Emmanuel Guibert is an innovative French comics artist, who works in styles varying for hyperrealistic to Clear Line. Born in Paris, Guibert briefly attended art school, and did his first professional work in the storyboard and illustration field. He made his comics debut in 1992 with 'Brune', a painted comic story about the rise of fascism in Germany during the 1930s. He then did several comics for Lapin, the magazine of the renewing publishing house l'Association. One of Guibert's most impressive comics works of this period, 'La Guerre d'Alan', recounted the war experiences of Guibert's friend Alan Ingram Cope, who served as an American soldier in World War II, and later retreated to France.
La Fille du Professeur
In 2000, he joined the Atelier des Vosges in Paris, where he worked alongside Frédéric Boilet, Didier Tronchet, Émile Bravo, Christophe Blain and Joann Sfar. With the latter, he created the critically acclaimed comic 'La Fille du Professeur' in the Humour Libre collection of Dupuis in 1997.
He additionally scripted 'Sardine de l'Espace' for Sfar and 'Ariol' for Marc Boutavant, that were published respectively in Maximum and J'Aime Rire by Bayard in the early 2000s. 'Sardine de l'Espace' was continued with the artist Mathieu Sapin from the 8th book in 2008.
With David B. as his scriptwriter, Guibert created the one-shot 'Le Capitaine Écarlate', in the Aire Libre collection of Dupuis. He teamed up with Joann Sfar again in 2001 to create 'Les Olives Noires', a series about a Jewish child in Judea. In 2003, he commenced working with Médecins Sans Frontière photographer Didier Lefèvre and colorist/scenarist Frédéric Lemercier on 'Le Photographe', a mixture of comic and photobook, based on Lefèvre's photo's taken in Afghanistan. Emmanuel Guibert was invested with a knighthood in the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2013.
Les Olives Noires