The Battle of the Somme began 100 years ago today. About a million soldiers were killed before it was done. Different countries have taken different leasons from it. In Canada we resolved that we would never again take orders from British officers, though we did, and do. Ulstermen took the opposite leason: Britain could now never abandon Northern Ireland. Philippe Delestre makes a point about the purpose of the European Union. We tend to think of the EU in terms of its relationship with outside threats, but at its most fundamental level it's there to protect European youth from European politicians.
Hunt around the internet a little bit and you can find R. Crumb's take on Bécassine. Let's just say he goes the full French maid route. Crumb's female figures are centaurs: the upper body of a woman rests on the lower body of a much, much larger woman.
Wakako-Zake is a food manga by Chie Shinkyu. There's not much plot or characterization, but that's made up for by a lot of eating and drinking. It's a much simpler concept than Oishinbo. Nobody's lecturing or crusading for industrial standards here, just Wakako thinking about what she likes about the meal and then letting out a long breath of satisfaction. The manga has been made into an anime and, as you can see, a live drama. Read a review.