Graphic novel

Nine Antico

In life, even though you are of course transcended by serious and deep things, you are still often troubled by details.

An illustrator and self-taught author, Nine Antico creates comic books that are often inhabited by liberated girls and rock’n’roll, and are full of spirit. A graphic and colourful style that can also be found in the youth section with funny and poetic albums.

Published on 22/08/2019

2 min

Born in Aubervilliers in the suburbs of Paris in the early 1980s, Nine Antico has two passions: rock and drawing. She started out by creating her own fanzine entitled Rock this way (2004-2008, 5 issues) in which she illustrated the concerts she attended. Before long she had her drawings published in musical journals, including Muteen for which she created her trademark character Pauline. While she was creating numerous illustrations for the press, a meeting with the Discobabel collective led her to create a new design based on the legendary group Love, and then to a collaboration with the literary and musical journal Minimum Rock'n'Roll.

Working as a press officer for the publishing house Cornélius, Nine Antico released her first cartoon Le Goût du paradis (The Taste of Paradise) in 2008. Coney Island Baby (2010), Girls Don't Cry (2010) and Nous étions dix (We Were Ten) (2018) followed.

In 2013, Nine Antico tried her hand at cinema. She directed her first short film Tonite (2013), starring comedian Sophie-Marie Larrouy, then co-developed a short film on boxing, Last Round, in 2017 with actress and director Julie Conte.

Nine Antico’s work covers three central themes: girls, rock and America. In Coney Island Baby (2010), she tells the fictional story of pin-ups Bettie Page and Linda Lovelace. In Autel California (Altar California) (2014), the creator draws inspiration from the life of Pamela Des Barres, a groupie who followed the stand-out groups from the 1960s and 1970s embodying the history of rock.

Expressionist colours, bubbles with rounded corners and striking dialogues: Nine Antico’s graphic signature, again inspired by the style of the 1950s-1970s, makes her works particularly recognisable.

Her first autobiographical cartoon Le Goût du Paradis was released by Ego Comme X in 2008. She recounts the adolescence of a young woman in Aubervilliers in the 1990s. The successful book was in the official selection at the 2009 Angoulême International Comic Strip Festival in the "Revelations" category. The albums Girls Don't Cry and Coney Island Baby were also to be selected in 2010.

  • 2008


    Nine Antico publie sa première bande dessinée Le Goût du paradis, mémoires d’une jeune fille en banlieue dans les années 1990.

  • 2009


    Her book Le Goût du paradis is in the official selection at the Angoulême International Comic Strip Festival.

  • 2012


    Quatre Filles (Four Girls), her first youth book, is published by Albin Michel.

  • 2014


    Nine Antico signs off the first part of Autel California, a dive into the heart of California in the 1960s in two volumes.

The Institut français and the artist

Her book Nous étions dix (2018) is part of the selection of the 2019 Pépites internationales (International Gems) by the Institut français and the Montreuil Children's Book Fair. This programme promotes youth literature in French among French to learners around the world.

Find out more about the 2019 Pépites internationales programme. 

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