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For decades, renowned cartoonist and illustrator Jean Jacques Sempe (b. 1932) has delighted our literary senses with his classic and witty cartoons found on the covers of The New Yorker and Paris Match. Phaidon Press is proud to present the first English translated publication of his book Mixed Messages, one of four witty and beautifully illustrated collections from this notorious and widely adored cartoonist. Here, Sempe turns his attention to the trappings of modern life, from cell phones to designer water, and revisits some of his favorite subjects, such as struggling artists, aloof psychiatrists and unhappy couples. Whether he is poking fun at the urbane patrons of fashionable restaurants or the inhabitants of the bucolic countryside, Sempe treats his subjects with equal amounts of insight and affection. Mixed Messages includes more than 100 illustrations, both pen and ink, with captions translated by Anthea Bell. Professionals, cartoon connoisseurs, Francophiles, children, and adults of any age will fall in love with these charming books.