Riad Sattouf wins the Angoulême Festival Grand Prix
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After Julie Doucet, an influential but confidential author, the most prestigious distinction in the world of comics has gone to the author of The Arab of the future.
At 44 years old, Riad Sattouf has become a benchmark for author comics. Pampered by critics and readers alike, he appeals far beyond the circle of comic book lovers.
The six volumes of his autobiographical series The Arab of the future, in which he recounts his childhood in Syria, then his adolescence in Britain in a discordant home, have sold several million copies and have been translated into twenty languages. The designer readily explains that he wanted to tell, simply and always with humor, a story that his Breton grandmother could read.
After the first provocative albums released in the early 2000s, Riad Sattouf digs a groove in which he excels: the former fine-arts student knows how to simply describe teenage life like no other. he does it with Esther’s notebooks, funny and first-person accounts of a Parisian followed since he was 10 years old. Or with the young actora new series starring comedian Vincent Lacoste.
A workaholic, Riad Sattouf created his publishing house to publish these new graphic novels. And she is currently preparing to write her third feature film with the comic actors Les Inconnus.