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2012 Spn-J2-Xmas_Exchange - Douce France

Title: Douce France
Pairing: Dean/Castiel
Genre: AU
Rating: PG
Medium: Art
Notes: Drawn for [livejournal.com profile] doctorfunke for the prompt "Fifties au, Dean is an American expatriate and meets Castiel in France, a lot of classic romancing and traveling!"
Summary: Dean Winchester is a 22 year old American student sent to France by his parents to explore the country. After only a couple of weeks spent in the land of Camembert he falls for Castiel, an eccentric young Frenchman who is travelling south in his caravan.
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A big thank you to [livejournal.com profile] obstinatrix who took the time to beta my work!
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Comic

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If you want to download the 12 pages at once, you can do it on Mediafire HERE

- Page 1
- Page 2
- Page 3
- Page 4
- Page 5
- Page 6
- Page 7
- Page 8
- Page 9
- Page 10
- Page 11
- Page 12
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Douce France Q&A

Where does the title come from and what does it mean?

Douce France is the name of a very famous French song sung by Charles Trenet. It means "Sweet France" and was written in the 1950's.

What do the sentences in French in the comic mean?

I couldn't put asterisks everywhere to write down the translation in the comic so here are the translations:

- P.1 (Cover):
Douce France: Sweet France

- P.5:
Andouille: dumbass

- P6:
T'es vraiment qu'un con!!: you're really a jerk!!

-P.9:
Tu t'en souviens: do you remember?
Et c'est reparti: here we go again...

The Nationale 7 (National Road 7), is it that famous in France?

It is. It's the road French people used to take to go on vacations in the South during the summer vacations. It goes from Paris to Menton (a small town near Cannes, the town where there's the International Film festival). It is linked to a certain idea of nostalgia, good times spent with your family in a period that seemed easier. It has become the symbol of a certain way of life "à la française" and of the "Trente Glorieuses" (The Glorious Thirty). French singer Charles Trenet (the singer of Douce France) even sung a song about it, called Nationale 7.

Who's the guy between Cas and Dean on page 11?

Bertrand Delanoe, the Maire of Paris. One of the rare democrat Maire of the town is famous for his "Paris Plage" (a big artificial beach built in the middle of Paris for all the Parisians who can't go on vacations) and also because he's one of the only French politicians to be openly gay. The Republicans were sure Bertrand would never get elected because the French are conservative and that they wouldn't vote for a gay politician. Not only he was elected Maire of Paris twice but according to practically all the surveys, nobody gave a shit about his sexual
orientation. The French Republicans didn't understand that the only thing Parisians wanted was someone who wasn't corrupted like the preceding Maire.

So, same-sex marriage isn't legal in France?

Not yet, as I said in the disclaimer, but we are close. Well, "close"...the project will be discussed next year at the French senate, but it will be hard because some Members of Parliament and Maires (Democrats and Republicans) are against. According to them, if the project is adopted, it's the end of our civilization and family as we know it, the Cylons will attack, the zombie apocalypse will finally happen and Jensen will loose all his freckles. Long story short, the day the gays and lesbians will say "I do" is not for tomorrow in France.

Castiel, does it really sound like the name of village to you?

As a French, yes, a lot. I am not completely wrong because Castiel is the name of a village in Switzerland.

Tools of the trade

- Photoshop CS
- Painter 12
- Photography (Photo paintover on the cover and logo of Paris Match magazine, p.4)

Voilà! That's it for this year!
See you soon.
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Date: 2012-12-06 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yohkobennington.livejournal.com
I'm..losing my shit right now.
Image (http://s803.beta.photobucket.com/user/YB87/media/crazyfangirltearsGIF.gif.html)

Date: 2012-12-07 11:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
Smallworld-inc.
Killing her F-list one art at a time since 1977 xD

Glad you like it ♥

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Date: 2012-12-07 11:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
You are such an unapologetic romantic! I never realized!!
Huh...not really ^^;; In fact, I drew a happy end because it was for a Xmas exchange. If I had drawn this comic for me or for a RBB, Dean would have proposed on Castiel's grave (= Cas died before same-sex marriage becomes legal). You know me now, someone always has to die somewhere in my art xD
Thanks a lot for your kind words about my comic!
Glad you liked it so much ♥

Date: 2012-12-06 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oywidapoodles.livejournal.com
aahhhh this is so adorable!

Date: 2012-12-07 11:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
Yup, for once, it's cute: Nobody died ^^;;
Thanks a lot for your kind words about my comic!
Glad you liked it so much ♥

Date: 2012-12-06 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marie-de-sade.livejournal.com
très jolie! Castiel est adorable vieux <3<3<3

Date: 2012-12-07 11:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
J'avoue que je ne savais pas trop-trop comment le dessiner. Ce n'est pas évident de veillir un mec de 37 ans xD
Merci beaucoup pour ton commentaire très sympa sur ma BD ♥

Date: 2012-12-06 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostakasha.livejournal.com
Oh, what a delight! I loved every panel and downloaded it to save because it is just wonderful. Merci!!!

Date: 2012-12-07 11:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
Y'a pas de quoi ^^
Thanks a lot for your kind words about my Dean/Cas comic!
Glad you liked it so much ♥

Date: 2012-12-06 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darklondonsky.livejournal.com
This is so beautiful. And had me almost in tiny tears by the end, aww.

Date: 2012-12-07 11:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
I guess it's because of the wedding scene? ^o^ It's cute, I recognize <3
Thanks a lot for your kind words about my comic!
Glad you liked it so much ♥

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Date: 2012-12-06 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlostloonax.livejournal.com
C'est vraiment super de voir cette histoire et tous ces clins d'oeils biens français qui sonnent juste. Castiel et paris match par exemple XD
L'histoire est émouvante et drôle.
Aussi Sammy agé victime de nos célèbres grèves est excellent ( il a perdu le dessus de sa toison par contre ).
Beau travail =) J'ai aimé aussi le coté "vintage"



Date: 2012-12-07 11:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
Merci beaucoup ^^
Pour une fois que j'écrivais sur la France, il fallait bien que je mette des petits détails purement "de chez nous" comme Paris match et Libé sur la table du salon :)
Merci beaucoup pour ton commentaire très sympa sur ma BD!
Contente qu'elle t'ait plu ♥

Date: 2012-12-06 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bellaxcarlisle.livejournal.com
I never like AU's, so I definitely don't read them, but I also never pass up looking at your stuff when it passes my way. I enjoyed this way too much, and it was so sweet that I downloaded it. Your artwork is magnificent. You're one of those greats in the fandom that we talk about at conventions... what would we do without you? ;) (Nice dramatic work at the end with Sam too)

Date: 2012-12-07 11:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
Ha! Ha! I didn't even know people talked about me at cons ^^;;

Yes, at the end, I really wanted people to think that Sam was dead before he had the possibility to witness his brother's wedding ^^ He's alive but the poor guy missed his plane because of a strike in France. Typical :)
Thanks a lot for your kind words about my comic!
Glad you liked it so much ♥

Date: 2012-12-07 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dean-draws.livejournal.com
Absolutely gorgeous work. I am in total awe. :)

Date: 2012-12-07 11:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
It's a beautiful icon you've got there ^^
Glad you liked the comic!
Thank you very much ♥

Date: 2012-12-07 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eviljellybean88.livejournal.com
jensen will lose all his freckles?! oh noes! gay marriage can't be allowed to happen if that's the price! lol XD god, people are so stupid :/

i love eccentric frenchman cas, i want one for myself XD and old!jensen and cas! urgh, my heart, so sweet! and then old!sam and the chibis, i love it all! <3

Date: 2012-12-07 11:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
You have no idea the mess it is in France at the moment with all the talks about same-sex marriage. Everybody has an opinion about it: the church, the LGTB associations, members of parliament, even actors and unions. I hope they will legalize it quickly because honestly, I've heard enough stupidities from the anti-marriage defenders.

Don't tell me about the chibies ^^ I had more problems drawings these little chibies than drawing the other characters. I couldn't believe it! It takes me less than 10 minutes to draw Dean's face but a Chibie? IDK how long I spent trying to draw one xD

Thanks a lot for your kind words about my comic!
Glad you liked it so much ♥

Date: 2012-12-07 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bellacatbee.livejournal.com
Your art is just gorgeous.

Date: 2012-12-07 11:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
Thanks a lot for your kind words about my comic!
Glad you liked it so much ♥
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Date: 2012-12-07 12:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
J'avoue que je ne savais pas trop-trop comment dessiner Castiel vieux. Ce n'est pas évident de veillir un mec de 37 ans xD
C'est vrai, j'aimerai voir plus d'AUs qui se passent en France :)
Merci beaucoup pour ton commentaire très sympa sur ma BD ♥
Edited Date: 2012-12-07 12:26 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-12-07 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xanax-n-wine.livejournal.com
This is so gorgeus! Awesome piece and my heart is so warm right now! :)

Date: 2012-12-07 12:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
Thanks a lot for your kind words about my Dean/Cas comic!
Glad you liked it so much ♥

Date: 2012-12-07 04:22 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-12-07 12:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
Glad you liked it ^o^
Your icon is hilarious xD

Date: 2012-12-07 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] siriala.livejournal.com
Tu finis l'année en beauté ! J'aime énormément la palette de couleurs que tu as utilisée ici, et l'ensemble a un côté "feel good" et plein de soleil qui va me permettre d'oublier la neige aujourd'hui :) Pour citer quelques détails qui m'ont particulièrement marquée/plu/amusée : Cas en marcel, le "I understood that" de Dean, Dean âgé avec ses lunettes sur le bout du nez, l'apparition de Delanoë et l'expression de Cas en passant la bague au doigt de Dean, et le look de Sam (très méchant de ta part de le garder éloigné de son frère pour cette occasion très spéciale - et à propos, nous ne sommes pas toujours en grève, je dirais plutôt que ce sont toujours les mêmes qui sont en grève !)...

Maintenant gardons les doigts croisés pour que le mariage gay soit enfin légal par chez nous dans un très proche avenir, et que les discours aberrants et insultants de types qui sont censés représenter tous leurs concitoyens et pas seulement ceux qu'ils veulent bien cessent enfin, parce que je n'avais franchement pas besoin de désespérer plus encore de l'intelligence de nos hommes politiques :/ et qu'il serait vraiment, vraiment bien que nous ayons tous les mêmes droits.

Date: 2012-12-10 10:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
propos, nous ne sommes pas toujours en grève, je dirais plutôt que ce sont toujours les mêmes qui sont en grève
C'est pas faux. Je prends le train demain, je tremble rien qu'à l'idée d'une grève de dernière minute. J'en ai MARRE. Et le RER B, c'est une galère monstre -_____-

Maintenant gardons les doigts croisés pour que le mariage gay soit enfin légal par chez nous dans un très proche avenir,
Quand je vois le BAZAR monumental que c'est en ce moment dès qu'on aborde le sujet, je me demande si ça va être légalisé un jour. Très franchement, les très catholiques Espagne et Portugal ont légalisé le mariage gay et les pays ne sont pas écroulés pour autant! (enfin, si, mais à cause de la crise, pas du mariage pour tous xD ). Ça va faire comme pour tout en France: ça va passer aux forceps, les gens vont râler pendant 2 jours et après on en parlera même plus!

J'avoue que maintenant que je lis ton commentaire, je reconnais ne pas y être allée de main morte sur les clichés concernant la France. Le marcel de Cas, le vin, les grèves...Mais en même temps, c'est tellement français. Ça aurait été dommage de ne pas inclure tout ça ^^

Merci beaucoup pour ton commentaire très sympa sur ma BD ^^

Date: 2012-12-07 10:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilithrain.livejournal.com
Oh my God that is so sweet. ♥ I downloaded it and it's so gorgeous. Tweo old boys getting married at the end, that's awesome. ☺

Date: 2012-12-07 12:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
It was for a Xmas exchange so for once, I drew something cute. No deaths, no blood, nothing ^^
I'm really happy you liked it :D
Thank you very much ^^

Date: 2012-12-07 10:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] still-refrain.livejournal.com
So very beautiful. I'm not normally a Dean/Cas fan but this could convert me!

Date: 2012-12-07 12:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
If I could, I would have done a J2 version but this comic was drawn for a Xmas exchange: the person wanted a Dean/Cas art so I drew a Dean/Cas AU. :)
Thanks a lot for your kind words about my comic even if you don't ship D/C!
Glad you liked it ^^
Edited Date: 2012-12-07 12:29 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-12-07 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darkrose-9.livejournal.com
Old Sammy at the end? That was the best! (And of course your art is beautiful m'dear.)

Date: 2012-12-10 10:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
Thank you very much for your kind words about my comics ♥
Ha! Ha! Sammy at the end, I couldn't resist! xD

Date: 2012-12-07 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lalalading.livejournal.com
WOW, c'était tellement chou ! Je suis contente d'être tombée dessus sur Tumblr ! Le dessin est magnifique et l'histoire adorable. Good job, girl !

Ca m'a aussi fait tout drôle de voir la photo de Cas à Mandelieu dans l'album ! Je suis née à Cannes et j'ai toujours vécu à Mandelieu (même si je n'ai jamais eu la chance d'y croiser Cas xD) donc toute cette partie a résonné en moi d'une façon un peu particulière. Merci pour ce joli moment et bonne continuation à toi !

Date: 2012-12-10 10:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
Merci pour ton commentaire très sympa sur ma BD ^^
J'avoue que comme je parlais "voyages" dans ce comic, (et en plus, voyage dans les années 50), je ne voyais pas comment je pouvais laisser de côté la Nationale 7. C'est une telle page d'histoire dans la mémoire collective ^^
J'ai du aller à Cannes et Mandelieu une fois, j'avoue que malheureusement, je voyage assez peu en France. Je manque de temps et en plus, je n'ai pas le permis ^^;;
Merci beaucoup pour ton commentaire très gentil sur ma BD ♥

Date: 2012-12-07 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ersatz-sailor.livejournal.com
OMG THE ENDING WITH SAM!!!!!
I live in Venezuela and I went to Paris, France when I was 12(I am 23 now) and I am forever traumatized about France because of the strikes.
We have vacation tapes of me crying in front of the Louvre because it was on strike and a bunch of people were outside with signs and stuff and I WAS TWELVE AND I NEEDED TO PEE SO BADLY but I couldnt get in because of the strike!!!! hahahahha. Im on the tape crying and yelling "ARE THE FRENCH BATHROOMS ON STRIKE TOO!?" hahahaha.
Then another day we spent half the morning on buses to get to the Musée D'Orsay and when we finally arrived, the door was closed and someone printed in a hurry a sign that said that they were on strike.....
Two out of 4 days in Paris and I couldnt see two of the best museums(or PEE!) because of strikes! X'DDD

As for this absolutely wonderful comic, it was so beautiful. I love when fics make Castiel French. I dont know why but I think it suits him so well.
<3 this was really adorable. I hope France passes same-sex marriage soon, we LGBT ppl deserve to get married in the City of Love. ;D hahaha.
Thanks for drawing this lovely thing. <3

--Aleks.

Date: 2012-12-10 11:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
Oh my god, poor you!!! Your comment shouldn't have made me laugh so much ^^ Apparently your stay in France was full of adventure. Imagine what my everyday life looks like! For me, it's that kind of things all the time! There is ALWAYS someone or something on strike in my country! When it's not the Post office, it's the teachers, when it's not the teachers, it's the means of transportations ^^;;

I hope that if you come back one day, your stay will be better and that you will find a place too pee when you need to. Toilets are easier to find now than several years ago, you even have guides :D

Thank you very much for your kind words about my art ♥
Glad you liked it and that you loved my "French Castiel" :)

enchanted

Date: 2012-12-07 04:08 pm (UTC)
auroramama: (white)
From: [personal profile] auroramama
Every panel is beautiful, but I liked the last two best. Castiel laughing a silly Misha-laugh, Dean beaming and pretending to be embarrassed, and Sam explaining why he can't be there, looking very healthy and comfortable at home. (Thank you for terrifying us on page 11!)

Re: enchanted

Date: 2012-12-10 10:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
Ha! Ha! Sorry about the last panel, I couldn't help it ^^
I really wanted people to believe Sam couldn't be there because he was already dead (I am meaaaaaan ^^). I only have one regret, I should have drawn him in Florida with a kind of Hawaiian shirt ^^
Thanks a lot for your kind words about my comics ♥

Date: 2012-12-07 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deadflowers5.livejournal.com
"if the project is adopted, it's the end of our civilization and family as we know it, the Cylons will attack, the zombie apocalypse will finally happen and Jensen will loose all his freckles. " And don't forget that Britney Spears one-day-long-Vegas marriage will loose all his hollyness!!!!
Sadly the opposite is true either. My country was a fairly typical Europian countury and than some years ago the Gay Parade was attacked, and now one Member of the Parlament said, that we should start counting the Jewish people... So you know one step back... and then another one...

Date: 2012-12-10 11:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
Wow! Things in your country don't seem to be funny at all O_____o
This member of parliament is completely crazy! Is he missing "the good old days" of the 1940's or what? Maybe we should build a time machine and send him there for a while ^^;; Good god...
Thanks a lot for your kind words about my comics ♥
I love your icon, it's beautiful ^^

Date: 2012-12-07 10:26 pm (UTC)
nic: (SPN)
From: [personal profile] nic
This is so, so beautiful. I had tears at the wedding picture - because of Cas's smile, and the look on Dean's face, and it was just perfect, perfect, perfect. Two men who loved each other exchanging vows. :) :) :)

The entire thing, so pretty and I love the feel of an 'old romance tale' that it had. I don't know if I can properly explain it, the whole dream/memory feeling of it was just lovely.

Your work continues to bring me much joy!

Date: 2012-12-10 12:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
Thank you very much for your kind words about my art ♥

Don't worry, I understood what you meant by "old romance tale", that's the kind of atmosphere I wanted for this comic. The key word is "nostalgia", that's why I worked on sepia and brown tones. I'm really happy you noticed this kind of detail.
I love working on the panel with the wedding picture (even if I couldn't help laughing because I've never thought I would have to draw the Maire of Paris one day in one of my Spn comics). I love drawing gore but cute stuff is good from time to time :)

Hahahaha

Date: 2012-12-07 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] isae24.livejournal.com
Le bon pays du camembert !!!! J'adore trop fort hihi :) Beau boulot !

Re: Hahahaha

Date: 2012-12-10 10:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
C'est bien de chez nous, hein? Ben oui, ça se passe dans les années 50 donc j'y suis allée à fond sur la nostalgie ^^
Merci d'être passée Pipaule :D

Date: 2012-12-08 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cashay.livejournal.com
This was just incredibly beautiful and sweet <3 I can't stop looking at this beauty *_*

Date: 2012-12-10 10:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallworld-inc.livejournal.com
For once it was sweet: nobody died xD I'm really happy you liked the comic ^^
Thank you very much for your kind words about my Xmas exchange art ♥
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