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JL Mast, comic book author, studies Marvel Comics on the East Coast of the United States

From February 29 to March 31, comic book author JL Mast benefited from the Institut français's International Artistic Research Mobility (MIRA) programme to conduct research on the Marvel Comics publishing house on the East Coast of the United States. 

Updated on 29/05/2024

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JL Mast is a storyboard artist, author, and French comic book writer. He has contributed to numerous projects, notably for the American publisher Marvel Comics, on titles such as "Daredevil / Punisher: Seventh Circle," "Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix," and "Ultimate Spider-Man Infinite." He also collaborated on the animated series "Community," creating panels for the character "Jim the Duck." Additionally, he is the author of the parody comic "Super-Mélenchon contre la caste."

JL Mast readily shares his knowledge of digital creation, both as a consultant for large companies in Japan and the United States, and with the general public through conferences, festivals, and schools. He is particularly interested in the opportunities virtual reality offers in the comic book world, such as 3D immersion in graphic art.

From February 29 to March 31, JL Mast benefited from the MIRA mobility aid program to conduct research on the lives of Martin Goodman and Stan Lee, considered the two founding fathers of Marvel Comics.

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Although not all my questions were answered, I am proud to have explored every avenue without any regrets.

Between the archives of libraries, universities, and museums in New York and New Haven, JL Mast conducted field research for his comic book project "Fathers of Marvel Comics." He was able to interview historians and professionals knowledgeable on the subject, as well as people who worked for Marvel in the late 1960s-1970s. 

His research could only take place in New York, the birthplace of the Marvel Universe, and the Institut français is pleased to have been able to help provide him with this opportunity. MIRA supports artists in their international research endeavors. 

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Now that the mobility programme is over, JL Mast is in the process of producing his comic book and continues his research in Saint-Étienne. 

You will be able to find him at the exhibition "Marvel, Super-Héros & Cie" which will be held at the Cité de la BD in Angoulême from June 25, 2024, to May 4, 2025. Among other things, visitors will be able to explore the Marvel offices as they were in the 1960s in virtual reality, designed by JL Mast. The work will be displayed on a large curved screen that visitors can control themselves. 

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