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Papa Bear Awards 2015: Best short general story by The-French-Belphegor
Papa Bear Awards 2015: Best short general story
The Papa Bear Awards is an annual Hogan's Heroes fanfiction "ceremony" (think Oscars) where readers and writers nominate and vote for their favourite stories finished sometime between January 1st and December 31st of the past year. Categories include snapshots (>1000 words), comedy, general, drama (long and short), slash, "most unique", based on a challenge and on an episode, portrayals of characters (canon, extras, OCs), and best story overall, with gold, silver and bronze prizes.

In 2015 I took on the task of making the prizes for that year's winning stories. Most of the drawings don't match the stories (I did one drawing per winning story in the snapshots, character portrayals and "best of 2014" categories).

So here's the first! Kenneth Washington (Baker) replaced Ivan Dixon (Kinch) in the last season, but in my main HH headcanon they’re both in Barracks 2 at the same time, taking turns at the radio. I love the idea of the two of them bonding over tech. So here’s LeBeau, Baker and Kinch just chilling in a spring sunrise after morning roll call. Loved playing with colours here.
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Some more Little World doodles - Don Camillo by The-French-Belphegor
Some more Little World doodles - Don Camillo

Il n'y a pas très longtemps (c'te blague - deux ou trois mois, quoi) j'ai repris mon crayon avec l'intention vague de croquer mes personnages préférés... et quelqu'un (*gros zyeux*) s'est accaparé la page entière. J'avais aussi l'intention (vague) de le dessiner avec son chapeau et son demi-cigare, mais mon stylo n'a pas voulu. Voilà pourquoi Peppone a eu droit à sa propre page plus tard =P

En fait, don Camillo peut être assez diabolique, voire même suffisant sur les bords, sans compter le fait qu'il ment comme un arracheur de dents (même au Jésus crucifié qui lui parle, ce qui est quand même assez futile, à la base) s'il pense que c'est pour la bonne cause ; mais derrière son côté soupe au lait il a un cœur de la taille d'un continent de belle taille, et de temps en temps, ça se voit comme le nez au milieu de la figure.

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I recently took up my pen again and doodled with the vague intention of drawing my favourite characters… and someone (*glares*) commandeered the entire page. Sigh. I also had the vague intention to try drawing him with his hat and his half-cigar, but my pen wouldn’t agree. Which is why Peppone later got his own page =P

You know, Don Camillo can be devilishly devious and smug as all get-out, and lie egregiously through his teeth (even to the crucified Christ who talks to him, which is frankly an exercise in futility - not that it ever stops him) if he thinks it’s for a good cause. But behind his short temper he has a heart the size of a small continent, and every now and then it shows, plain as day.

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Some more Little World doodles - Peppone by The-French-Belphegor
Some more Little World doodles - Peppone
Le syndrome "je prends une feuille et je la couvre de griffouilles" a encore frappé ! OK, je triche un peu, je publie celle-là en premier même si c'est la deuxième que j'ai terminée. Mais la dernière fois j'ai commencé par don Camillo, alors là je commence par Peppone pour changer.

Je ne sais pas trop pourquoi, mais j'ai toujours un peu plus de mal à dessiner Peppone (sans parler de l'encrage - il faut vraiment que je bosse dessus) que son vieil ami/ennemi. Ca doit être la moustache, il faut adapter l'expression pour qu'elle se voie. Remarque, je ne sais pas si Giovannino Guareschi avait en tête un Peppone moustachu avant les films (mention est faite d'une moustache dans une histoire ou deux, mais je ne me souviens pas de la chronologie), mais maintenant il m'est complètement impossible d'imaginer un Peppone sans moustache, grand foulard rouge autour du cou, et les yeux qui brillent :D
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Well, again with the taking a sheet of paper and covering it with doodles! I'm cheating a bit and publishing this one first even though it's the second I completed. But last time I started with Don Camillo, so now I'm starting with Peppone for a change.

For some reason I find Peppone a little harder to draw (and ink! Hooboy I need to work on my spot blacks) than his old frenemy. Must be the moustache - you have to work the expression around it. Come to think of it, I wonder if Giovannino Guareschi’s mental image of Peppone had a moustache before the films (there is definitely a mention or two, but I don’t remember when, chronologically speaking), but now it’s completely impossible for me to picture Peppone without a moustache, a big red kerchief around his neck, and a gleam in his eye ;)
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Let it gooooo by The-French-Belphegor
Let it gooooo

So I finally saw Frozen. Nice film, probably not one of Disney’s greatest of all time, but it was nice and I really liked the characters, especially those two. (And yeah, I’m going to have that song in my head till the end of time. Don’t really mind, though.)

Didn’t use a reference for the line art except the memories of the film, but Anna being a little rounder-faced and Elsa leaner is a deliberate choice. I mean, come on, they’re very pretty, but it would have been so much better if they hadn’t had the same basic structure Shrug 

(Pencils then GIMP)

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A stone house on fire - black and white by The-French-Belphegor
A stone house on fire - black and white
(...) Don Camillo alla s’agenouiller devant le Christ de l’autel.
— Je vous remercie, dit-il, je vous remercie de nous avoir crié « halte ! » Sans vous les choses se seraient gâtées.
— Mais non, répondit en souriant le Christ ; sachant à quoi tu t’exposais, tu n’aurais pas avancé davantage au risque de te suicider ; tu serais de toi-même revenu sur tes pas, don Camillo.
— Je sais bien, mais il ne faut pas trop se fier à sa propre conscience ; quelquefois l’orgueil nous perd !
  (Giovannino Guareschi, “Incendio doloso”/”Incendie provoqué”)

Tout le monde sait/se doute que Peppone et ses hommes ont gardé des armes du temps où ils étaient partisans (ce qui remonte à un an à peine dans cette histoire-là). On ne sait jamais, ça peut servir pour le grand soir. Mais personne ne sait avec certitude combien de "souvenirs" de ce genre don Camillo a gardé... Ils s'accordent à dire qu'il y a au moins un mortier de .81 (un mini canon, quoi), sans compter bien sûr son fusil de chasse et son vieux fusil M91 de la Première guerre mondiale. Remarque, vu l'atmosphère dans l'Emilie-Romagne de 1946 à 1948 (environ), il y en a à qui il vaut mieux rappeler l'existence de cet arsenal de temps en temps...

J'essaierai de le coloriser bientôt !
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(...) Don Camillo went to kneel in front of the Christ on the main altar.
"I thank you," he said, "for making us stop! If you hadn't shouted "Halt" when you did, we would have been in a lot of trouble."
"No you wouldn't," replied Christ, smiling. "You knew where you were going; walking on would have been suicide for you and you would have gone back anyway, Don Camillo."
"I know, but one can't rely too much on one's self-confidence. Sometimes pride ruins us."
(Giovannino Guareschi, “Incendio doloso”/”Arson” - kind of a spoilery title, eh?)

Everybody knows that Peppone and his men kept a few well-furnished weapons caches from when they were partisans (which, in this particular story, means little more than a year ago). You never know what you’re going to need when the proletarian revolution comes. But nobody knows exactly how many “souvenirs” Don Camillo kept... They all agree on at least a .81 mortar (so basically a small cannon), not counting of course his hunting rifle and his old M91 gun from World War One. Then again, considering the atmosphere in Emilia-Romagna in 1946-1948, it’s probably not a bad thing to remind some people that he has that arsenal from time to time...

I’ll try to have this coloured soon! 
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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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Myrling Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
    Party :party: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELPH!PARTY HARD
                     Have a wonderful 5th of may. :heart:
               I hope your gifts are as cool as yourself
                  Now let's celebrate! Hip hip HOORAY!

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The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you so much!! Look at those adorable turtles (and ratdad) :D I did get very cool gifts (to me, anyway), including the latest comic book in a series about the Baker Street Irregulars and an edible herbal/fruit tea :) Thank you for the lovely message!
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Maffy-love Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Joyeux anniversaire !!!! :D
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The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Merci beaucoup !! :aww:
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
BON ANNIVERSAIRE!!! Je te souhaite une magnifique journée pleine de surprises!!
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The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, merci !!! Dance! Ca fait super plaisir !!
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
J'espère que tu as eu une belle journée et que tu as été gâtée :)
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The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Plutôt, oui ! Ca fait toujours plaisir de fêter ça en famille (surtout quand c'est le petit neveu de 2 ans qui te souhaite bon anniversaire) :aww: 
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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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