Michel Kichka

Artist & Scriptwriter

Michel Kichka was born in 1954 in Liège, Belgium. His family survived the concentration camps of World War II. After his first year studying architecture in 1973 in Liège, he moved to Israel, and in 1974 joined the Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts in Jerusalem to study graphic design. After graduating in 1978, he worked as a freelance illustrator for newspapers and children's books.

He became a teacher of illustration and press drawing at Bezalel in 1982. In 1997, he turned to television and became a political cartoonist for Israel's channel 2. His drawings have been published in international journals such as Courrier International, Herald Tribune and L'Arche, as well as at TV5 Monde and on all kinds of websites. Kichka has also invested heavily in charities such as Cartooning for Peace alongside Plantu. His work in the field of comics notably includes Second Generation - The Things I Didn't Tell My Father (Dargaud 2012, Europe Comics 2016).

He is the technical advisor for the Cartoon Museum in Holon (near Tel Aviv). He now lives in Jerusalem with his wife and their three children.

Country of origin: Belgium, Israel Europe Comics Publisher: Dargaud (France)