Nicolas Otéro is a French comic book author from Lyon, best-known for drawing the violent comic book series 'Amerikkka' and for his more personal graphic novels depicting tortured souls. He began working on his ambitious series about the Ku Klux Klan with writer Roger Martin almost right after his graduation from the École Emile Cohl in Lyon in 2001. 'Amerikkka' deals with two special agents who investigate terrorist acts by the KKK. Each album in set in a different region of the USA. Otéro's semi-realistic style, inspired by both manga and the French-Belgian school, brings a bit of humor and distance to the violence in the series, of which the first book was published by Hors Collection in 2002. New installments have appeared at Emmanuel Proust Éditions since 2003.
In addition to his main series, Otéro has worked with writer Bat on the post-apocalyptic western 'Bonecreek', of which two books were published by EP Éditions (2007) and Idées+ (2010). He also teamed up with Laurent Moënard on 'Le Sixième Soleil', a series set during the Mexican Revolution in 1917. It deals with a plot of the German general staff to form an allience with the Mexicans against the USA. Glénat released three books between 2008 and 2011. Otéro also provided the artwork for the three volumes of 'Uchronie(s) - New Moscow' (Glénat, 2012-2014), one of Éric Corbeyran's three series about an alternate history of cities. The other series were drawn by Tibery ('New Harlem') and Djillali Defali ('New York').
Nicolas Otéro became an allround comics author with 'Le Roman de Boddah' (Glénat, 2015), a graphic novel about Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain (1967-1994). It was an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Heloise Guay de Bellissen, and contains a fictional recount of real-life events from Cobain's life, as narrated by his childhood imaginary friend Boddah. The book was published in English as 'Who Killed Kurt Cobain?: The Story of Boddah' by IDW Publishing in 2016. His next graphic novel was 'Confessions d'un enragé' (2016), the story of the troubled Liam, who as a four-year old contracted rabies in 1970s Morocco, and developed an almost animal savagery in his further life.
Also in 2016, Otéro worked with writer Jean-Claude Bartoll on the adventure comic 'Amazonia' (EP Media), about a freelance journalist who is confronted with violence from militias working for large landowners while reporting on the Brazilian Amazon.