Matthias Picard was born in Reims, the capital of Champagne, and graduated from the School of Fine Art in Strasbourg. He was a member of a collective called Troglodyte and worked at the fanzine Escquillettes. Sections of his graphic novel, Jeanine, about his neighbor in Strasbourg, appeared in the magazine Lapin. The book was published by L’Association in May 2011. He is also the author of La Comète. His new book Jim Curious: A Voyage to the Heart of the Sea in 3-D Vision will be published in 2014 by Abrams. He lives and works in Paris, France.
Translated from French by Edward Gauvin
Edward Gauvin has received fellowships and residencies from PEN America, the NEA, the Fulbright program, the Lannan Foundation, and the French Embassy. His work has won the John Dryden Translation prize and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award, and been nominated for the French-American Foundation and Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prizes. Other publications have appeared in the New York Times, Tin House, Subtropics, World Literature Today, and Weird Fiction Review. The translator of almost 200 graphic novels, he is a contributing editor for comics at Words Without Borders.
Photo credit: Vince Passaro