Jean-David Morvan, patron of the Atomium Prizes

Jean-David Morvan's bio

Born in Reims in 1969, Jean-David Morvan is a French comic book writer.

After earning his baccalaureate in philosophy and plastic arts, he went off to study comic books at the Saint-Luc School in Brussels (1989) for a few months and then went on to the Brussels Fine Arts Academy. At first he was more focused on drawing before definitively trading his brushes for a writer's pen.

He was still in Brussels when he was asked to produce his first comic book with Sylvain Savoia. He quit school in order to devote himself to a successful launch of his new adventure.

Zenda, Glénat, and Delcourt were the first publishers to give him a chance. But it was the publication of the "Wake" series (1998) with Delcourt Publishing (with Philippe Buchet illustrating) that brought him name recognition with readers as a writer. To this day "Wake" remains his best-seller: 19 volumes plus spin-offs, more than two million copies sold in France and 15 foreign translations. With Buchet, he won the best youth comic book prize in 2006 and 2008 at the Angoulême Festival.

Since then he has worked with several publishers, not just European, but Asian and American as well. We might mention, for example, the original Wolverine stories (Saudade, at Marvel) and a collaboration with Kamui Fujiwara, which appeared as a live manga in Japan. He works with authors from all over the world for France, especially Taniguchi Jiroh ("My Year" at Dargaud). He has some 250 albums to his credit.

Another Belgian story: between 2004 and 2009 he continued the series "Spirou and Fantasio" at Dupuis Publishing with Jose-Luis Munuera.

Jean-David Morvan is also the series editor for several European publishers.

THE JEAN-DAVID MORVAN SALON

Jean-David Morvan will be on hand in his salon throughout the Brussels Comic Strip Festival. He will do what he usually does: He will work from his couch, use social media every which way, discuss his work, and interview his main contributors. His contributors will come and show him (as well as the audience) their new panels, answer questions, improvise autograph sessions and other spectacular performances. Don't forget to stop by and have a coffee with Morvan from 1 to 3 September… in his living-room!
 

FRIDAY 1 SEPTEMBER

3:00 PM: Raymond Leblanc Prize Master Class for Leblanc Prize candidates with Daniel Couvreur (Le Soir), Frederic Ronsse (Boekshop Flagey), Gauthier Van Merbeeck (Le Lombard's publishing director), Thierry Tinlot (editor)
3:00 PM: drawing show Kim Jung Gi – BOZAR, E5 - Drawing Show Room
5:30 PM: MAGNUM PHOTOS/Aire LIBRE collection: combining photojournalism and comics with José-Louis Bocquet (assistant publishing director, Dupuis), Clément Saccomani (Noor Agency director, former publishing director of the Magnum Photos agency), Kim JungGi (author), Thierry Tinlot (editor)

And in signing sessions: Kim Jung Gi, Séverine Tréfouel, Rey Macutey.
 

SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

11:00 AM: About Mao Zedong with Rafael Ortiz (author)
12:00 PM: drawing show Kim Jung Gi – BOZAR, E5 - Drawing Show Room
12:00 PM: Poland, matters of democracy with Marzena Sowa (author), Gregorz Rosinski (author), Piotr Rosinski (literary agent), Jurek Kuczkiewicz (journalist at SOIR), David Evrard (author), Severine Trefouel (author) et Nicolas Anspach (moderator).
2:00 PM: The Korean invasion has begun! with Kim Jung Gi (author), YoonGin Choi (author), Jean-Christophe Caurette (Superani)
3:30 PM: Rosinski live painting - BOZAR, E5 - Drawing Show Room (until 5:00PM)
5:30 PM: drawing show Kim Jung Gi – BOZAR, E5 - Drawing Show Room
5:30 PM: Morvan and his ecosystem: welcome to my show, my friends! with Sylvain Savoia (author), Rey Macutey (author), Severine Trefouel (author) Cédric Illand (editor)

And in signing sessions: Rafael Ortiz, Kim Jung Gi, Rey Macutey, David Evrard, Séverine Tréfouel, Sylvain Savoia, Jose-Luis Munuera.
 

SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER

11:00 AM: have some more Spirou and Fantasio: what an adventure! with Jose-Luis Munuera (author), Boris Demaria (author)
12:30 PM : Glénat Comics avec Olivier Jalabert (editor), Eloise de la Maison (community manager)
1:00 PM: drawing show Kim Jung Gi – BOZAR, E5 - Drawing Show Room
2:00 PM: adapting Barjavel with Rey Macutey (author)
3:30 PM: Savoia worked with other writers besides me, the bastard! with Sylvain Savoia
4:00 PM: drawing show Kim Jung Gi – BOZAR, E5 - Drawing Show Room

And in signing sessions: Rafael Ortiz, Kim Jung Gi, Rey Macutey, David Evrard, Séverine Tréfouel, Sylvain Savoia, Jose-Luis Munuera
 

Jean-David Morvan's presidency

Jean-David Morvan straddles different worlds. Since he is at the crossroads of different cultures and markets, he is the ideal person to preside over the first edition of the Atomium Prizes, which will be awarded at BOZAR. He is also the president of the Raymond Leblanc Young Authors Prize, succeeding Derib, Jean Van Hamme, Olivier Grenson,  Frédéric Jannin, Johan De Moor, Zidrou, Jose-Luis Munuera, Stephen Desberg,  Jean Dufaux, and Dany.