Joann Sfar


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France

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  • 1998: Award for First Comic Book and René Goscinny Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, France,
  • 2000: Nominated for Best Comic Book and for the Youth Award (9 to 12 years) at the Angoulême International Comics Festival,
  • 2000: Nominated for the Best Long Comic Strip at the Haxtur Awards Spain,
  • 2000: Nominated for Best International Writer at the Max & Moritz Prizes, Germany,
  • 2001: Nominated for Best Scenario and for the Humour Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival,
  • 2002: Nominated for Best Artwork and the Canal BD Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival,
  • 2003: Oecumenic Jury Award and Polish award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival,
  • 2003: Nominated for Best Comic Book, for the Canal BD Award, and for the Prix de la critique at the Angoulême International Comics Festival,
  • 2004: Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême: 30th anniversary prize, France,
  • 2004: Award for Best Youth Album (7 to 8 years) at the Angoulême International Comics Festival,
  • 2004: Best International Series at the Prix Saint-Michel, Belgium,
  • 2004: Nominated for Best Series at the Angoulême International Comics Festival,
  • 2004: Best International Writer at the Max & Moritz Prizes, Germany,
  • 2005: Nominated for Best Artwork at the Angoulême International Comics Festival,
  • 2006: Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material at the Eisner Awards, United States,
  • 2006: Nominated for the Audience Award and for Best Series at the Angoulême International Comics Festival,
  • 2007: Sproing Award, for Best Foreign translated material, Rabbinerens katt (Le chat du rabbin), Norway,
  • 2007:Nominated for Outstanding Series at the Ignatz Awards, United States

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Biography

Joann Sfar (French: [ʒoan sfaʁ]; born 28 August 1971) is a French comics artist, comic book creator, novelist, and film director. Sfar was born in Nice, the son of Lilou, a pop singer, who died when he was three, and André Sfar, a lawyer well known for prosecuting Neo-Nazis. As a result of his mother's early death, Sfar was raised by his father and maternal grandfather, a military doctor of Ukrainian origin in the Alsace-Lorraine Independent Brigade (France) during World War II. Sfar's grandfather reportedly saved the right hand of the brigade's leader, novelist André Malraux, for which he was awarded French citizenship. A wildly prolific artist, he is considered one of the most important artists of the new wave of Franco-Belgian comics, though he has rejected the assertion that he, along with artists like Christophe Blain, Marjane Satrapi, and Lewis Trondheim, sought to create an alternative scene or a new movement in comics. Many of his comics were published by L'Association which was founded in 1990 by Jean-Christophe Menu and six other artists. He also worked together with many of the group's main artists, e.g. David B. and Lewis Trondheim. The Donjon series which he created with Trondheim has a cult following in many countries. Some of his comics are inspired by his Jewish heritage. Sfar is the son of Jewish parents (an Ashkenazi mother whose family was from Ukraine and a Sephardic father from Algeria). He himself says that there is Ashkenazi humor in his Professeur Bell series (loosely based on Joseph Bell), whereas Le chat du rabbin is clearly inspired by his Sephardic side. Les olives noires is a series about a Jewish child in Israel at the time of Jesus. Like Le chat du rabbin, the series contains a lot of historical and theological information. His main influences are Fred and André Franquin as well as Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine, Will Eisner, Hugo Pratt and John Buscema. From 2009 to 2010, Sfar wrote and directed Gainsbourg: Vie Héroïque, a biopic of the illustrious French songwriter and singer, of whom Sfar is a self-confessed fanatic. The film, which draws substantially on Sfar's abilities as a comic book artist through its extensive use of fantasy artwork, animation and puppetry, was released in 2010 to general critical acclaim. Sfar's book L’Eternel has been adapted for a live action drama entitled Monsters’ Shrink by Canal plus.

Artistic production

Comic Title Role Publisher Year Language
Pascin (ITA) Author 001 Edizioni 2008 Italian
Professor Bell #2 Author Coconino Press 2005 Italian
Urani la Città dei Brutti Sogni Illustrator Writer Macchia Nera Srl 2000 Italian
Fin de la Parenthèse Author Rue de Sèvres 2016 French
Il Piccolo Principe Author Bompiani 2010 Italian
Il gatto del Rabbino #1 Author Kappa Edizioni 2002 Italian
Il gatto del Rabbino #2 Author Kappa Edizioni 2004 Italian
Professor Bell #1 Author Coconino Press 2004 Italian
La Fortezza - Il Cimitero dei Draghi Author Magic press 2001 Italian
La Fortezza - Il vulcano dei Vaucanson Author Magic press 2003 Italian
Donjon Monster 1 - Jean Jean la Terreur Writer Delcourt 2001 French
Donjon Monster 2 - Le Géant qui pleure Writer Delcourt 2001 French
Donjon Monster 3 - La carte majeur Writer Delcourt 2002 French
Donjon Monster 4 - Le Noir Seigneur Writer Delcourt 2003 French
Donjon Monster 5 - La nuit du tombeur Writer Delcourt 2003 French
Donjon Monster 6 - Du ramdam che les brasseurs Writer Delcourt 2003 French
Donjon Monster 7 - Mon Fils le tueur Writer Delcourt 2003 French
Donjon Monster 8 - Crève-Cœur Writer Delcourt 2004 French
Donjon Monster 9 - Les Profondeurs Writer Delcourt 2008 French
Donjon Monster 10 - Des soldats d'honneur Writer Delcourt 2006 French
Donjon Monster 11 - Le grand animateur Writer Delcourt 2007 French
Donjon Monster 12 - Le grimoire de l'inventeur Writer Delcourt 2008 French
Donjon Parade 1 - Un donjon de Trop Writer Delcourt 2000 French
Donjon Parade 2 - Le sage du ghetto Writer Delcourt 2001 French
Donjon Parade 3 - Le jour des crapauds Writer Delcourt 2002 French
Donjon Parade 4 - Des fleurs et des marmots Writer Delcourt 2010 French
Donjon Parade 5 - Technique Grogro Writer Delcourt 2007 French
Donjon Potron-Minet -99 - La chemise de la nuit Writer Delcourt 1999 French
Donjon Potron-Minet -98 - Un justicier dans l'ennui Writer Delcourt 2001 French
Donjon Potron-Minet -97 - Une Jeunesse qui s'enfuit Writer Delcourt 2003 French
Donjon Potron-Minet -84 - Après la pluie Writer Delcourt 2006 French
Donjon Potron-Minet -83 - Sans un bruit Writer Delcourt 2008 French
Donjon Crépuscule 101 - Le Cimetière des dragons Author Illustrator Delcourt 1999 French
Donjon Crépuscule 102 - Le volcan des Vaucasson Author Illustrator Delcourt 2001 French
Donjon Crépuscule 103 - Armaggedon Author Illustrator Delcourt 2002 French
Donjon Crépuscule 104 - Le Dojo du Lagon Author Delcourt 2005 French
Donjon Crépuscule 105 - Les nouveaux centurions Writer Delcourt 2006 French
Donjon Crépuscule 106 - Révolution Writer Delcourt 2009 French
Donjon Crépuscule 110 - Haut Septentrion Writer Delcourt 2014 French
Donjon Crépuscule 111 - La fin du Donjon Writer Delcourt 2014 French
Donjon Zenith 1 - Cœur de canard Writer Delcourt 1998 French
Donjon Zenith 2 - Le roi de la bagarre Writer Delcourt 1998 French
Donjon Zenith 3 - La Princesse des barbares Author Delcourt 2000 French
Donjon Zenith 4 - Sortilège et Avatar Author Delcourt 2002 French
Donjon Zenith 5 - Un mariage à part Writer Delcourt 2006 French
Donjon Zenith 6 - Retour en fanfare Writer Delcourt 2007 French

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