French Graphic Novel "slashes" its way onto the scene in San Francisco

Updated: Sep 11, 2019

Cartoonist and illustrator Antoine Maillard will be the Fall guest of the writing residency A Room with a View from October 9 to November 17, 2018, to work on his first graphic novel, Slash Them All. During his stay, he will participate in events in San Francisco, Oakland, Stanford University, Portland and Seattle.

(c) Antoine Maillard

Antoine Maillard lives between Toulouse and Strasbourg (France). He obtained a master’s degree in Comics Studies from the European School of Image in Angoulême and a degree in illustration from the Decorative Arts School in Strasbourg (HEAR). He currently works as a freelance illustrator for various publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Télérama, Le Parisien Magazine and XXI.

Maillard's pieces develop a gloomy atmosphere- often evoking surrealism -through the use of an appealing and muted color palette. Based in the everyday, his comics combine closely-cropped images of his characters mixed in with wider landscape shots. These elements, along with the pacing and composition of the comics, culminate in an almost filmic feel. Essentially, he finds his inspiration in American imagery and independent comics (Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, Charles Burns) as well as in dark cinema (David Lynch, John Carpenter), painting (Edward Hopper) and photography (Gregory Crewdson, Larry Clark).

Slash Them All

Antoine is currently working on his first graphic novel, Slash Them All, which explores a storyline in which the everyday life of a group of teenagers is threatened by a mysterious serial killer in their small California-inspired coastal town. The novel plays into the tropes of American thrillers and horror movies (the slashers).

(c) Antoine Maillard

(c) Antoine Maillard

Other works by Antoine Maillard

Telling The Truth About The Cost Of War (The New York Times)

Leonard Cohen (New Yorker Radio Hour)

More works by Antoine Maillard can be found on his blog and on his tumblr.

A Room with a View is a program of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the French American Cultural Society and Institut Français, with the generous support of Mr. and Ms. Desliens-Flint.

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