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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

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

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
Dungeon : the early years. Vol. 2. Innocence lost Author Turnaround 2009 English
The little prince Author Walker 2010 English
Pascin (ITA) Author 001 Edizioni 2008 Italian
The little prince 2 Author Walker 2012 English
Humour libre - Best of Author Dupuis 0 French
Little Vampire (First American edition) Author Author First Second 2008 English
Dungeon parade. Vol. 2. Day of the toads Author Turnaround 2007 English
The new centurions Author Turnaround 2010 English
Night of the ladykiller Author Turnaround 2011 English
Vampire loves Author Macmillan 2006 English
Hercules Author Turnaround 2011 English
Sardine in outer space. 3 Author First Second 2007 English
Professor Bell #2 Author Coconino Press 2005 Italian
Armageddon Author Turnaround 2006 English
Vampire loves 2 Author First Second 2006 English
Dungeon. Vol. 2. The barbarian princess Author Unspecified 2005 English
Dungeon. Vols. 1-4 Author Unspecified 2017 English
Urani la Città dei Brutti Sogni Illustrator Writer Macchia Nera Srl 2000 Italian
La Fille Du Professeur Writer Dupuis 0 French
The Dark Lord Author Turnaround 2008 English
The professor's daughter (1st American edition) Author First Second 2007 English
The night shirt Author Turnaround 2012 English
Fin de la Parenthèse Author Rue de Sèvres 2016 French
Sardine in outer space 2 Author First Second 2006 English
Klezmer Author First Second 2006 English
Quoi! Author L'association 2011 French
Dungeon. Vol. 1. Duck heart Author Unspecified 2004 English
Sardine in outer space. 4 (1st American edition) Author First Second 2007 English
Dungeon zenith set. Volumes 1-3 Author Turnaround 2012 English
Dungeon. The twilight set. Vols. 1-3 Author Unspecified 2014 English
A Cidade Dos Maus Sonhos: Urani Writer Illustrator Edições Polvo 2000 Portuguese
High septentrion & the end of dungeon Author Unspecified 2014 English
Dungeon. Early years set. Vols. 1 & 2 Author Unspecified 2014 English
The great animator Author Unspecified 2016 English
Il Piccolo Principe Author Bompiani 2010 Italian
Dungeon. Vol. 1. The early years Author Turnaround 2005 English
Dungeon parade. Vol. 1. A dungeon too many Author Turnaround 2007 English
Heartbreaker Author Turnaround 2010 English
Il gatto del Rabbino #1 Author Kappa Edizioni 2002 Italian
Il gatto del Rabbino #2 Author Kappa Edizioni 2004 Italian
Dragon cemetery Author Turnaround 2006 English
My son the killer Author Unspecified 2015 English
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
Le Noir Seigneur: 4 (lvl 103) Author Illustrator Delcourt 2003 French
Le Grand Animateur: 11 (lvl -400) Author Delcourt 2007 French
Le grimoire de l'inventeur: 12 (lvl 6) Author Delcourt 2008 French
Les Profondeurs: 9 (lvl -75) Author Delcourt 2004 French
Crève-coeur: 8 (lvl -85) Author Delcourt 2004 French
Mon fils le tueur: 7 (lvl -90) Author Delcourt 2003 French
Des soldats d'honneur: 10 (lvl -95) Author Delcourt 2006 French
La Carte majeure: 3 (lvl 103) Author Delcourt 2002 French
Jean-Jean la Terreur: 1 (lvl -4) Author Delcourt 2001 French
Le Géant qui pleure: 2 (lvl 3,5) Author Delcourt 2001 French
La Nuit du tombeur: 5 (lvl -97) Author Delcourt 2003 French
Du ramdam chez les brasseurs: 6 (lvl 40) Author Delcourt 2003 French
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
Noch ein Donjon #1 Author Reprodukt 2010 German
Des fleurs et des marmots #4 Author Delcourt 2004 French
Technique Grogro #4 Author Delcourt 2007 French
Un donjon de trop #1 Author Delcourt 2000 French
Le sage du ghetto #2 Author Delcourt 2001 French
Le jour des crapauds #3 Author Delcourt 2002 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
Après la pluie: 4 (lvl -84) Author Delcourt 2006 French
Sans un bruit: 5 (lvl -83) Author Delcourt 2008 French
La chemise de la nuit: 1 (lvl -99) Author Delcourt 1999 French
Un justicier dans l'ennui: 2 (lvl -98) Author Delcourt 2001 French
Une jeunesse qui s'enfuit: 3 (lvl -97) Author Delcourt 2003 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
Le Cimetière des Dragons: 1 (lvl 101) Author Illustrator Delcourt 1999 French
Le volcan des Vaucanson: 2 (lvl 102) Author Illustrator Delcourt 2001 French
Armaggedon: 3 (lvl 103) Author Illustrator Delcourt 2002 French
Le Dojo du lagon: 4 (lvl 104) Author Delcourt 2005 French
Les nouveaux centurions: 5 (lvl 105) Author Delcourt 2006 French
Révolutions: 6 (lvl 106) Author Delcourt 2009 French
Haut Septentrion: 7 (lvl 110) Author Delcourt 2014 French
La Fin du Donjon: 8 (lvl 111) Author Delcourt 2014 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
Coeur de canard: 1 (lvl 1) Author Illustrator Delcourt 1998 French
Le Roi de la bagarre: 2 (lvl 2) Author Illustrator Delcourt 1998 French
La Princesse des barbares: 3 (lvl 3) Author Illustrator Delcourt 2000 French
Sortilège et Avatar: 4 (lvl 4) Author Delcourt 2002 French
Un marriage à part: 5 (lvl 5) Author Delcourt 2006 French
Retour en fanfare: 6 (lvl 6) Author Delcourt 2007 French
Hors des remparts: 7 (lvl 7) Author Delcourt 2020 French
Coração De Pato Writer Illustrator Witloof 2001 Portuguese
O Rei Da Zaragata Writer Illustrator Witloof 2002 Portuguese
A Princesa Dos Bárbaros Writer Illustrator Witloof 2002 Portuguese
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
Riyad-sur-Seine #1 Editor Bayou 2007 French
Tales of the Wild East Illustrator Writer First Second 0 English
Amertume Apache Writer Dargaud 2019 French
Le Malka des Lions Author Dargaud 0 French
La Bar-Mitsva Author Dargaud 0 French
Le chat du rabbin - intégrale Author Dargaud 0 French
Das Hemd der Nacht: -99 Author Reprodukt 2011 German
Missglückter Zauber #4 Author Reprodukt 2009 German
Das Herz einer Ente #1 Author Reprodukt 2007 German
Der König der Krieger #2 Author Reprodukt 2008 German
Die Prinzessin der Barbaren #3 Author Reprodukt 2009 German
Platine Laser Author Dargaud 2017 French
The Early Years Vol. 1: The Night Shirt Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
The Early Years Vol. 1: Innocence Lost Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Monstres Vol. 1: The Crying Giant Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Monstres Vol. 2: The Dark Lord Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Monstres Vol. 3: Heartbreaker Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Monstres Vol. 4: Night of the Ladykiller Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Monstres Vol. 5: My Son the Killer Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Monstres Vol. 6: The Great Animator Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Parade Vol. 1: A Dungeon Too Many Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Parade Vol. 2: Day of the Toads Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Twilight Vol. 1: Dragon Cemetery Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Twilight Vol. 2: Armageddon Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Twilight Vol. 3: The New Centurions Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Twilight Vol. 4: The End of the Dungeon Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Zenith Vol. 1: Duck Heart Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Zenith Vol. 2: The Barbarian Princess Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Zenith Vol. 3: Back in Style Illustrator NBM Publishing 0 English
Pilote Juin 2010 Author Dargaud 2010 French
Héraclès Writer Poisson Pilote 2002 French
Ulysse Writer Poisson Pilote 2004 French
L'Armée du Crâne: 1 (lvl -10000) Author Delcourt 2020 French

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