When making a graphic novel, there are many milestones that can be celebrated with a heart-felt: “Finished!”. There’s the moment all the pages are drawn; then when they are all digitalized, lettered and put in the right order; when they’re all colored; when the file is sent to the publisher; when the file is sent to the printer’s; and then, finally, when the actual book arrives and can be held in my greedy hands. Finished!


Yiri and I especially celebrate the first finishing: when all the pages are drawn. It has become tradition to make a little doodle in a tiny booklet, marking time and date.

Here’s the first Finishing, in 2009, when we made Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics:


This one was drawn a year later, in 2010, when finishing Religion: a Discovery in Comics:


Science: a Discovery in Comics was a heavy one – it was finished in the summer of 2012:


The fourth book, about World Domination, is not out in the States yet, but I have just made an info page on my site if you want to take a look. This is how I felt when finishing it, in 2015:


And just a few weeks ago, the last pages of the book about Love were drawn!


We’re now in the process of finishing up the other finishings: the colors, the text corrections, the index etc. But those are minor finishings – the big one is out of the way!

Here’s another drawing from the little book, by the way, the only one in English:


Words to live by!

Etienne Davodeau & Arthur de Pins Appearing at NY Comic Con


Appearing at New York Comic Con this week are cartoonists Etienne Davodeau (The Initiates, Lulu Anew) and Arthur de Pins (Zombillenium series), who are also appearing at the French Comics Framed Festival that runs concurrently.

Both will be appearing at the NBM/Papercutz booth (2245) signing on Friday and Saturday.

Signing Schedule

Friday, Oct 7

12-1 PM: Etienne Davodeau
6-7 PM: Arthur de Pins

Saturday, Oct. 8

3:30-5 PM: Davodeau and de Pins

Both artists will also be making appearances to coincide with the French Comics Framed Festival along with Hubert & Kerascoet (Miss Don’t Touch Me, Beauty). 

The inaugural French Comics Framed Festival devoted to presenting the best work of francophone graphic novelists and runs through November 5 and also includes an exhibition at Cooper Union (The Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, NY 10003).

Eighteen of the exhibited illustrators will travel across the Atlantic to participate in the festival including Pénélope Bagieu, Olivier Balez, Alessandro Barbucci, François Boucq, Stéphane Créty, Asaf Hanuka, Matz, Jean-Claude Mézières, Nicolas Otero, Jean-Marc Rochette and Anne Simon.

Other appearances include:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 7pm, free
Panel discussion: French Comics on Screen: Film Adaptations of Franco-Belgian Graphic Narratives
Featuring Etienne Davodeau, Matz, Jean-Claude Mézières, Arthur de Pins and Jean-Marc Rochette
Moderated by Alex Dueben (The Paris Review and The Believer)
The School of Visual Arts, 209 E 23rd St, NY 10010 (3rd floor)
Jean-Claude Mézières, creator of the classic francophone graphic novel series Valerian and Laureline, will discuss his role in Luc Besson’s 2017 film adaptation of the series, and Jean-Marc Rochette will detail his involvement in the movie version of his Snowpiercer (with Chris Evans). Matz will explain how legendary Warriors director Walter Hill’s unproduced screenplays became comics, and Arthur de Pins and Etienne Davodeau will speak about indie adaptations.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 6:30pm, free
Panel discussion: Drawing Life: Who is the Parisian Roz Chast?
Featuring Olivier Balez, Pénélope Bagieu, Etienne Davodeau, Asaf Hanuka, and Anne Simon
Moderated by Heidi Macdonald (The Comics Beat)
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, NY 10029
Accompanying the current exhibition Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs, this discussion will focus on the ever-lively and inventive world of French cartooning. Who is the Parisian Roz Chast (if there is one)? What are the major themes explored through the rise of graphic biography in France ?

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 5:30-6:30pm, with pass
Panel discussion: ComicsBeat Presents: The European Comics Invasion
New York Comic Con (room 1A05), Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St., NY 10001
Featuring Heidi MacDonald, Jean-Marc Rochette, Arthur DePins, Simon Fraser, Leeann Hamilton
An annual look at the European comics scene, with the cartoonists from around the world talking about their work and the comics tradition of their countries. This time we’ll talk to Jean-Marc Rochette (Snowpiercer, France), Arthur DePins (March of the Crabs, France), Simon Fraser (Judge Dredd, Scotland), Leeann Hamilton (Cash Cow, Ireland) and more about their careers, their influences and how comics are becoming an international language without borders.

Panel discussion: Drawing the Unspeakable
Featuring Kerascoët, Pénélope Bagieu and Catherine Meurisse
Columbia University, Butler Library (Room 523), 535 West 114th St, New York, NY 10027
Four renowned illustrators discuss the challenges of expressing emotion through drawing.






Enter to win a painted sketch by Cyril Pedrosa as you see here when you order a copy of his EQUINOXES or $45 worth of any other books (shipping not included) if you order by Monday the 3rd!


These are all painted sketches on fine paper 8 1/2 x 11 of his characters from the amazing Equinoxes published this month and called by Scott McCloud ‘An impressive feast of a book’ and by Publishers Weekly ‘A lavish tribute to the power of sequential art.’


4 PEOPLE WILL WIN THIS WEEK. Will you be one of them?


Breaking the 10 – miraculous medal

Here are two pages from our book BREAKING THE 10 from NBM Publishing in which the main character, David throws away his ‘miraculous medal’ to our lady in disgust (after the death of his wife and child).




My own ‘miraculous medal’ was indeed given to me by my grandmother in Scotland after a trip to Lourdes, France – when i was about 18.

But dont worry, i did not throw it away. I use it as a keyring.


“Fresh, challenging and superbly enthralling, this is a book no saint or sinner should miss”

Get the book here folks:

Equinoxes: Give onto Caesar…


On some inconsequential day, all filled with myself, I dared declare on the mike of a radio show that an author ‘faces creation alone.’
These aren’t the exact words but I’m still ashamed to this day to have pronounced publicly such an inept comment.
Even if the work of a comics author is a fairly solitary practice, the fact is one never creates alone.
Outside influences, close or far removed, encounters, intellectual, friendly or of love, all feed in, of course, to the work of an author.
These are often even decisive.


After reading through the first draft of my script for « Equinoxes ,» my editor Jose-Louis Bocquet remarked, amongst a thousand pertinent critiques, “something was missing:” A stronger link between the characters, so as to flow between them more naturally. Also a means needed to be found of assuring good transition between the comics passages and the written monologues.
He was right and I was tormented for weeks, not able to find solutions to these problems.


Rather happily, I’m lucky enough to live with Roxanne Moreil, a woman far more curious and cultivated than I am. She spoke to me of Viviane Maier, whose work in photography had just been discovered the echos of which had reached Europe.


(autoportrait of Vivian Maier. 18 october 1953, New York)

I was, like many, impressed by the quality of her photography and by the nobility of her own personal story. Vivian Maier had constructed with resolve a masterful oeuvre without any recognition, glory or financial reward.
From her story, now known across the world, was born in “Equinoxes” the character of Camille, a young photographer, anxious, filled with doubt, whose portraits provide access into the internal voices of the characters.
And thus did Camille become a key element of the story without whom it would have been banal.
Thanks be then to Jose-Louis Bocquet, Roxanne Moreil, and Vivian Maier.


Meet me on my tour! I’ll be at SPX and Brooklyn Book Festival this weekend.

Pedrosa at the Albertine bookstore

Great event yesterday evening at the French Cultural Services with Cyril Pedrosa discussing Equinoxes with Bill Kartalopoulos and comparing artist notes with Gabrielle Bell.

This opened up Cyril’s tour in NYC and DC. Next: after a few appearances at the Parsons School and Ben Katchor’s class and then at MICA, the art school in Baltimore, he’s a special guest of SPX Saturday and guest of the Brooklyn Book Fair Sunday! See more here.

Here’s a few photos:



As you can see, it’s beautiful space in a classic mansion on 5th ave…

See you at SPX or BBF this weekend?