Sattouf, Riad

Biography

Riad Sattouf is a cartoonist and filmmaker.

Born in 1978, he spent his childhood between Libya, Syria and Brittany. He studied applied art in Nantes and animation at the Gobelins School of the Image.

He has authored The Unlucky Adventures of Jérémie (Les Pauvres Aventures de Jérémie), Virgin Guide (Manuel du puceau), Back to Junior High (Retour au college), Pascal Brutal and The Secret Life of Youths (La Vie secrète des jeunes). Riad Sattouf is one of the few graphic novel authors to have won the Fauve d’or at the Angoulême festival twice (for Pascal Brutal 3 in 2010 and The Arab of the Future 1 in 2015).

Since 2014, he has been drawing Esther’s Notebooks (Les Cahiers d’Esther) for L’Obs every week, based on the true stories of a ten-year-old little girl called Esther A. The first volume of her stories, published in January 2016 by Allary Éditions, has already sold over 100,000 copies.

Riad Sattouf is also a filmmaker, directing The French Kissers (Les Beaux Gosses, César for best debut film) and Jacky in Women’s Kingdom (Jacky au royaume des filles).