A "jabot" is a sort of cravate. Mr Jabot, you appreciate, is extremely vain... (he was translated in english as Mr Beau Ogleby)
I'm afraid that most of this chapter is in French, but there are pictures... And
I shall now explain briefly what this chapter contains, so that you will know -
to some extent - what it is about.
Comics were not born in the USA in 1896 with the Yellow Kid. Here in France, we know, from our grandfathers and great-grandfathers, that comics already existed during the nineteenth century. The first comic-artist was the Swiss Rodolphe Töpffer; the first comic was Histoire de Mr Jabot (The Story of Mr Jabot), published in 1833. If you want to see Mr Jabot, you will find him just to the left and there are several other pages to look at as well.
There are also pages about the "descendants" of Töpffer. First of all the German Wilhelm Busch, who created many of the first mute comics. Also the French artist Nadar, author of the first political strip, Gustave Doré a very great illustrator who began by illustrating comic-strips, Caran d'Ache a great author who dreamt of producing to make an entire "graphic novel" without a word of text (see our page in english, you will find an extraordinary letter of 1894!). Also a hitherto unknown work, M. Trouillard (by G. Droz), that has only recently come to light.
And this is just the beginning. There are many more things to be said and shown about the ninetenth century European comic-strip.
P.-S.: 2001 revelations :