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Graphic Lit

from the February 2013 issue


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© François Ayroles. By arrangement with the author. Translation © 2013 by Matt Madden. All rights reserved.


François Ayroles

François Ayroles was born in Paris in 1969 and lives and works in Bordeaux. After earning his BA, he spent a year in the college of art history at the Panthéon-Sorbonne and then studied cartooning at the École des Beaux-arts of Angoulême (1989-1992) workshop cartoon workshop of the School of Fine Arts of Angoulême (1989-1992). In 1994, the year of his first publication with the collection Regards Graphiques des éditions Autrement (Le retour de Dieu, 1994), he entered a regular working relationship with Les éditions L’Association, particularly in their magazine Lapin, and joined OuBaPo (Ouvroir de Bande dessinée Pontentielle). Since then he has published several books, and his work has appeared in numerous collections and periodicals in France and other countries. He is a frequent participant in exhibitions and is a member of L'Association's editorial board.

Translated from French by Matt Madden

Matt Madden (b. 1968) is a cartoonist who also teaches at the School of Visual Arts and in workshops around the world. His work includes 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style (Penguin), a collection of his comics adaptation of Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style; a translation from the French of Aristophanes's The Zabime Sisters (First Second); and Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and Mastering Comics (First Second), a pair of comics textbooks written in collaboration with his wife, Jessica Abel. The couple are also series editors for The Best American Comics from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is currently on an extended residency in Angoulême, France, with his wife and their two children. You'll find recent news at

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