Nine-year-old Hugo spends every holiday at his grandmother’s house in the country, where he becomes fast friends with the ghost of a girl just a few years older than him.
But life’s no permanent vacation for Hugo! A translator of Russian novels, Grandma Emma only takes Hugo as a favor to “my poor, overburdened daughter,” and is determined to hang onto the peace and quiet of her country living.
And that’s one impossible mission with a 9-year-old underfoot—especially when this grandson’s only friend is technically dead, and invisible to everyone else…
Hugo’s Ghost is drawn by Maëlle Schaller and written by Emmanuel Rubini, and generally published biweekly. Maelle Schaller was educated at École Émile Cohl in Lyon, France, and lives in Switzerland, where she recently created animated segments for a utility company’s TV campaign. Maelle’s illustration work is regularly published in European magazines.
Emmanuel Rubini is the co-author of the children’s book Le premier vol de Nanouka, published by École des Loisirs in France.
As an homage to the genius of Bill Watterson, the authors chose to launch Hugo’s Ghost exactly 20 years to the day since Calvin and Hobbes' final strip.
A preoccupied old lady, a prickly little boy and an ironic ghost girl—these are the only characters in this comic strip. (If you don’t count the rabbits, that is!) These unlikely heroes are as different as can be, but alike in their desire to change: Emma frets that she should be firmer, Hugo yearns to pull off grand schemes, and Ika wouldn’t mind being a little less jaded. Thrown together and drawn together, this trio is about to bring a bit of la différence to your day.