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Enki Bilal

Real Name & aliases:

Enes Bilalović






  • Prix RTL (1980),
  • Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême (1987),
  • Adamson Award (1997),
  • International Horror Guild Award (2006)

Added by: King Pharaon. Last edit by: King Pharaon.


Enki Bilal (born October 7, 1951, Belgrade, Serbia). Born Enes Bilalović, to a Slovak mother and a Bosnian father who had been Josip Broz Tito's tailor, he moved to Paris at the age of 9. At age 14, he met René Goscinny and with his encouragement applied his talent to comics. He produced work for Goscinny's Franco-Belgian comics magazine Pilote in the 1970s, publishing his first story, Le Bal Maudit, in 1972. In 1975, Bilal began working with script writer Pierre Christin on a series of dark and surreal tales, resulting in the body of work titled Légendes d'Aujourd'hui. In 1983, Bilal was asked by film director Alain Resnais to collaborate on his film La vie est un roman, for which Bilal provided painted images that were incorporated in the "medieval" episodes of the film. He is best known for the Nikopol trilogy (La Foire aux immortels, La Femme piège and Froid Équateur), which took more than a decade to complete. Bilal wrote the script and did the artwork. The final chapter, Froid Équateur, was chosen book of the year by the magazine Lire and is acknowledged by the inventor of chess boxing, Iepe Rubingh as the inspiration for the sport. Quatre? (2007), the last book in the Hatzfeld tetralogy, deals with the breakup of Yugoslavia from a future viewpoint. The first installment came in 1998 in the shape of Le Sommeil du Monstre opening with the main character, Nike, remembering the war in a series of traumatic flashbacks. The third chapter of the tetralogy is Rendez-vous à Paris (2006), which was the fifth best selling new comic of 2006, with 280,000 copies sold. His cinematic career was revived with the expensive Immortel, his first attempt to adapt his books to the screen. The film divided critics, some panning the use of CGI characters but others seeing it as a faithful reinterpretation of the books. On May 13, 2008 a video game based on the Nikopol trilogy was announced titled Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals. Published in North America by Got Game Entertainment in August 2008, the game is a "point and click" adventure for the PC; however, the Lead Designer was Benoit Sokal and not Bilal himself, who was the art designer, along with Yoshitaka Amano, for the video game Beyond Good and Evil 2. In 2012, Bilal was featured in a solo exhibition at The Louvre. The exhibition, titled "The Ghosts of the Louvre", ran from December 20, 2012 to March 18, 2013. The exhibition was organized by Fabrice Douar, and featured a series of paintings of "Ghosts", done atop photographs that Bilal took of the Louvre's collection.

Artistic production

Comic Title Role Publisher Year Language
Partie de chasse Author Les Humanoïdes Associés 0 French
The phantoms of the Louvre Author Unspecified 2014 English
The Nikopol trilogy (First edition) Author Titan Comics 2016 English
La Foire Aux Immortels Author Dargaud 1980 French
Le Sommeil Du Monstre Author Les Humanoïdes Associés 1998 French
Le Trombone lllustré Author Dupuis 0 French
La Crociera dei Dimenticati Illustrator Editori Del Grifo 1992 Italian
CENTURY'S END Illustrator Enki Bilal / Pierre Christin 2019 English
Partida de caza Illustrator Norma Editorial 2005 Spanish
Fins De Siècle - Les Phalanges De L'ordre Noir/Partie De Chasse Author Casterman 2008 French
Durchbruch Illustrator Carlsen Verlag 1990 German
Monster Gesamtausgabe Author Illustrator Carlsen Verlag 0 German
Gods in chaos Author Titan 1988 English
The woman trap Author Titan 1988 English
Sterminatore 17 Author Illustrator Alessandro Editore 2003 Italian
Alexander Nikopol Illustrator Carlsen Comics 0 German
The ranks of the black order Author Titan 1989 English
The hunting party Author Titan 1990 English
THE TOWN THAT DIDN'T EXIST Illustrator Catalan Communications 1989 English
La trilogia Nikopol Author Alessandro Editore 2010 Italian
Century's end : The Black Order Brigade : Hunting party (First edition) Author Titan Comics 2016 English
Los Angeles - Der vergessene Stern der Laurie Bloom Illustrator Author Verlag Schreiber & Leser 0 German
Enki Bilal - Futuri imperfetti #44 Author Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso 2005 Italian
I Maestri del fumetto - Secolo XX - Bilal & Christin Illustrator Mondadori 2009 Italian
Metal Hurlant presenta: Sterminatore 17 Author Edizioni Nuova Frontiera 1981 Italian
El navío de piedra Illustrator Norma Editorial 0 Spanish
La ciudad que no existía Illustrator Norma Editorial 2003 Spanish
Leviticus / Ivan's Story: Part 4 #51 Writer Fleetway Publications 1990 English
Exterminator 17 Illustrator Volksverlag 0 German
Pilot Cover Artist Illustrator Volksverlag 1981 German
Heavy Metal Magazine: June 1984 Illustrator HM Communications 0 English
Heavy Metal Magazine: Januray 1985 Illustrator HM Communications 0 English
Heavy Metal Magazine: March 1985 Illustrator HM Communications 0 English
Heavy Metal Magazine: Febuary 1985 Illustrator HM Communications 0 English
Heavy Metal #276 Illustrator Writer Heavy Metal Media, LLC 2015 English
Die Geschäfte der Unsterblichen Illustrator Author Carlsen Verlag 0 German
Die Frau in der Zukunft Illustrator Author Carlsen Verlag 0 German
Äquatorkälte Illustrator Author Ehapa Verlag 0 German
A Feira Dos Imortais Author Meribérica / Líber, Editores, Lda. 0 Portuguese
A Mulher Armadilha Author Meribérica / Líber, Editores, Lda. 0 Portuguese
Frio Equador Author Meribérica / Líber, Editores, Lda. 0 Portuguese
Die Frau in der Zukunft: 2. Auflage Author Ehapa 0 German
Pilote Juin 2010 Author Dargaud 2010 French
Exterminator 17: Rebirth, The Ellis Trilogy Illustrator Titan Comics 2018 English
Monster: The Dormant Beast, December 32, Rendezvous in Paris, and Four? Writer Illustrator Titan Comics 2019 English