Les Femmes en Blanc

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Women in white
(Les Femmes en Blanc)
Number of issues
32
Page count
46 pages
Publisher Dupuis
Creative team
Writers Raoul Cauvin
Colourists Leonardo
Editors Philippe Bercovici
Original publication
Published in Spirou
Issues No. 2240

Les Femmes en blanc (Women in white) is a Belgian comics humor series of 32 volumes,[1] for which the script was created by Raoul Cauvin and whose design was directed by Philippe Bercovici. Colours were done by Leonardo. The first volume was released in 1986.

Synopsis[edit]

The setting of the series is a field hospital. The series deals with the troubles of nurses in a humorous and sometimes ironic, sometimes comic fashion.

A series of short stories with a title are illustrated, and usually deal with some foible, with a medical problem or quirk. For example, in volume 29, the story A malin, malin et demi deals with a patient with nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. The nurse helps him to the bathroom and back. The toilet starts to run and the nurse calls a plumber to fix it. He discovers a bottle of booze in the tank, nearly empty. The nurse realizes that the patient is an alcoholic and has been going to the bathroom to drink and arranges to dry him out. The plumber then tells his incredulous wife at dinner.[2]

Characters[edit]

Over the volumes (whose titles contain puns), several characters appear regularly as the doctor or nurse Nathalie Minet or nurse Lisette.

Albums (Dupuis issues)[edit]

  • Les Femmes en blanc (Women in White) (1986)
  • Gaze à tous les étages (Gaze at all floors) ( 1987 )
  • Superpiquées (Super nosedives) ( 1987 )
  • Les jeunes filles opèrent (Girls operate) ( 1988 )
  • J'étais infirme hier (I was crippled yesterday) ( 1989 )
  • Gai rire à tout prix (Gay laugh at all costs) ( 1989 )
  • Pinces, sang, rires (Pliers, blood, laughter) ( 1990 )
  • Six foies neufs (Six new livers) ( 1991 )
  • Piquées de grève (Dotted strike) ( 1992 )
  • Machine à coudre (Sewing Machine) ( 1992 )
  • Sang dessus dessous (Blood-turvy[notes 1]) ( 1993 )
  • Cœur d'artiste chaud (Heart of the hot artist) ( 1994 )
  • En voie de disparition (Endangered) ( 1995 )
  • Des corps rompus (Broken Bodies) ( 1996 )
  • Avant que le cor ne m'use! (Before the horn does not wear out!) ( 1996 )
  • Elle met mal l'alèse (She puts the wrong mattress) ( 1997 )
  • Le drain sifflera trois fois (High Noon[notes 2]) ( 1998 )
  • Opération duo des nonnes (Operation two nuns) ( 1998 )
  • L'aorte sauvage (The Wild aorta) ( 1999 )
  • Je panse donc je suis (I'm dressed so I) ( 2000 )
  • Corps de garde (Body Guard) ( 2000 )
  • Délivrez-nous du mâle (Deliver us from men[notes 3]) ( 2001 )
  • Perles rares (Rare Pearls) ( 2002 )
  • Si le cœur vous en dit (If your heart says) ( 2003 )
  • Lésions étrangères (Foreign Lesions) ( 2004 )
  • Opération en bourse (Operation stock exchange) ( 2005 )
  • Viscères au poing (Viscera in hand) ( 2005 )
  • Invité donneur (Guest donor) ( 2006 )
  • Au diable la varice (To hell with the varicose) ( 2007 )
  • Overdose (Overdose) ( 2008 )
  • Rentabilité maximum (Maximum profitability) ( 2009 )
  • Le chant du panaris (The Song of paronychia[notes 4]) ( 2010 )

Translations[edit]

The series has also been published as

  • Mujeres de blanco (Spanish)
  • Vrouwen in 't Wit (Dutch)
  • Humor Rumah Sakit (Indonesian)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A play on topsy-turvy
  2. ^ A pun on the film High Noon
  3. ^ A pun on Deliver us from evil, playing on the similarities of mâle (male) and mâl (evil)
  4. ^ A pun on whitlow

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Le nouvel album" (in French). Les Femmes en Blanc. Retrieved 16 June 2010. "- Le chant du panaris - Les femmes en blanc, n°32
    Le 15 janvier 2010"
     
  2. ^ Bercovici, Philippe; Cauvin, Raoul; Léonardo (Feb 8, 2007). Au diable la varice. Les Femmes en Blanc (in French) 29. Belgium: Dupuis. pp. 32–35. ISBN 2-8001-3881-5. "Tu ne vas peut-ėtre pas me croire, mais cette apres-midi. En reparant des toilettes, J'ai diagnostiquė un malade. (You're not going perhaps not believe me, but after this afternoon. By repairing the toilets, I diagnosed a patient.)" 

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