from the February 2018 issue
David B. is the Eisner Award-nominated artist behind Epileptic, an autobiographical story widely considered a masterpiece of the graphic novel medium. A founding member of the revolutionary French independent publisher L’Association, he is regarded as a giant among Bandes Dessinées artists. His many prizes include the Prix de Cheverny (2007), the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist (2005), and the top prizes for Comics Writing (2002) and Best Comic Book (1998, 2004) at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. His Black Paths, the extraordinary story of the Dadaist poet Gabriele d’Annunzio, was published by SelfMadeHero in 2011.
Jean-Pierre Filiu, a historian and an arabist, is a professor at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). After an extensive career in the Middle East, first with NGOs, then as a diplomat, he has held visiting professorships both at Columbia (New York) and at Georgetown (Washington). His book Apocalypse in Islam (University of California Press, 2011) was awarded the main prize by the French History Convention. Hurst (London) and Oxford University Press (New York) published his Arab Revolution: Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising (2011); Gaza, a History (2014), which was awarded the Palestine Book Award from the Middle East Monitor; and From Deep State to Islamic State: the Arab Counter-revolution and its Jihadi Legacy (2015). His works about contemporary Islam and the Arab world have been published in fifteen languages.