Park Bench

Episode 31

Join Dennis, Johnny, and Frances in this episode of Graphic Novel Explorers Club as they discuss Park Bench by writer and artist Christophe Chabouté. Park Bench is the story of a community going about its life while a simple, common park bench is the hub for all of the characters to live their lives.

In this episode the gang discusses Chabouté’s ability to tell a beautiful and emotional story without using any character dialogue; if there is or is not a French custom or law that requires one man to give another man his fishing rod based on penis size; why druggies ending up with “the bench” is more heartbreaking than one half of an elderly couple dying; why “the party is unending” can’t last longer than “I love you”; the movement by local governments toward “defensive design“; and the storying telling and the art of Park Bench.

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Featured music:

Songe d’Automne by Latche Swing

Tonight Will Be Fine (Leonard Cohen cover) by The Walkmen