YEREVAN / PARIS — Farid Boudjellal, born in 1953, is a French comics book author, artist and scriptwriter. Born to Algerian immigrants, he grew up in Toulon, in the south of France. He studied literature and sociology at the university. In 1978, he published short stories in Circus and Charlie Mensuel. His first long story, L’Oud, was published by Futuropolis.
In Paris, he moved into a studio with José Jover and Roland Monpierre.
In 1986, Boudjellal produced the poster for “Le Gone du Chaâba,” a film adaptation of a work by Azouz Begag.
He writes numerous screenplays and draws numerous albums devoted to the theme of immigration, the housing crisis in France, racism and handicaps. In 1998, the first volume of Petit Polio appeared, enabled him to reach a large audience and, in 1999, to win the Ecumenical Prize at the International Festival of Comics in Angoulême, France.
Dear Farid, it is my pleasure to present you to readers worldwide. French comics are famous in the world. Characters like Tintin, Asterix and Titeuf are recognizable worldwide.
Often comics are linked to childhood, even if today it has more or less distanced from it. Those who did not read comics as a child find it very difficult to approach this medium. Reading a comic is not that easy. You have to grasp the page as a whole, read both the text and the image.