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Thomas Desaulniers Brousseau
Simon Leclerc

  • Original Title: IDLE DAYS
  • Publication date: August 2018
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Country: CA
  • 272 print pages
  • Drama


  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century, World War II
  • Location setting: Canada
  • Themes: FAMILY, Intergenerational, PEOPLE facing life, Identity crisis, Family secrets, Filiation, Life change, Looking back on one's life, Death, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, War and other conflicts


The story of a WWII deserter who escapes the law in the Canadian wilderness and gradually begins to drift from humanity.


The two authors were initially pitching the project to French publishers, but then the publisher First Second contacted Simon, and they translated everything in a rush.

Writer Brousseau helms the webcomic "Boire du mercure" while Leclerc is a storyboard/concept artist for many a secret video game. Judging by the sunrise-colored sample pages below,IDLE DAYS will ooze atmosphere and texture with a scratchy, densely-detailed style reminiscent of Dave McKean’s and Bill Sienkiewicz’ work.


Depressed and unmoored by his father's violent death, and drafted into the Canadian military to serve in World War II, Jerome has fled, taking refuge in a cabin his grandfather owns in a remote part of the countryside.

But Jerome's troubles are only beginning. A strange dread fills the woods, and rumors of murders and ghosts cast his refuge in a sinister light. As Jerome struggles to come to terms with his father's death, he obsessively seeks to uncover the mystery of what, exactly, happened in his grandfather's house.

Simon Leclerc's haunting, expressionistic artwork brings to life a quiet, layered, and deeply literary story from writer Thomas Desaulniers-Brousseau, in a graphic novel that explores with tenderness and insight the wounds opened with the loss of a loved one.

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  • Author’s biography

    Thomas Desaulniers-Brousseau was born in the Montréal suburb of Chambly. From 2012 to 2014, he drew and cowrote the webcomic Boire du mercure. His short stories have been long-listed in national contests. IDLE DAYS is his first published work.

    Simon Leclerc is a 26-year-old illustrator from Montréal. He studied animation in Montréal, then moved to California to pursue animation studies at Calarts. He draws, storyboards, animates, and art directs on various projects like video games, movies, advertisements, and books, including IDLE DAYS.