From Printemps noir. © Maxence Emery, Tomas Humeau & La Boîte à Bulles, 2013. By arrangement with the publisher. Translation © 2015 by Edward Gauvin. All rights reserved.
Maxence Emery is a multifaceted author. A globetrotter and photographer, he photographed homeless people for Maximilien Le Roy's book Hosni. He met Alejandro González Raga in Madrid through Reporters Without Borders and decided to tell his powerful story of Cuba as a comic book, illustrated by Thomas Humeau.
Thomas Humeau was born in 1987 in Angers, France, and studied art at the prestigious Estienne and Olivier de Serre, in Paris. He contributed to the collection 13m28 and published his first book, Desert Park, in 2010. He works in London for the creative agency Harriman Steel.
has received prizes, fellowships, and residencies from PEN America, the National Endowment for the Arts
, the Fulbright
program, Ledig House, 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
, and Subtropics
. The translator of more than 250 graphic novels, he is a contributing editor for comics at Words Without Borders,
and has written on the Francophone fantastic at Weird Fiction Review
Photo credit: Vince Passaro