Christophe Ferreira

As a child, Christophe Ferreira would watch TV cartoons and try to draw them. A little further down the line, he'd practice on comic book albums that he'd borrow from the public library, namely "Spirou et Fantasio", "Léonard est un génie" and, of course, "Astérix." In 1991, he saw "Akira" in the cinema, and that was really what tipped the balance: he would study illustration. Not knowing that there were schools specialized in animation and comic books, he took up graphic design studies for advertising, but soon realized that it wasn't for him. He wanted to draw. Through his previous studies, he heard about the Gobelins school, and that changed everything. He sat the entrance exams for the animation department, where he ended up studying for two years. After that, he worked in animation in France for a few years, before going to Japan to work for various studios as an illustrator. He's now lived in Japan for years, and is lucky enough to have met people who've worked on films and series that have been a massive inspiration to him. Alex Alice tried to encourage Christophe to get into comic book art. He was introduced to Richard Marazano so that they could work together on a cartoon series project Christophe was developing at the time. The project was never completed, but the pair stayed friends. Marazano also pushed Christophe towards the comic book scene, but for many years, he felt it was too insurmountable a task, despite a fervent desire to try it out. Finally, after 15 years of Alice and Marazano chipping away at him, Christophe created his first comic book series with Marazano: "Monde de Milo" (Dargaud 2013, Europe Comics 2016 "Milo's World"), which was soon followed by another series in 2014, "Alcyon," also with Dargaud. Let's hope there'll be many more to come!