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Nicolas Wild

Comic reportage allows me to move from fiction to reality, to mix narrative styles: it is an art in the making.

At 42, Nicolas Wild travels the world in his well-researched and quirky comic books. Combining realism and humour, he delivers his own experience to better account for the state of the world.

Updated on 10/03/2020

2 min

Originally from Alsace, Nicolas Wild trained in the illustration workshop created by the Strasbourg School of Decorative Arts. A great adventurer, he travelled and studied in the United States and worked in an orphanage in India before flying to Afghanistan. In 2005 he began his collaboration with Boulet and Lucie Albon by co-writing Le Vœu de Marc (Marc’s Wish). Two years later, he began his Kaboul Disco trilogy with the first instalment, Comment je ne me suis pas fait kidnapper en Afghanistan (How I Did Not Get Kidnapped in Afghanistan), and completed it in 2008 with Comment je ne suis pas devenu opiomane en Afghanistan (How I Did Not Become an Opium Addict in Afghanistan).

From the top of a glacier to refugee camps and the Chernobyl site, Nicolas Wild travels through Nepal, Ukraine, Turkey and Lebanon. His latest book Mondo Disco, published in 2019, compiles these journeys into a book of eight stories completed between 2012 and 2018.

Since the publication of his first book, Le Bourreau (The Executioner), in 2000, Nicolas Wild has shown us his unique, happily quirky tone. Using his own travels as material, he seeks to convey his experience in comics often bathed in black humour. Thanks to this approach, his work brings together the pleasure of illustrative storytelling and a wide field of investigation of the cultures encountered in each country.

Initially the creator of a website where he chose to recount his adventures, the author was able to delve deeper into his scripting techniques in comics. Dealing with both women's rights and the exploitation of children, particularly in Afghanistan, he offers a realistic insight and another way of understanding the country's geopolitical situation.

Sent to Afghanistan by a communications agency, Nicolas Wild turned his mission into the opportunity to use the medium of a children's comic strip to produce a biting observation of a little-known land. Without trying to impose his vision of the world, he remains as neutral as possible by showing his reader different, original and uncertain, but above all human, societies.

In 2014, Nicolas Wild won the France Info prize for a comic based on current affairs and reporting for Ainsi se tut Zarathoustra (So Zarathoustra Said Nothing), and in 2016 he was invited by the Krakow Comic Festival to translate his work into Polish.

  • 2005

    2005

    He begins his collaboration with La Boîte à bulles publishing company and co-writes Le Vœu de Marc with Boulet.

  • 2007

    2007

    Nicolas Wild publishes Comment je ne me suis pas fait kidnapper en Afghanistan, the first instalment of the Kaboul Disco trilogy.

  • 2014

    2014

    He receives the France Info prize for a comic based on current affairs and reporting for Ainsi se tut Zarathoustra. It is selected at the Angoulême Festival.

  • 2019

    2019

    He publishes Mondo Disco, a book comprising eight stories.

L'Institut français et l'auteur

Winner of an Institut français Stendhal Residency, Nicolas Wild will travel to Ethiopia in 2020.

The Stendhal programme allows french authors or authors living in France to travel to a foreign country and work on a writing project related to that country. Learn more about the Stendhal programme

 

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