Calling all comic books fans, drawing dilettantes and budding artists to celebrate #BD2020! Join the Institute Français for an online Drink & Draw Live Session with graphic novel illustrator Gilles Rochier!
As IFRU celebrates suburban creativity at Ciné Lumière with Les Misérables and La Haine screenings, let’s discover one of the principal representatives of the French banlieues in the comics world: Gilles Rochier.
An autodidact, Gilles Rochier made his first paces in the comics arts through fanzines, and published his first book, En vrac (6 Pieds sous terre) in 2003. In 2012 at age 43, he won the prestigious “Prix Révélation” at the Festival international de la Bande dessinée d’Angoulême (FIBD) for his album TMLP : Ta mère la pute. In 2018, his book La Petite Couronne was featured in the FIBD’s official selection and his work was celebrated by a grand retrospective exhibition.
He has published 20 comics books (at 6 Pieds sous terre and Casterman) which all paint a sensitive and intimate portrait of the parisian suburbs, its estates, its inhabitants and daily life, avoiding usual clichés about urban peripheries. He also approaches delicate topics, such as depression or physical disability.
For the Drink & Draw, he will give a brief presentation of his work and ask participants to draw on three subjects of his choice. The best drawings will be published on the Institute Français’s social networks!
As a taster, watch this webseries episode (produced by Lyon BD and Québec BD) starring Gilles Rochier reading his own work.
In Easy French and English
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