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Whereas in english speaking countries comics are for children or adults who should know better in france and belgium the form is recognized as the ninth art and follows in the path of poetry architecture painting and cinema the bande dessine comic strip has its own national institutions regularly obtains front page coverage and has received the accolades of statesmen from . french studies comics in french is written in a friendly engaging style grove patiently explains and justifies his largely chronological historical approach at each step of the way discussing its pros and cons the book covers a vast number of text image and is a valuable and very readable new contribution to bande dessin . Laurence groves book comics in french the european bande dessine in context is a dense historical and cultural study of french comics known as bandes dessines or bd this book is a valuable resource for future research and reference however despite its impressive content there are some problems related to the books logistic flow. Laurence grove is the author of comics in french 400 avg rating 2 ratings 1 review published 2010 text image mosaics in french culture 300 avg r. Karen seago reviews laurence groves comics in french the european bande dessine in context berghahn 2010 2013 seago thinks of the book as a handbook or almost as an encyclopaedic introduction to be consulted in small parts as and when needed