David B.

After studying advertising at the Duperré School of Applied Arts in Paris, Beauchard began working in comics in 1985 (Pas de samba pour capitaine Tonnerre), and wrote and illustrated stories in numerous magazines, including Okapi, À suivre, Tintin Reporter, and Chic.
In 1990, he co-founded the independent publisher  L'Association, which became a major force in French small-press comics. His comics appeared in the L'Association anthology magazine Lapin and in numerous small-format books. Much of his work in the 1990s was dream art, collected in le Cheval blême and les Incidents de la nuit.
From 1996 to 2003, he created the acclaimed six-volume autobiographical epic l'Ascension du Haut Mal (meaning, literally, "The Rise of the High Evil" but published in English as Epileptic, "haut mal" indicating what is referred to in English as a grand mal seizure). It was the first of his long works to be translated into English, and is now considered to be among the masterpieces of recent Franco-Belgian comics. The series has been repeatedly nominated for prizes at the Angoulême International Comics Festival: in 2002, the fourth volume received the Angoulême International Comics Festival Prize for Scenario and in 1998 and in 2004, volumes 2 and 6 were nominated for the Prize for Best Comic Book.
Since 1997, he has also worked for publishers other than L'Association, and has collaborated with other authors such as Joann Sfar, Christophe Blain, and Emmanuel Guibert.
In 1998, he was named European Cartoonist of the year by The Comics Journal.
In 2005 Beauchard was awarded the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist.
With historical assistance by Jean-Pierre Filiu, Beauchard published the 2012 graphic novel Best of Enemies: A History of US and Middle East Relations through SelfMadeHero. It was translated to English by Edward Gauvin.
Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna

20 years of graphic novel in Italy

International conference

with Alice Milani, Emilio Varrà, Matteo Gaspari, Alessio Trabacchini, Virginia Tonfoni, Otto Gabos, Matteo Stefanelli, Daniele Barbieri, Paolo Bacilieri, Lorenzo Ghetti, Eliana Albertini, Andrea Voglino, Enrico Fornaroli, Igort, Fumettibrutti, Daniele Brolli, Vanna Vinci, Alessandro Bilotta, Sara Colaone, David B., Elettra Stamboulis, Maurizio Lacavalla, Gianluca Costantini, Onofrio Catacchio, Ratigher

20 years of graphic novel in Italy it’s an opportunity of comparison and reflection on the graphic novel impact on our comics scene. There are many branches of this impact: from the economic ones, link to the editorial market transformations, to the “mutation” of the reading public, or even to the different ways in which comics have found their place in the contemporary imagination. ‘Ieri, oggi, domani’ chooses to concentrate on the analysis of certain narrative and aesthetic directions within which the graphic novel has developed, trying to highlight the questions, consciously posed, that these twenty years of graphic novels have generated.
Free entrance by reservation: segreteria@hamelin.net

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Duration: 9h

Price: gratuito


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Curated by Accademia di Belle Arti of Bologna.
In collaboration with Hamelin.
The event is part of BilBOlbul 2021, winner of the Promozione Fumetto 2021, promoted by General Direction Contemporary Creativity - Ministry of Culture.
talk Sunday 5 Dec H 17:30
DAS - Dispositivo Arti Sperimentali

The density of black holes

with Anders Nilsen

chair David B.

chair Francesco Piraino

In their comics, in two very different ways, Anders Nilsen and David B. provide for embodying the spiritual dimension of our existence. By means of this dialogue, they compare the works, exploring each other's imaginary worlds and the invisible truth hidden inside their stories. 

Entry: libero fino a esaurimento posti

Duration: 1h30

In collaboration with Eris Edizioni.