David B (Comics)

David B. was one of the initiators of the French alternative editorial house L’Association, and is now well-known among the French comics audience. After his Applied Arts studies, David B. had his first publications in magazines such as Chic, Circus, Okapi and A Suivre. Among his early creations are ‘Le Timbre Maudit’, a story published in Okapi, and the mini-series ‘Zèbre’ in Chic. As a scenarist, he cooperated with Olivier Legan on ‘Pas de Samba pour Capitaine Tonnerre’, an album published by Glénat in 1985.

After he co-founded L’Association in 1990, he began using the pseudonym David B. and specialized in short black-and-white stories, detailing nightmarish dreams, collected in the album ‘Le Cheval Blême’ in 1992. As powerful as his dream imagery is in itself, it is amplified by his masterful use of black and white drawings. In L’Association’s magazine Lapin, he published serials like ‘Le Prophète Voilé’, ‘Le Jardin Armé’ and ‘Le Voyage de l’Est’. Beauchard is biggest claim to fame is autobiographical series ‘L’Ascension du Haut-Mal’, which was published in six books between 1996 and 2003 and earned him the highest praise from comics critics.

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