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Karim Friha

Karim Friha, a French author and illustrator, is embarking on a US Tour for the release of the english version of Rise of the Zelphire, his first solo graphic novel series, translated into multiple languages and awarded as an official selection of the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2010.

Rise of the Zelphire, Books 1 & 2 was translated by Jeremy Melloul and published in March 2019 by The Lion Forge.

Karim Friha was born in Maisons-Laffitte, France, in 1980. As a child, he took a liking to comics with the Franco-Belgian classics, most notably Asterix and Gaston Lagaffe. After receiving his bachelors degree in science, he studied math but ended up drawing far more than anything else, enjoying the history of art more than trigonometry. While he became passionate about the artistic period of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly the works of Voltaire and Victor Hugo, that didn’t keep him from enjoying The Simpsons, Calvin and Hobbes, the works of Tim Burton, Batman, and a whole host of other superhero stories. Eventually, his art allowed him to work on kids’ magazines and several animated films.

Rise of the Zelphire is his first graphic novel series, showcasing his great talent for both storytelling and sequential art. It was an official selection of the 2010 Angoulême International Comics Festival and has been translated into several languages since.

About the book: Rise of the Zelphire, written and Illustrated by Karim Friha, published by The Lion Forge 

Legend says that a spirit sleeps within each of us and that a childhood trauma can awaken it . . . such is the awakening of the Zelphire . . .

Young Sylvan Khelmann is one such host, doing his best to hide the strange, tree-like features that start growing on his body. This mysterious condition comes with strange abilities which he doesn’t understand until meeting Professor Wernes, who invites him to join an expedition of discovery. But they find themselves pursued by the evil Dreghans, who possess supernatural abilities of their own, tracking down all known Zelphires to serve their secret nefarious purpose . . .

"With beautiful steampunk-inspired art, a colorful cast of characters and a lot of good old fashioned action, the book really has something to please everyone."  -Librarian recommended

Learn more here.

Watch the trailer.



Note that we have limited funding available for our tours. Please let us know if you would be able to arrange for domestic travel to/from the event. If you would like to invite this author to speak at your university or bookstore, please fill out the application form and email it to Ondine Cotto.