Serge Bloch

Reality is so much more unlikely than fiction. It's not worth trying to invent things, just look around.

A young cartoonist and world-renowned newspaper illustrator, father of Max et Lili (Max and Lili) and SamSam, Serge Bloch offers worlds tinged with humour that he also explores in digital versions with Mr Chip and La Grande Histoire du petit trait (The Big Adventure of a Little Line).

Published on 23/06/2020

2 min

Born in 1956 in Colmar, Serge Bloch developed his precision of movement at the side of his butcher father. « I draw today like he cuts », he says. After studying under Claude Lapointe at the Strasbourg School of Decorative Arts, he joined Bayard Presse and worked for the magazine Astrapi. Serge Bloch has also drawn for The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Author of several dozen children's books, he is the creator of Max et Lili, which has become a children’s literature classic. Inspired by his four-year-old son who is a Batman fan, in 2000 he created the series SamSam, adapted for television and cinema in 3D format. In 2020, Serge Bloch is designing the « Boîtes à rire » (« Laughing Boxes ») exhibition at Centquatre.

« Reality is so much more unlikely than fiction. It's not worth trying to invent things, just look around. » Serge Bloch is inspired by « life in all its forms » : an anecdote or discussions at a bistro become sources of inspiration for creating his characters. He takes particular care to create the look of his characters and their expression, which he builds with all kinds of small round objects.

Humour and reality are the two pillars of his work that can be found in Mr Chip, an augmented reality application presented during the « Boîtes à rire » exhibition at the Centquatre. Through animation, the scanned drawings reveal the quirks of Mr Chip and his cat through their daily lives.

His creations have been widely praised by critics and noticed by major brands such as Coca Cola and Hermès with whom he collaborates. He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Bernard Versele Prize and the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustratorsin 2005 and 2014.

His Grande Histoire d’un petit trait published in 2014 has been adapted in the form of a short film and an interactive application in which the user’s drawing becomes the driver of the narration. Both have been translated into seven languages : French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese and Flemish.

  • 1980


    A graduate of the School of Decorative Arts, Serge Bloch attends the illustration workshop founded by Claude Lapointe, and joins Bayard Presse.

  • 1998


    Bayard publishes his first children's book, Sam et son papa (Sam And His Dad).

  • 2005


    The illustrator receives the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators (USA).

  • 2007


    Bologna Ragazzi Award for his illustrations for L’Encyclopédie des cancres, des rebelles et autres génies (The Encyclopaedia of Dunces, Rebels and Other Geniuses) by Jean-Bernard Pouy.

  • 2014


    The illustrator receives the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators (USA).

  • 2020


    « Boîtes à rire » exhibition at Centquatre.

The Institut français and the artist

La Grande Histoire d’un petit trait by Serge Bloch, is part of the works exposed in Futurlivre, a platform created at the initiative of the Institut Français, which identifies and promotes the entire innovative book sector.

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La Grande Histoire d’un petit trait by Serge Bloch is also part of the works presented in the framework of Novembre Numérique (Digital November).

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