If there’s one person responsible for the influx of high-quality European comics here in the states (Get a Life, Mister I, Epileptic), it’s Bart Beaty. His Euro-Comics for Beginners column in The Comics Journal back in the 90s introduced a whole slew of eager readers like myself to the work of folks like Joan Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, David B and on and on.
Seriously, go check it out. Beaty’s one of the best comic critics around. He writes in a breezy, informal, but knowledgable style that makes you want to track down these books, even if it means you’ll need a French/English dictionary to read the blessed things.