PARIS - As we close in on the ground-breaking sale of Comics in Paris on 4 July, seven young people ranging from five to twenty-four years old choose their favourite works:

Garance, 5, Paris
"I like the glass slipper. This image captures the most important moment in Cinderella's life."

Walt Disney, Cinderella, 1950 Disney Studio.

Lucien, 10, Paris
“I laugh with this image because of its construction. The large bubble and the large Obelix being escorted by his tiny dog and little dear friend.”

René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, Astérix and the Mansions of the Gods, 1978.


Paul, 13, Paris
“All the symbols are there with the dove and the olive branch. There couldn’t be a better ambassador for peace than Tintin!”

Hergé, Tintin and Snowy Offering a Branch of Holly, circa 1960.


Leah, 16, New York
“I like this image because, although it is simple, the vibrant colours attract the eye. This image illustrates how a story can be told or how a scene can evolve by using different perspectives. I believe that this image can appeal to the imagination of both children and adults.”

Laurent de Brunhoff, Babar et ce Coquin D'Arthur, 1946.


Anne-Victoire, 19, Monaco
“I love this lot! It could also have illustrated Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness. It is dark, worrying and uncomfortable, yet fascinating because of the sensuous curves of the paint.”

Lorenzo Mattotti, drawing from Hänsel and Gretel for the Gallimard Jeunesse edition, 2009.


Chloé, 21, Paris
“As soon as I look at this cover, I feel held in a parallel world. I think that is certainly due to the deep blue, the character’s free-fall and the light from the right corner, which gives a mysterious dimension. Where is this very realistic character going to land? This reminds me of unexplored territories like Atlantis or other underwater civilizations.”

Moebius, La Déviation, 1980.


Simon, 24 years old, Brussels
“Belgian that I am, I have to confess I am proud of the Tintin saga that Hergé built in our country, I’m particularly touched by the carnet de poésie that Hergé offered to his first child love nicknamed ‘Milou,’ who gave her name to the character of the little white dog. I admire the precocity of Hergé’s drawing talent – this is the first inkling of the glorious future of the 10-year-old Georges Rémi (Hergé’s real name).

Hergé, Book of Poems, 1917.