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Jul is a French press cartoonist and comics author. As a child, he already practiced cartooning and won a price for young talents at the Angoulême Festival when he was 12 years old.
He first studied history and became a Professor in Chinese History before realizing that he could make a living with drawing, and therefore definitely turning to press cartooning and comics writing. He has been a contributing cartoonist for various French magazines and newspapers such as L'Écho des savanes, Fluide glacial, Charlie Hebdo, Nouvel Observateur, Les Échos, Libération or Le Monde...
Parallel to his work as a press cartoonist, he published his first bande dessinée Il faut tuer José Bové in 2005, a scathing satire of alter-globalization activists, which was met with great critical and public acclaim.
The four volumes of his pseudo-prehistoric series Silex and the City have established Jul as leading figure not only in the French bande dessinée landscape but also in the world of animation animation. The comics, which follows the adventures of the Dotcom family (a modern take on the "Flintstones"), has indeed been adapted into a television series and broadcast on the European TV channel Arte since September 2012. In 2013, the show made the best audience rates for an animation program, with 1.3 million viewers.
He was made Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French minister of Culture in 2012.
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