Country of origin: France Europe Comics Publisher: Dargaud (France)
As a teenager, Richard Marazano was fascinated by the arts, politics and the sciences. He was as intrigued by Robert Oppenheimer as he was by the myth of Prometheus. After much deliberation, Marazano decided to study physics and astrophysics in college, before finally starting out in the comic book world at the prestigious fine arts school in Angouleme. His first album, Humain trop humain, illustrated by Éric Dérian, was released in 1995 (Le Cycliste). The following year he published the first volume of the series Zéro absolu (Soleil), with Christophe Bec. Marazano next joined publishing houses Humanoïdes Associés and Carabas where he published the two-part Dusk series (2000-2002), illustrated by Christian De Metter, and Le Bataillon des lâches, a one-shot solo project. In 2003, with artist Michel Durand, he created the series Cuervos (Glénat), recounting the fight against the cartels of Columbia. Cuervos met with great critical acclaim and picked up some prestigious prizes, including best comic book adaptable for cinema at the Monaco Literary and Cinema festival in 2006. Marazano also enjoyed great public success with his award-winning science-fiction series Le complexe du chimanzé (Dargaud; Chimpanzee Complex, Cinebook), illustrated by Jean-Michel Ponzio. Since then, Marazano has taken on more and more projects, with a variety of artistic collaborators. With Dargaud in particular Marazano has published a number of series over the last decade, including Le rêve du papillon (2010-2014), S.A.M. (2011-2013; Cinebook in English), Otaku Blue (2012-2013), and Le Protocole Pélican (2011-2013), in collaboration with his accomplice Jean-Michel Ponzio. Alongside artist Marcelo Frusin, he has also explored antiquity with the ongoing series Expedition (2012; Europe Comics in English 2018), and he has joined with Christophe Ferreira for two other adventure series, Alcyon (2014-2015) and Le monde de Milo (2013-2015, Europe Comics 2016, Milo's World). Richard Marazano loves travel tales, and is also interested in Inca, Aztec and Mayan cultures, a diversity of interests manifest across his works.