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Joann Sfar

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Nationality  French
Spouse  Sandrina Jardel
Role  Comics artist

Name  Joann Sfar
Area(s)  Writer, Artist
Parents  Lilou, Andre Sfar
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Born  28 August 1971 (age 44) Nice, France (1971-08-28)
Notable works  Les Potamoks La Fille du professeur Donjon Grand Vampire Le chat du rabbin
Books  The rabbi's cat, The Professor's Daughter
Awards  Cesar Award for Best First Feature Film, Cesar Award for Best Animated Film
Movies  Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, The Rabbi's Cat, The Lady in the Car with Glas, The Prophet, Aya of Yop City
Similar People  Lewis Trondheim, Sandrina Jardel, Eric Elmosnino, Antoine Delesvaux, Serge Gainsbourg

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Joann Sfar ([ʒoan sfaʁ]; born 28 August 1971) is a French comics artist, comic book creator, novelist, and film director.

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Life and career

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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.

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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.

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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.

Novels

  • L'éternel (2013, Albin Michel, ISBN 2-22-624685-1)
  • Awards

  • 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
  • Nominated for the Best Long Comic Strip at the Haxtur Awards Spain
  • 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
  • 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
  • Award for Best Youth Album (7 to 8 years) at the Angoulême International Comics Festival
  • Best International Series at the Prix Saint-Michel, Belgium
  • Nominated for Best Series at the Angoulême International Comics Festival
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nominated for Outstanding Series at the Ignatz Awards, United States
  • References

    Joann Sfar Wikipedia


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