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Pascal Lefèvre is a renowned Belgian comics historian and theorist. Since the late 1980s, he has written several studies on reading comics and graphic narratives, and he has participated in the creation of several books, expositions and documentaries about comics and their authors. Lefèvre is also active in artistic projects himself, like the video opera 'Burning History' (2007). In 1995, he made some short experimental comics under the title 'Berlin' for the French publication Frigobox.

He has worked as a researcher for the Belgian broadcasting company BRTN, as a research assistant at the Belgian Comic Strip Center in Brussels, and as a teacher at several art schools. At the University of Leuven/Louvain Lefèvre wrote his master paper 'De selekterende stripuitgevers. Een onderzoek naar de gatekeeping bij de grote stripuitgeverijen Lombard en Dupuis' (1986), which investigated the gatekeeping study of Belgian comics publishers Lombard and Dupuis. In 2003 he earned his doctorate in Social Science at the same university with a theoretical analysis of Willy Vandersteen's comic strip 'Suske en Wiske'. 

Lefévre has written many essays and books about comics. Together with Jan Baetens he wrote 'Strips anders lezen' ('Reading comics in a different way') (1993) and 'Pour une lecture moderne de la bande dessinée' ('For a modern reading of comics') (1993). Both books were published by the Belgian Center of Comics in Brussels. He and Morgan Di Salvia co-wrote 'Strip en illustratie in België. Een stand van zaken en de sociaal economische situatie van de sector'/'Bande dessinée et illustration en Belgique. Etats des lieux et situation socio-économique du secteur' (2010), a  treatise about comics and illustrations in Belgium and their social economical dimension. He also went on a more historical route with 'Forging A New Medium, The Comic Strip in the 19th Century' (1998), written in collaboration with Charles Dierick. Apart from these general studies he and Yves Kerremans also wrote '50 Jaar Nero, kroniek van een dagbladverschijnsel' (1997), a chronological study of every album in Marc Sleen's "Nero" series at that point, to commemorate its 50th anniversary. 

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