Jérémie Royer

In "On the Wings of the World, Audobon" the trees are green and the sea blue. This is nature as I see it, lively, colourful, joyful. "

Author and cartoonist, Jérémie Royer guides his reader through the ages with his gentle and precise style, in which benevolent nature plays a starring role.

Published on 21/10/2019

2 min

After a childhood spent on the Riviera, near Nice, Jérémie Royer moved to Brussels where he enrolled at the École Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc. It was here that he met the authors Thomas Gilbert, Léonie Bischoff and Nicolas Pitz with whom he co-founded the Atelier Mille, a collective space for creation and experimentation. He made his first foray into the industry in 2011 with the comics Yesterday and The Crossing (“La Traversée”).


His career reached a turning point in 2013, when Thomas Gilbert introduced him to the author Fabien Grolleau. He and Jérémie Royer began a fruitful collaboration, producing two books (Audubon: On the Wings of the World ("Sur les ailes du monde, Audubon") in 2016, and Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage ("HMS Beagle, aux origines de Darwin") in 2018) about the scientists Jean-Jacques Audubon and Charles Darwin.

Jérémie Royer loves to draw ethereal landscapes, enhanced by the elegance of his sketches. In the two graphic novels he has co-written with Fabien Grolleau, he offers a simple description of the careers of men obsessed with nature and living things. His world is also marked by a distinct taste for temporal paradoxes.


In his most personal work, The Crossing (“La Traversée” (2010), Jérémie Royer reveals a minimalist near-future narrative in the tradition of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, while Yesterday (2011), co-authored with David Blot, depicts the adventure of a young man lost in a world where The Beatles never existed.

While Jérémie Royer's first works were well received by French readers, the 2016 publication of Audubon: On the Wings of the World allowed him to cross borders. The book was first awarded the prize for best geographical comic at the 27th International Geography Festival.


Two years later, the graphic novel was translated in the United States and nominated for two prestigious awards: the Eisner and Harvey Awards. A result which owes as much to the contemplative style of the work as to the universal tone of the career of its main character, naturalist Jean-Jacques Audubon, an inveterate dreamer who became a pioneer of ornithology in the New World.

  • 1979


    Born in Paris. He then grows up near the Mediterranean in Nice.

  • 2011


    Jérémie Royer founds the Atelier Mille in Brussels, with four alumni of the École Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc. Manolosanctis editions publishes his first two books the same year: Yesterday and La Traversée.

  • 2013


    He meets author Fabien Grolleau, to whom he suggests a graphic novel project based on naturalist Jean-Jacques Audubon.

  • 2016


    Sur les ailes du monde, Audubon (Dargaud) wins the prize for best geographical comic at the International Geography Festival.

  • 2018


    Jérémie Royer publishes HMS Beagle, aux origines de Darwin (Dargaud), his second collaboration with Fabien Grolleau.

The Institut français and the book

Jérémie Royer received support from the Institut français and its “A room with a view” residency programme in San Francisco in Spring 2019. Learn more about the Institut Français residency programmes

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