Riad Sattouf is a French-Syrian cartonnist most famously known for his series L’Arabe du futur. The series recounts Sattouf's childhood growing up in France, Libya and Syria in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. The first volume of L'Arabe du futur won the Fauve d’Or prize for best graphic novel at the Festival d'Angoulême in 2015. The series has been translated into 21 languages, making Sattouf internationally known.
First published in 1995, with new editions in 1997 and 2000, this book drawn in an experimental style has been designated as one of the most important comic books of the past thirty years and is emblematic of the rise of independent and alternative publishers in France. Nègres jaunes focuses on issues of race and France’s colonialist legacy and is also a very powerful and important look into the Harki (Algerian loyalist) as a victimizer and a forgotten war victim.
Luz is a former contributor of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. He is the one who drew the cover of the magazine for its first publication following the Charlie Hebdo shooting in 2015. In Catharsis, Luz talks about how this event changed his life as he recalls arriving late to work that day (it was his birthday) and turning up just in time to see the shooters leave. The book depicts his nightmares, his insomnia, and his doubts as to whether he will ever be able to draw again.
The French cartoonist, woman artist, is known for producing subversive works, which portray women and gender issues. She was one of the foremost socio-satirical cartoonists of her generation. One of her leitmotif character is Agrippine, an unimpressed and caricatural teenager of the 1990’s, who is dealing with existential questions, her sexuality, gossips, and fights with her parents. Agrippine is a humoristic view of the Parisian intellectual bourgeoisie and an avenue for Bretécher to not only use slang (“argot”) but to push things further and invent her own teenage slang. In 2001, Agrippine became a tv series for Canal Plus.
This autobiographical comic book, which deals with the author’s childhood, growing up with an epileptic brother (Haut Mal used to mean Epilepsy), received the Alph-Art du scénario at the Festival international de la bande dessinée d'Angoulême in 2000. In 2008, it was considered by the magazine Les Inrockuptibles one of the 100 indispensables comic books to have.
In 2016, Séraphin Kajibwami received the award for the best cartoonist from IRD, the “Initiative Régionale pour le Développement” (Regional Initiative for Development) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for Les Diamants de Kamituga. This comic book shares a HIV/Aids prevention message while being a captivating thriller. 100,000 copies were distributed for free by the African Artists for Development.
This comic book takes place in Central Africa during World War I. It features a story of a friendship between Gaston Mercier, an officer and a pilot in the Royal Belgian army, and Madame Livingstone, a kilt-wearing local who claims to be the métis son of famed Scottish explorer David Livingstone. It sheds light on a forgotten dimension of the Great War and the sociocultural complexity of colonial life in the Belgian Congo
This series of six comic books written by Marguerite Abouet and drawn by Clément Oubrerie (Abouet’s husband) was translated into English under the name Aya of Yop City. The story is based on the author's life in the Ivory Coast. The first album received the Prix du Meilleur premier album at the 2006 Festival international de la bande dessinée d'Angoulême. It is recommended by l’Education nationale in France as a book that middle schoolers in France should read. Aya de Yopougon was adapted into an animated film that was released in 2013.
The Canadian Francis Desharnais becomes famous in 2008 with the publication of Burquette. In 2011, he releases Motel Galactic. This science-fiction comic book was nominated for the "meilleure scénariste" prize of the 2012 Joe Shuster Awards and for the "Grand prix de la ville de Québec" for the 2011 Bédéis Causa.
In 2021, the Quebec cartoonist received a Prix de la série by the Festival d’Angoulême for his latest publication Paul à la maison. He is the only Quebecer to have been decorated on two occasions by this prestigious comic strip festival. Published in 2019, Paul à la maison is the 9th volume of a series that started in 1999 with Paul à la campagne.
Marcelino Truong grew up in the US, Vietnam, and the UK and now resides in France. He is the author and illustrator of several children's books as well as the author of several comic books. Une si jolie petite guerre tells the story of his childhood, growing up in Saigon in the 1960’s. Meanwhile Give peace a chance is about the life of his family during the war in Vietnam.
Clément Baloup has released several comic books focusing on Asian immigration issues. Quitter Saïgon for instance focuses on the exile of French Vietnamese people. Meanwhile, Little Saigon focuses on Vietnamese people living in the US. To write this book, Clément Baloup received money from the association Cultures France. His work has been translated into English, Spanish, Italian, German and can be regularly found in magazines.
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