Country of origin: France Europe Comics Publisher: Dargaud (France)
Christophe Blain was born in 1970. Three weeks in law school, two years in graphic design school, and a short immersion in contemporary art in Cherbourg did not, fortunately, change his vocation: drawing in general and comics in particular. His participation in the Vosges workshop, where he rubbed shoulders with the new generation of authors of the 1990s (Sfar, Bravo, Trondheim, David B., Satrapi, etc.), finally pushed him to devote himself to the ninth art, where he would soon obtain public and critical recognition with his series Isaac le Pirate (2001), Socrate le demi-chien (2002), and Gus (2007), all with publisher Dargaud. In 2010, the first part of Quai d'Orsay (Dargaud) was released, a work written alongside Abel Lanzac, who entrusted Blain with his experiences at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the Villepin era, which the author retranscribed with his characteristic humor and insight. Quai d'Orsay quickly became a bestseller and was adapted for the cinema in 2013 by Bertrand Tavernier. Blain has twice received the award for best graphic novel at the Angoulême Comics Festival, for the first volume of Isaac the Pirate (in 2002) and for volume two of Quai d'Orsay (in 2013), making him one of the few authors to have won this distinction twice. In 2019 came the first part of a new adventure of Blueberry (Dargaud) with Joann Sfar. This long-awaited tribute to the masterpiece created by Jean-Michel Charlier and Jean Giraud allowed the author to explore a genre he particularly likes, the western. Most recently, Blain has entered into a collaboration with Jean-Marc Jancovici, a leading expert on energy and the climate, to create Le Monde sans fin (Dargaud; World Without End, Europe Comics), a work that addresses with intelligence and humor the fundamental questions related to the energy and climate issues of tomorrow.