The Art Of La Bande Dessinée 


Presentation & discussion with comic illustrator nicolas martin


Monday 12 August, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Alliance Française de Melbourne 

Presentation & discussion in English


Book here       $15 or $10 for AFM members


Often referred to as the ‘ninth art’, the bande dessinée or ‘BD’ in France, represents an important medium that extends far beyond children’s bookshelves...

From the iconic Astérix, to more contemporary publications like L’Arabe du Futur, comic books have posited themselves as part of French national identity. The Alliance Française is delighted to welcome New Caledonian cartoonist Nicolas Martin for a discussion about life as a comic illustrator – or  bédéiste – and what is involved in creating a comic book. Nicolas, who has been publishing his comics since he was 16, will explain the process from the preliminary sketches to the final product, and will talk about what it means to be a comic illustrator in today’s digital age. The presentation will include live demonstrations, and plenty of time for audience questions!


About the presentation 

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Illustrating a comic book: from project to print – Nicolas will talk about the art and process of creating a comic book from the preliminary sketches to the final product -  including a live caricature demonstration!

7:30pm – 8:30pm: Illustrating in 2019: digital tools and new mediaNicolas will talk about what it is like to work as an illustrator in today’s world, demonstrating digital painting, and discussing new forms of illustration being used in social media and video games



About nicolas martin



Nicolas Yann Martin (otherwise known as Niko, or Aj’na) is a New Caledonian illustrator, comic book creator, and editorial cartoonist. He has been publishing editorial cartoons since he was 16 years old, and has worked extensively in story-boarding and illustration.

Since 2002, Nicolas has collaborated with Solo (Sosthène Desanges) on the successful series Frimeurs des Îles (“Island Hotshots”). To date, more than 60,000 copies have been published, across 10 albums. Since 2019 he has been writing and illustrating a new comic series called Cat’n Cookies which is currently being published in a weekly magazine and which will be published as its own album in 2020.  

Listen to Nicolas Martin's interview with SBS French:



Take home a signed copy!

Exceptionally we will be selling the 9th and 10th volume of his series Frimeurs des Îles (“Island Hotshots”) at the reception of the Alliance. Each book costs $20.


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