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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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