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The bell by The-French-Belphegor
The bell
Dans le 4ème film (le dernier dans l'ordre chronologique, d'ailleurs), un des jeunes communistes du village est tué lors d'une manifestation en ville qui a très mal tourné. En temps que chef des communistes et ancien maire (vu qu'il est sénateur, maintenant), mais aussi en temps que père de famille, Peppone prend la chose très à cœur, et organise un enterrement civil avec une "cloche du peuple" qu'ils ont acheté pour l'occasion. Comme le jeune homme était communiste et donc excommunié, il est hors de question de faire des funérailles religieuses, et d'ailleurs don Camillo a barricadé la porte et mis les cordes des cloches hors de portée dès qu'il a entendu les gars de Peppone parler de réquisition.

Donc le cortège funèbre arrive sur la place du village, et la "cloche civile" sonne le glas (et vu qu'elle est fendue, le son est grêle et ça fait vraiment triste. Parmi ceux qui portent le cercueil, il y a Peppone, qui retient ses larmes comme il peut, et qui pense que dans la boîte il y a un gamin de 20 ans qui avait toute sa vie devant lui... Et puis il entend la cloche de l'église qui sonne le glas en se calant sur la "cloche civile". Parce que le gamin avant demandé une cloche dans un dernier souffle et que don Camillo a toujours pensé que les principes l'emportaient toujours sur les règles.

Peppone est toujours secoué et il a les yeux pleins de larmes, mais à un moment il lève la tête, regarde son vieil ennemi/ami et il a un sourire qui m'a brisé le cœur.

Et je devais absolument rendre justice à ce moment-là.
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In the fourth movie, one of the village's young Communists is killed during a protest gone badly wrong in another city. As the former mayor (he's a senator now) and the communist leader, but also and a father of six children, Peppone is affected pretty badly, and organises a civil funeral (with a “people's bell” they ordered for the occasion). Now, since the young man was excommunicated, a church funeral is out of the question, and Don Camillo secured away the ropes and barricaded the church tower as soon as Peppone’s men started talking about commandeering the bells anyway.

So the cortège walks into the main square, with the “civil bell” (which is cracked) sounding the death knell. Peppone's among the pallbearers, fighting off tears as best he can, which is not saying much, acutely aware that he's carrying the body of a 20 year old kid who had his whole life ahead of him... And then he hears the church bells toll the death knell in time with the “civil bell”. (Because the lad had asked for bells and Don Camillo’s always been a “screw the rules, I have principles” kind of guy.)

Peppone is still shaken and his eyes are still full of tears, but there’s this moment when he looks up at his old frenemy and smiles.

And I had to try and do justice to that moment.
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Honey from Marxist bees by The-French-Belphegor
Honey from Marxist bees
"Qu'est-ce que tu leur donnes, à tes abeilles, l'hiver, pour les nourrir ? Les œuvres de Karl Marx ?"
"Cet hiver, j'ai pas besoin de les nourrir. Je leur ai répété votre dernier sermon. Depuis, elles dorment."


A un moment dans le deuxième film (sans doute mon préféré), don Camillo est cloué au pieu avec une bonne grosse fièvre, alors naturellement Peppone passe le voir avec une infusion bien chaude et un pot de miel de ses abeilles, les dernières nouvelles, et une faveur à lui demander. Le dialogue, mi-figue mi-raisin, est tiré tout droit du film. Ces deux-là, alors... Roll Eyes 
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“What did you feed your bees this winter, anyway? The works of Karl Marx?”
“I didn’t even need to feed them all winter. I just repeated your last sermon, and then - wham. They slept.”

At some point in the second movie (which is probably my favourite), Don Camillo is laid up with a fever, so naturally Peppone stops by with hot tea and honey from his own bees (and a favour he needs), and gives him the latest news from the village. The dialogue is straight from the film, too, gentle snark and all.

Those two, I swear Roll Eyes 

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To the same tree by The-French-Belphegor
To the same tree

"Vous n'aurez même pas d'égard pour un vieux camarade ?
- Que si ! ricana Peppone, nous vous laisserons choisir l'endroit où vous serez pendu."
Don Camillo eut une ombre de sourire:
"Je le sais d'avance, camarade : près de toi..." (
Don Camillo en Russie)

C'est la première fois que je les dessine avec leurs cigares toscans habituels (on dirait que Don Camillo ne fume que des demi-cigares, mais il doit quand même il y avoir un moment où ils sont entiers =P). J'ai un peu raté la forme, normalement ça fait moins barreau de chaise que ça...

Malgré toutes les fois où ils se promettre de voir/faire pendre l'autre (pour "le grand soir", ou "quand on se débarrassera de vous"), aucun ne pourrait vivre sans l'autre. Et ça, les deux le savent ;)

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“We’ll let you choose the place where you are to be hanged,” jeered Peppone.
“I can tell you that right now,” retorted Don Camillo. “Right beside you!” (from
Comrade Don Camillo)

First time I’ve drawn those two smoking their usual Toscano cigars (Don Camillo only ever seems to smoke cigar butts, but they probably start as cigars =P). Botched the shape a little, too. Ah well. Anyway, I think this is the first time in ages I’ve tried to draw people over the age of 50/60 years old after having drawn them a little younger. Interesting challenge. Wonder if I should colour it?

Y'know, for all that those two often promise that the other will be hanged “when we take over”/“when we get rid of you lot”, they couldn’t live without one another. And they know it ;)
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Don Camillo e Peppone by The-French-Belphegor
Don Camillo e Peppone
Je cherche toujours leurs têtes à la pointe du crayon, à ces deux-là, mais je crois que je les ai trouvés :) J'ai dessiné Peppone avec en tête l'histoire "A Poacher's Penance" (je ne sais pas comment elle s'intitule en français ni en italien), mais dire pourquoi il fait cette tête-là serait divulgâcher, comme le disent si joliment les Québécois ;)

Still looking for those guys' faces with my pencils, but I think I found them with these drawings :D I drew Peppone thinking about "A Poacher's Penance", but I'm not saying why he has that second expression. Spoilers ;)
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Little world stories by The-French-Belphegor
Little world stories

L'autre jour j'ai attrapé un crayon et commencé à faire des petits dessins basés sur certaines de mes nouvelles de Don Camillo préférées... Et petit à petit c'est plus devenu des mini-illustrations ? Enfin bref, je les ai colorées avec GIMP en essayant (wow) de bosser les arrière-plans.

  • “Péché confessé” est la première nouvelle de Don Camillo écrite par Giovannino Guareschi. Parfait pour présenter le petit monde et ses personnages. Et pour démontrer qu'on peut bien résoudre des problèmes avec un coup de pied au cul :D
  • “La défaite” - ça, pour savoir qui gagne et qui perd, voyez le premier livre/ film. De toute façon ils ont tous les deux soudoyé l'arbitre alors
  • “The Whistle” - "le sifflement", que ne j'ai trouvé qu'en anglais, est l'une des histoires les plus tristes des livres. Malheureusement la perspective et moi ça fait deux, alors la tombe est trop petite pour un enfant de 13 ans...
  • Au contraire, je n'ai trouvé “Automne” nulle part ailleurs que dans ma version française du premier livre - cette nouvelle n'est même pas dans la version italienne (sans doute dans un autre livre). Enfin bref, c'est une histoire courte mais poignante sur la Première Guerre Mondiale, les médailles et les commémorations. J'adore quand ces deux-là baissent les armes et parlent à cœur ouvert.
  • “The Best Medicine” ("le meilleur remède", encore une fois seulement en anglais) montre que la goutte d'eau qui fait déborder le vase peut aussi l'envoyer à l'hosto à l'occasion à cause d'une broutille. À un moment donné, don Camillo (qui peine à se remettre d'une attaque) demande à Peppone (en le culpabilisant un peu, vu que c'est un peu sa faute à la base) de lui amener en douce de la "vraie" nourriture. Peppone lui apporte du pain, du salami et une bouteille de Lambrusco, et avec un souffle de bon air du Bas-pays ; ce qui fait que son meilleur ennemi est assez vite remis sur pied, for le meilleur et pour le pire :aww:

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So I grabbed a pencil and an A4 paper and started doodling stuff from some of my favourite Don Camillo stories… Somewhere along the way the doodles turned less doodly and slightly more realistic? Anyway, I thought I’d try to colour them and (gasp) try to draw backgrounds.

  • “A Confession” is the very first Don Camillo story Giovannino Guareschi wrote. Great introduction to the characters and their little world. And yes, in that case everything can be solved by a kick in the arse :D
  • “The Defeat” - heh. Wouldn’t you like to know who won and who lost ;o) They both bribed the referee anyway
  • “The Whistle” is one of the saddest stories in all the books. Seriously. It’s got its own entry on the TV Tropes Tear-Jerker page for the series. Since I suck at perspective and three-dimensional drawing, the grave is much too small for a 13-year-old…
  • I couldn’t find “Autumn” anywhere but in my French copy of the first book - it’s not even in the Italian version (must be in some other book?). Anyway, it’s a short but great story about WW1, medals and commemorations. I love when those two lay down their arms and just talk.
  • “The Best Medicine” is about the straw that can break the camel’s back and send him to the hospital over what seems to be a trifle. At some point a seriously unwell Don Camillo half-asks half-guilt trips Peppone into sneaking some proper food (the titular “best medicine”, I guess) into the hospital. Peppone brings bread, salami and Lambrusco, and with it a breath of air from their sweet valley and a taste of home, and soon enough his best enemy is back, for better and for worse ;)
Still gotta work on that perspective thing…
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And now for something completely different

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 20, 2012, 4:56 AM


There can never be too many nods and winks to the Monty Python on the Internet. Just sayin'.

As it turns out (and as witnessed by my suddenly better stocked "Fics and snapshots" folder), my spark for writing made a surprise return at the end of last year; since then I've been writing frantically in case it's temporary and goes away again (lately I've been slowing down and consequently been afraid that the urge to write was getting diluted into other interests/fandoms... typical).

Two things have really been a big encouragement, though: the fact that I now know that I can actually complete a chaptered story (that had never happened before!), and the Papa Bear Awards. Every year, readers/writers of Hogan's Heroes fanfiction hold an election for the best HH fanfiction in the past year, and I'm still reeling (in a very good way!) from the fact that people actually nominated, then voted for my story, Soul Food. I won Bronze for "Best Story of 2011" (!!!),  Silver for "Best Long Comedy" and "Most Unique Story", and Gold (!!!!!!) for Best Portrayal of a Canon Character (LeBeau, and I'm told Schultz - the other character I was nominated for in this category - actually made fourth place!). I mean, wow. I still can't believe it. It's a bit daunting, too, because now I'm afraid the stories I have cooking (in plot bunny form, or the ones I actually got started on) won't be that good... Which goes to show that sometimes you just have to switch off your self-doubt and questioning and just write the darn thing. We'll see where it goes from here :)

In other less cheerful, Real Life-related news, I'm still on the dole, because librarian jobs are hard to come by where I live... Technically, it should mean more time to write/doodle, but somehow, it doesn't much. I'll have to kick myself in the rear to get at least this kind of activity going. It doesn't bring bread on the table, but it's something that makes me happy. I guess it's important. And who knows? Maybe some day I'll be able to write something original. A girl can dream :lol:

Checked into the Pottermore thing (I still like "Belphegor" better than "FlameScarlet5995", but we're not allowed to choose our own names) and it's a lot of fun - except I'm stuck at the end of Philosopher's Stone and I have no idea 1) if the "Chamber of Secrets" part is accessible yet, and/or 2) how to access it. Little help?

That's all (for now), folks :)

Skin by Shinji-bpm
  • Listening to: Firefly soundtrack
  • Reading: fanfiction on my Kindle! Yay!
  • Watching: The Muppets
  • Playing: Ode to Joy on my ukulele
  • Eating: Leftover Easter chocolate
  • Drinking: Orange juice

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The-French-Belphegor
Pantxika Passicot
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I'm a 30-something French girl who lives in the South West of France, doodles a lot and likes to sing in her shower. Hi there :)

I mostly do fanart, although every once in a while I'll get a picture in my head that hasn't got anything to do with fandoms. Please don't repost my art or save it elsewhere without my permission. My art Tumblr is the-french-belphegor dot tumblr dot com; I usually post more art there than on DA. Can't wait to see you around!

Feel free to peek around my little gallery, and don't forget to leave a comment if you liked or didn't like something to tell me why :)
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MountainLygon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
What should we do for Hogan's Heroes' 50th anniversary, coming up in September? I think it would be cool if whatever we did, we let Robert Clary and Kenneth Washington know about it. Maybe Nita Talbot, too.
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The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a great idea, but I must admit I have no idea what :| (Blank Stare) Maybe compile together our favourite fanfics (they'd have to be one-shots, though) and fanarts, make a book out of it (which we wouldn't sell to anyone - or maybe send the link to people who'd want to buy it but make it private in the settings? I know lulu.com does something like that), and send it to Robert Clary, Kenneth Washington and Nita Talbot. There's have to be good LeBeau, Baker and Marya stuff among the stories, but that's easy to find :) We could also collectively write a foreword or a note telling them what Hogan's Heroes mean to us, and how much we enjoy reading and writing stories based on these characters they incarnated 50 years ago.

What do you think?
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MountainLygon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That's not a bad idea. It might take some work to find their mailing addresses. Robert Clary's website isn't current, but as far as I know, his nephew's email is.
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Jaboon Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday! Happy Birthday Grin 
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The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! :party:
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KimberlyGB Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Happy B-Day girl!! :hug:
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The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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Felhesznelenev Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :cake::party:
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The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thanks a lot! :dance:
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Knight-Watcher Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually saw Je Suis Charlie painted onto a brick wall recently.
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