Europe in comics

On the occasion of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l’Image, wished to return to the history of European construction in comic strips.

The thirteen pages of comic strips that make up this exhibition highlight key events in the history of the European Union.

From Robert Schuman’s first declaration in the Salle de l’Horloge of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 9 May 1950, to the first launch of a European rocket into space, to the recent agreement on the Recovery Plan for Europe in July 2020, “Europe in comics” will show you the great moments that built the Europe we know today.

The exhibition will be installed at the bars of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, at 37 quai d’Orsay, from May 6.

After a passage to the cinema, Kokopello infiltrated the 2017 presidential campaign with his sketchbook, alongside activists from different political parties. Later, he acquires a pass which allows him to move freely in the corridors of the National Assembly, crunching the daily life of the deputies in comic strips. In 2021, Dargaud Le Seuil editions publish its first comic strip, Palais Bourbon: behind the scenes of the National Assembly.

Matthew Fir, author and illustrator of comic strips, creates illustrated reports (such as the Presidential Campaign and French Comedy) where he questions the notion of power and writes stories for young people with other authors (Akissi with Marguerite Abouet and Sardine de l’Espace with Emmanuel Guibert). He even created his own superhero: Supermurgeman! (In French, “murge” means drinking!) He also made a comedy about the world of politics called Le Poulain (“The Protégé”).

Colorist Clemence Sapin.

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