Country of origin: Belgium Europe Comics Publisher: Dargaud (France)
Zidrou (Benoît Drousie) was born in 1962 in Brussels. Starting out as a teacher, he began writing books and songs for children in the early ’90s. In 1991, he met the illustrator Godi with whom he created L'Elève Ducobu (Le Lombard 1997, Ducoboo, Cinebook 2006). And thus his career as a comics writer began! He created numerous series for children and teenagers, from Crannibales to Tamara and Sac à Puces, all with Dupuis, as well as Scott Zombi, published by Casterman. Zidrou also took over the series La Ribambelle (Dargaud). In addition, he is the author of the more realistic but no less sensitive La Peau de l'ours (Dargaud 2012, Bearskin Europe Comics 2015), Le Client (Dargaud 2013; The Client, Europe Comics 2018 in English), Lydie (Dargaud 2010; Europe Comics 2018), Les Folies Bergère (Dargaud 2012, Europe Comics 2015), La Mondaine (Dargaud 2014, Vice Squad Europe Comics 2016), and Les 3 Fruits (Dargaud 2015). In 2015, Zidrou was back in fine form with three new titles published by Dargaud, across multiple genres: Bouffon, with Francis Porcel; a new family series called Les Beaux Étés, with Jordi Lafebre (Glorious Summers, Europe Comics 2018); and, in collaboration with Philippe Berthet, a thriller set in the deepest and darkest regions of Australia, Le Crime qui est le tien (Europe Comics 2018). Most recently, with Le Lombard he has also completed the African Trilogy with artist Raphaël Beuchot, including Le Montreur d'histoires (Once Upon a Time in Africa, Europe Comics 2017), Tourne-disque (2014; Turntable, Europe Comics 2017) and Un tout petit bout d'elles (2016; A Little Piece of Her, Europe Comics 2017), as well as rebooting the classic thriller series Ric Hochet alongside artist Simon Van Liemt (2015; Europe Comics in English 2017). In 2017, he embarked on yet another new series with José Homs, the fantastic adventure saga Shi (Dargaud, Europe Comics in English) stretching across two centuries in England, and his bibliography grew further with the publication of the wonderfully surreal Natures mortes (Dargaud 2017; The Muse, Europe Comics 2018).