French illustrators in New York!

October 2, 2016 | By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

The French Comics Framed Festival started this week, with 19 exciting graphic novelists crossing the Atlantic to present their works!

Look out for the booth #1558 at New York Comic Con, and for our panels all over the city.

New York-based Pénélope Bagieu's hit graphic novels include Exquisite Corpse (First Second Books, 2015). Her illustrations appear in numerous French and foreign publications. First Second Books will release her graphic biography of Cass Elliot, California Dreamin’ in the U.S. in 2017.

Olivier Balez has worked with Pierre Christin on the acclaimed graphic novel about New York’s master builder Robert Moses (Nobrow, 2014). He also wrote and illustrated La Cordée du Mont Rose (XXI, Les Arènes, 2011) and has illustrated for Le Monde for over a decade.

Alessandro Barbucci is the co-creator, with Barbara Canepa, of the internationally acclaimed sci-fi saga Sky Doll, and the W.I.T.C.H. series for young readers. Barbucci has designed characters for Disney. Titan released Sky Doll: Decade in the U.S. in March.

François Boucq is known for his Jérôme Moucherot comics, Westerns and literary adaptations. He received the Angoulême Comics Festival Grand Prix for his extensive body of work. With novelist Jerome Charyn, he has recently released Little Tulip (Dover Graphic Novels, 2016).

In addition to three successful French comics series, Stéphane Créty has illustrated for Marvel’s Star Wars series and released the fi rst volume of his and Serge Lehman’s superhero-noir Masked in the U.S. (Titan, 2015). Titan will publish the series’ next volumes in 2017.

Etienne Davodeau's graphic novel The Initiates (NBM) received praise from Publishers Weekly and was nominated for a Slate/Center for Cartoon Studies prize. Lulu Anew (NBM), recipient of the Angoulême Festival “Essential” prize, was adapted into a fi lm in 2013. NBM will release Le Chien qui louche in the U.S. in 2017.

Arthur De Pins' series include Péchés Mignons and Zombillenium (NBM, 2014-16), which he is adapting into a feature fi lm. His animal fable The March of the Crabs (BOOM! Studios, 2016) was shortlisted for a 2016 Eisner Award and his animated short fi lm The Crab Revolution received international praise.

Jacques Ferrandez debuted the acclaimed Carnets d’Orient, a graphic epic on the French occupation of Algeria, in 1987. He has adapted Camus’s The Host and The Stranger (Pegasus Books, August 2016) and exhibited his work at Paris’s Hôtel des Invalides for the 50th anniversary of the end of the Algerian War.

Asaf Hanuka is the creator of the autobiographical comics The Realist (Archaia, 2015), which won a 2016 Eisner Award. He was nominated for Ignatz and Eisner awards for the Bipolar series co-created with his brother Tomer and contributed to the Oscar-nominated Waltz with Bashir. With Tomer and Boaz Lavie, he released The Divine (First Second Books, 2015).

On Tour | Kerascoët are Marie Pommepuy and Sébastien Cosset, recipients of Ignatz and Eisner nominations for the graphic novels Beauty (NBM, 2014) and Beautiful Darkness (Drawn & Quarterly, 2014), respectively. Enchanted Lions Books releases their children’s book Paul & Antoinette in the U.S. in September. Kerascoët are programmed in the bookfairs “Micexpo” in Boston (Oct. 29-30), and “Short Run” in Seattle (Nov. 5).

Comic book writer Matz' s (Alexis Nolent) work includes The Killer, which was optioned by Netfl ix. He adapted The Black Dahlia into graphic form with director David Fincher and Miles Hyman and created Bullet To The Head with Colin Wilson. He based Triggerman (Titan, October 2016) on a script by director Walter Hill
(The Warriors).

Catherine Meurisse is a graphic novelist whose poignant memoir La Légèreté (Dargaud, 2016) chronicles her return to life and art after the Charlie Hebdo attack. Meurisse illustrates children’s books and has contributed to many French publications. Catherine Meurisse will be present at the Festival Albertine (Nov. 2-6).

Jean-Claude Mézières created the sci-fi duo Valérian and Laureline with Pierre Christin in the 1960s. The series counts 20 titles and won Mézières the Angoulême Festival Grand Prix and the San Diego Comic Con Inkpot Award. Europe Comics released The Circles of Power, the series’ fi nal installment, in the U.S. this year.

Nicolas Otero's graphic novel series include the ambitious debut Amerikkka and the dark Western Bonecreek. His acclaimed graphic biography Le Roman de Boddah took a fresh perspective on the life and death of Kurt Cobain, and will be published in English as Who Killed Kurt Cobain? by IDW this October.

Clément Oubrerie illustrated the acclaimed Aya of Yop City (Drawn & Quarterly, 2007) by Marguerite Abouet. His literary adaptations include Pullman’s Golden Compass trilogy (Knopf, 2015-2016) with Stéphane Melchior and Queneau’s Zazie dans le Métro (Gallimard BD). With Sfar, he cofounded the animation studio Autochenille. SelfMadeHero just published Pablo, his and Julie Birmant’s graphic biography of Picasso, in the U.S.

Jean-Marc Rochette is best known for his thriller Snowpiercer, created with Jacques Lob (Titan, 2014-2016), which was adapted into a 2013 fi lm. Rochette has illustrated science-fi ction comics, children’s cartoons and literary adaptations. His many honors include two major Angoulême Festival prizes.

On Tour | A recipient of the Angoulême New Talent prize, Anne Simon' s first graphic novel is Persephone in the Underworld. She has collaborated with psychoanalyst Corinne Maier on popular graphic biographies of 20th-century figures Marx, Freud and Einstein (Nobrow, 2015-16). She has exhibited work at Paris’s Salon du Livre. Anne Simon will present Einstein at the Historical Society of Princeton (Oct. 6), lecture at the Maryland College Institute of Art in Baltimore (Oct. 10) and in the Alliance Française of Washington (Oct. 12).

More information about the Francophone illustrators at New York Comic Con is available here.


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