Le Gout du Chlore by Bastien Vives
Le Goût du Chlore

Bastien Vivès is one of the most innovative and most productive present-day French comic authors, who experiments with different styles and techniques. He has studied animation at the Gobelins School and grahics at the ESAG Pnninghen. He did his first comics work through his own studio in Paris. Under the name Bastien Chanmax, he published the online comic 'Poungi la Rataille'.

He came to attention with the graphic novels he created for Casterman's KSTR collection since 2007, including 'Elle(s) - Alice, Charlotte & Renaud', 'Le Goût du chlore' (2008), 'Hollywood Jan' (with Mickaël Sanlaville, 2008), 'Amitié étroite' (2009), 'Dans mes yeux' (2009) and 'Polina' (2011).

Elle(s), by Bastien Vives
Elle(s)

In addition, he published 'La Boucherie' at Wraoum and 'Juju Mimi Féfé Chacha' from a script by Alexis de Raphelis at Ankama. In 2010 he teamed up with Merwan to create 'Pour l'Empire' in the Dargaud collection Poisson Pilote. Vives has a very large production. At the age of 27, he has already published eleven graphic novels during a period of 4 years.

Vives draws most of his graphic novels with the computer, such as 'Le Goût du Chlore' and Amitié Étroite', but he also uses other techniques, such as crayons and colored pencils for 'Dans mes yeux'.

On 28 September 2018 Vivés caused controversy with a comic book named 'Petit Paul'. The story deals with a ten-year old boy who is born with a gigantic penis, which causes him to be stalked by adult women fascinated by his organ. Quite some people felt the book was close to child pornography, which is forbidden by law in France. Two thousand people signed a petition to protest against its publication. Some French book stores already removed the book from their shelves. Publisher Glénat defended the work as a "work of fiction." Vivés stated that "the book is a huge joke, meant to make people laugh. Certainly no excuse for paedophilia." In an interview with Huffington Post he pointed out that the entire story is told from the naïve viewpoint of a ten-year old boy who doesn't think about sex.

Dans mes yeux, by Bastien Vives
Dans mes yeux

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