David Beauchard

Pierre-François "David" Beauchard (born 9 February 1959), who uses the pen name David B., is a French comic book artist and writer, and one of the founders of L'Association.

David Beauchard
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David B. at the Comic Salon Erlangen 2014
BornPierre-François Beauchard
9 February 1959 (age 60)
Nîmes, France
Area(s)artist, writer
Notable works
l'Ascension du Haut Mal
Awardsfull list


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.[1] His distinctive black-and-white style was influenced by Georges Pichard and Jacques Tardi, among others.

In 1990, he co-founded the independent publisher L'Association, which became a major force in French small-press comics.[1] 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).[2] 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.[3]

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.


  • le Timbre maudit (Bayard Presse, 1986)
  • les Leçons du nourrisson savant (Le Seuil, 1990)
    1. les Leçons du nourrisson savant (1990)
    2. le Nourrisson savant et ses parents (1990)
  • le Cheval blême (L'Association, 1992)
  • le Cercueil de course (L'Association, 1993)
  • le Livre somnambule (Automne 67, 1994)
  • le Messie discret in le Retour de Dieu (Autrement, 1994)
  • le Nain jaune (Cornélius, 1993–1994)
    1. Tome 1 (1993)
    2. Tome 2 (1993)
    3. Tome 3 (1994)
    4. Tome 4 (1994)
    5. Tome 5 (1994)
  • la Bombe familiale (L'Association, 1997) ISBN 2-909020-78-9
  • le Tengû carré (Dargaud, 1997) ISBN 2-205-04252-1
  • les 4 Savants (Cornélius, 1996–1998)
    1. le Démon à tête d'entrailles (1996)
    2. la Circonvolution de la peur (1997)
    3. le Paradis terrestre (1998)
  • L'Association en Égypte (with Golo, Edmond Baudoin, Jean-Christophe Menu) (L'Association, 1998)
  • Maman a des problèmes (with Anne Baraou) (L'Association, 1999)
  • Hiram Lowatt et Placido (with Christophe Blain) (Dargaud, 2000)
    1. la Révolte de Hop-Frog (2000)
    2. les Ogres (2000)
  • la Ville des mauvais rêves (with Joann Sfar) (Dargaud, 2000)
    1. Urani (2000) ISBN 2-205-04795-7
  • le Capitaine écarlate (with Emmanuel Guibert) (Dupuis, 2000) ISBN 2-8001-2971-9
  • la Lecture des ruines (Dupuis, 2001)
  • les Incidents de la nuit (L'Association, 1999–2002)
    1. Tome 1 (1999)
    2. les Traces du dieu Enn (2000)
    3. l'Embuscade (2002)
  • l'Ascension du Haut Mal (Epileptic) (L'Association, 1996–2003)
    1. Tome 1 (1996) ISBN 2-909020-73-8
    2. Tome 2 (1997) ISBN 2-909020-84-3
    3. Tome 3 (1998) ISBN 2-84414-004-1
    4. Tome 4 (1999) ISBN 2-84414-020-3
    5. Tome 5 (2000) ISBN 2-84414-047-5
    6. Tome 6 (2003) ISBN 2-909020-07-X
  • les Chercheurs de trésors (Dargaud, 2003–2004)
    1. l'Ombre de Dieu (2003) ISBN 2-205-05363-9
    2. la Ville froide (2004) ISBN 2-205-05479-1
  • Babel (Coconino Press, 2004)
    1. Tome 1 (2004)
    2. Tome 2 (2006)
  • les Complots nocturnes (Futuropolis, 2005)
  • Zèbre (Tartamudo, 2005)
  • le Jardin armé et autres histoires (Futuropolis, 2006)
  • 2 Rêves (Brüsel, 2007)
  • Par les chemins noirs (Futuropolis, 2007)
  • Journal d'Italie 1, Trieste-Bologne (2010[4])
  • Best of Enemies: A History of US and Middle East Relations (SelfMadeHero, 2012)



  1. ^ a b Lambiek Comiclopedia. "David B."
  2. ^ Sansom, Ian (2005-02-11). "My face would be yours". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  3. ^ Booker, M. Keith (2010-05-11). Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313357466.
  4. ^ http://livre.fnac.com/a2774694/Journal-d-Italie-T1-Trieste-Bologne-David-B?PID=1&Mn=-1&Ra=-1&To=0&Nu=-1&Fr=1


External links


Beauchard may refer to:

Dominique Beauchard, character in American Empire (film)

David Beauchard

Best of Enemies

Best of Enemies may refer to:

Best of Enemies (1933 film), comedy

Best of Enemies (2015 film), American documentary film

The Best of Enemies (1961 film), British-Italian film

The Best of Enemies (2019 film), upcoming American drama film

Best of Enemies, alternate title of The Girls' Room, 2000 American comedy-drama film

Best of Enemies (novel), 1991 novel

The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South, 1996 non-fiction book by Osha Gray Davidson

Best of Enemies: A History of US and Middle East Relation, 2012 graphic novel drawn by David Beauchard

Epileptic (comics)

L'Ascension du haut mal ("The Rise of the High Evil"), published in English as Epileptic, is an autobiographical graphic novel by David Beauchard (more commonly known as David B.).

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