Enki Bilal

Enki Bilal, the son of a Czech mother and a Bosnian father, spent the first nine  years of his life in Belgrade, where the ghost of World War II still haunted  everyday life. The Bilal family moved to Paris in 1961, where Enki Bilal was drawn to comics and cinema. He started at Pilote in 1972, making illustrations, covers and short stories. Three years later, Bilal met writer Pierre Christin, with whom he created several comics by combining comic strips with photos, including ‘Légendes d’Aujourd’hui’, ‘La Croisière des Oubliés’ and ‘Partie de Chasse’.

In 1980 he began his award-winning ‘Nikopol-trilogy’. Besides these comics activities, Enki Bilal started working in film, theater and opera. He created sets, costumes and posters for a theatre play and worked on two feature films. Bilal published ‘Froid Equateur’, ‘Bleu Sang’ and ‘Le Sommeil du Monstre’ in the 1990s.

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