on pense à toi ». 
Quelques temps plus tard, elle m'a confié qu'elle s'était éloigné de Dieu, mais que mon petit message est arrivé pile-poil et à point nommé pour la ramener à Lui. (Enorme!)

La révélation ultime !
Néanmoins par souci d'honnêteté, je me dois de rajouter que je ne compte plus le nombre de fois où j'ai franchi la porte de mon domicile une lueur fanatique dans l'oeil, bombant le torse pour mieux clamer en triomphe:
- Cette fois, ça y est ! Je crois bien avoir compris un signe divin signifiant que mon art est sur le point de percer ! Fini les pâtes au quotidien, à nous la grande vie ! Chabalabalatatam Carlapatata pifpafpouf ! (c'est du parlé-en-langue et cela doit probablement signifier : « t'inquiète Seigneur, j'ai à nouveau pris des vessies pour des lanternes »)
Sans que cela ne provoque aucun émoi chez mon auditoire familial habitué aux fausses alertes. Heureusement pour moi, j'ai beaucoup d'enfants et donc toujours un cadet sensible à mon effet de scène.

Je dirais même plus
Quoi qu'il en soit, « l'anecdote des 5 pages » a sensiblement amélioré ma manière de communiquer avec Dieu et les gens. Je reste pas mal dur de la feuille, mais j'entends de mieux en mieux la musique. Mais que je sois inspiré ou non, il est un fait indéniable :
Plus on prie, plus il y a des « coïncidences ».


En bref :
Un malentendant se converti avec ma BD!!
Un tout petit échange de courrier vraiment encourageant, je vous laisse le découvrir :
http://www.auderset.com/blog/echange-fb-avec-helene

Kids game Genève
Du 18 au 20 août, je parlerais à pleins pleins d'enfants ! Je l'avais déjà fait l'année passée, c'était tellement fort en émotion de voir comment Dieu agit en eux... La plupart découvrant Dieu pour la première fois..."
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(FR) Mais allo quoi?!

Mais allo quoi ?! C’est lundi matin, et comme à mon habitude avant de me plonger dans la mêlée d’une journée de travail intense, je passe d’abord dans la quiétude de la forêt, (ils n’ont pas encore branché de fax … More… More…

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Hi Alain,

In my church we have a deaf Christian I have been helping for almost three years now.
Yesterday we were at my home with another deaf gentleman who wants to know more about Jesus. 

We explained the gospel to him in sign language but it honestly wasn’t easy to explain spiritual ideas.

I was going on about sin, repentance...

Then I went to get a little booklet that you made, it explains the gospel just with pictures.

Straightaway that spoke right to him, and he kept on asking questions as he went on in his ‘reading’.
Then, when he saw the ‘clean’ little guy and the cross covered in blood on the ground, he went, ‘Oh! The sin isn’t there any more, it’s on the cross!’ 

Little by little he really understood, and he summed it up ‘So Jesus saves us from our sin.’

He wanted to receive Jesus too, but, because of his reserve, preferred to do this on his own at home.
So we explained to him how to do it and went on to share our testimonies with him.
All of that was to encourage you and thank you for your pictures which really are tools to the glory of God.
Your little booklets speak to the deaf, and I think that they can also speak to children.


God bless, Alain!
Hélène

 

Your message is terrific!!!
What an encouragement for me and all who work with me in the studio!
Would you mind if I published your message just as it is? 

It would be such an encouragement for all those who support me too…

Alain

 

Yes, no problem, go ahead! 
Pleased that it’s an encouragement for you.

I am going to order several of those little booklets – they’re so convenient. 

Thanks for your gift

Hélène

 

A cartoon book without words

Facebook page

 

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Exchange on Facebook with Hélène

  Hi Alain, In my church we have a deaf Christian I have been helping for almost three years now. Yesterday we were at my home with another deaf gentleman who wants to know more about Jesus. We explained the … More… More…

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Leaving the house this morning, I had the impression of being entwined in an entanglement of roots of insoluble problems… I take the path which goes inside this huge temple that is the forest and which leads me to the feet of its God.
“Lord, I no longer see any way out of my situation, other than simply trusting you…”
I must have taken a different track from usual as I find myself in a wonderful meadow at the top of a verdant hill. From there, I admire in the distance the sun filtering a new day through the mists rising up from the vast fields of the valley (it’s beautiful, huh?).
It dawns on me that all around me nature is sprouting hundreds of thousands of new shoots.
A peace like the dew settles gently on me…

Good news: Peace does not depend on circumstances…

 

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The morning dew

Leaving the house this morning, I had the impression of being entwined in an entanglement of roots of insoluble problems… I take the path which goes inside this huge temple that is the forest and which leads me to the … More… More…

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Saturday 5 March 2016, somewhere on a motorway in Switzerland...

This road, rolling by in a monotonous way, is actually a really good opportunity to have a tête-à-tête with God, isn’t it? But, to tell you the truth, my prayers sometimes sound as hollow as that banal ‘How are you?’ two passers-by in a hurry to get home might exchange. 

Good grief, Alan! Get a grip of yourself, you’re talking to your Dad*, to someone you love!... 

OK, I’ll focus!

Amongst other things, we talk about my cartoon that came out 3 years ago:
When all’s said and done, I have to thank you that it didn’t do well right away...
No - seriously - Lord, cos otherwise I probably wouldn’t’ve had the time to bring out my book A date in the forest. But couldn’t you do something now?
Remember, I used to love to say that that cartoon would touch millions of people! And we’re so far away from that...’ 

*affectionate nickname for God

 

Buzzzz...
That very day, a complete stranger of Russian nationality posts one of those cartoons I was just talking about (there are five of them in all) on his Facebook page. And just a few days later, this is brought to my attention through a post on my Facebook wall...
Hey, what does this writing mean: 3.4M? That really can’t be what I think it is. My doubt is sufficiently great for me to decide to consult a specialist on the matter and I go into his private den (my teenage son’s bedroom, if you prefer)...
My Benjamin is slumped over his desk, busy doing magic things on his computer, but when I see his eyes jump out, I understand that it really is a matter of... 3.5 million views !!

 

And the story goes on !!
Following on from this phenomenon, the studio, Moondog Animation, has decided to reactivate their procedures, with the aim of producing new episodes. A crowdfunding has just been launched that you can all take part in: more information on www.willygrunch.com



To see the cartoon: https://www.facebook.com/goodfulru/videos/546783215503169/?pnref=story

My Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/A.Auderset

 

 

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A crazy thing on Facebook

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 orange godshop Autumn 2015 (3 years later) A time to harvest
I sometimes have the impression that I’m a kind of gardener here on earth, with the responsibility of growing trees directly imported from the Garden of Eden. As far as I’m concerned, they are essentially artistic. Their fruits have a taste of good humour and produce faith when we bite into them (yes, really!). I owe these wonders to Jesus, the Sun of Eden. Without a daily session sunning themselves by His side, my fruits would be seriously lacking in vitamins...
Each of them demands constant attention and grows very slowly! Take the musical orange tree, for example, it took no less than 5 years before producing its first fruit in the form of the CD Saahsal (alternative rock)! The same is true for the DVD with the sweet and sour taste of Lemon–Man-Show (The One Man Show). As for the comic book tree, it benefits from the accumulated care it has received from us, and, as a result, only takes one or two years to bear its fruit. As for the woodland fruits growing in the shade of my Appointments in the Forest (Volume 2), they will soon be ripe. 
‘Chance’ has decreed that almost all these fruits reach maturity at the same time...Not something you see every day in the workshop! 
The envoy 1
I’m already busy watering a new, still tiny, comic-book tree, when I hear the telephone ringing over my shoulder. It’s probably because I haven’t quite emerged from my drawing that I don’t put up more resistance to his strange request... At the other end of the line, a doctor suggests that I have a consultation with him so that he can speak to me about “something”. Aaargh, probably a psychiatrist looking for a hopeless case...
It’s sufficiently strange for me to have the urge to do the washing up….. (‘cos I do it while chatting to God…). I have a distinct thought which comes to me suddenly from the invisible person I’m conversing with, and which ends up whetting my curiosity….well, well, well…...you’d think that He was behind this appointment…. 
I get lots of visits at the workshop; and, my goodness, at times some of them are stranger than others …. (maybe one of my exotic plants exudes an hallucinogenic substance into the air!?) but, actually, I welcome such visits with particular attention.
The doctor, a laid-back but thoughtful person, explains to me that the Lord has commissioned him to create a group aimed at supporting my work.
Inside my head, I’m thinking: ‘Lord, so you really had heard that request after all…?!’
I had got a whole pallet of Spanish comic books reprinted, which for the moment are merely gathering dust in a corner of my workshop. (Following the episode in the Canary Islands, http://evangelicalfocus.com/magazine/795/The_Canaries_a_dream) ….and, what do you know, the doctor sets off with 300 of them under his arm with, as his first mission: making it known (!)  
The envoy 2
A few days later, I’m just wondering how I’m going to cope with the imminent bumper crops, when one of my friends and counsellors turns up at the studio.
‘Alain, d’you remember your Comic Book Without Words? Why hasn’t it come out? I think that something needs to be done about it, so I’ve consulted two other friends (one of them being the doctor!) and between us we have decided to finance the printing. Here’s the money for a first edition (of 5,000 copies)...
‘Lord….seriously ? Now ?!’
 
A time for responses
So, in the end, I was present at the birth of that Comic Book Without Words*, as well as of the Auderset support group, whose principle mission, for the moment, is to help me distribute the former. 
Following this (the telephone often rings right into my flat), I have had numerous requests that are out of the ordinary. Here’s one particularly meaningful one: 
‘Hallo Alain, we need your help! We’d like to reach the prostitutes in my town with the message of Christ’s love, but unfortunately, they all speak a multitude of very different foreign languages, couldn’t you produce a comic book without words?
‘Man, that’s crazy! It’s only just come out...!!’
How heart-warming to see that everything had been planned in advance like that, and that, at last, I’m participating in a project which is so much bigger than I am, in every way... So the silence of all those years wasn’t a question of falling behind or of failure, but a question of seasons.
Only the Master of Time really knows them, whether for our lives or for our projects. Whatever happens, let’s remain confident in this invisible hand into which we have placed them. Some days later, the Comic Book Without Words set off to a similar charity, working amongst prostitutes in Geneva (without any consultation with the first charity)...
The book has also been ordered to be used in a prison setting, as well as for other fantastic projects….. 
The story continues
It’s only taken three weeks to run completely out of stock, but thanks to a new gift, we’ve been able to print another 7,500 copies (with Biblical references translated into 4 languages). Recently, a special edition has been ordered by a Swiss mission. The echoes of people touched by this funny little book are beginning to reach my ears... I’ll probably have the opportunity to talk to you about them another time. 
In the iTunes store, iBook, etc.
Another fantastic thing: My comic book Conventional Wisdom (as well as RobiMarcel and Willy Grunch) is now available in a digital version in French, English, German and Spanish. 
With Saahsal, (www.saahsal.com) the music group, we’re playing more and more often in real hotspots of rock... May your thoughts towards us be as fertiliser for our creativity!
*to see Comic book without words for yourself, follow the link: www.auderset.com/bd-sans-parole
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The Master of the Seasons – Part 4

  Autumn 2015 (3 years later) A time to harvest I sometimes have the impression that I’m a kind of gardener here on earth, with the responsibility of growing trees directly imported from the Garden of Eden. As far as I’m … More… More…

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