(artwork by Cyril Pontet)
François Froideval is a French comics writer, specialized in heroic fantasy, but also in fiction in general. He wrote his first stories in the mid-1970s. He cooperated on the launch of the Jeux et Stratégie magazine, for which he wrote editorial text and developed several game pages. Afterwards, Froideval was editor-in-chief of Casus Belli periodical until his depart for the USA in 1982. In the States, he worked in the game animation field, like on the 'Donjons & Dragons' cycle.
In March 1988, Froideval turned to comics, with some comics for Pilote and Charlie ('Le Ninja de la Nuit' and 'Cauchemar', drawn by Henry Bismuth and Tignous). A year later, he started the fantasy cycle 'Les Chroniques de la Lune Noire' with Olivier Ledroit. After five episodes, the artwork on the series was taken over by Cyril Pontet.
(artwork by Ledroit)
In 1991, Manini teamed up with Jack Manini to create 'L'Archimage Robert' for Zenda publishers. At the same publisher, he came up with '666' two years later, drawn by Frank Tacito. From 1996 Froideval multiplied his collaborations, writing for Patrick Larme and Francard ('Les Fées et Fatum'), Wing K. Law ('Sakura'), Guillaume Sorel ('Mens Magna'), Fabrice Angleraud ('Atlantis'), Stéphane Collignon ('Lex'), and Nicolas Bournay ('Nexus'). For publisher Albin Michel, he launched the series 'Methraton' (with Fabrice Druet in 2001) and 'Harkhanges' (with Sylvain Guinebaud in 2002). In the following year, he started 'Hyrknoss' with Andreï Arinouchkine at Casterman.
(artwork by Frank Tacito)