This is not the first time that the name Frédéric Richaud, a novelist and essay writer born in 1966 in the Vaucluse (France), has appeared on the cover of a comic book.
He was the co-writer of the series Le Maître de peinture with Makyo (Glénat, illustrated by Michel Faure).
He also adapted his own novel, La Ménagerie de Versailles under the title Le Peuple des endormis for Dupuis, illustrated by Didier Tronchet, and published La Prison (Glénat), with illustrations by Sicomoro. More recently he collaborated with artist Ivan Gil on the adaptation of The Battle (Dupuis 2012, Europe Comics 2015).
Following the success of this three-part series, Gil and Richaud then decided to produce a graphic novel account of Napoleon's disasterous Russian campaign in Berezina (Dupuis 2016, Europe Comics 2017).
Alongside these forays into the world of speech bubbles, Frédéric Richaud pursued a successful career as a literary man, which he began in the late '90s.
He published several biographies devoted to the writers Luc Dietrich, René Daumal, and Boris Vian, and regularly worked with many magazines (Le Figaro, Le Nouvel Observateur, L'Echo Savannah...). Richaud also made his mark with a number of works of fiction, including Monsieur le jardinier, La Passe au diable, and Jean-Jacques, all published by Grasset and translated all over the world.