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Cyril Pedrosa

Cyril Pedrosa

Born in 1972 in Poitiers, Cyril Pedrosa was a huge comic book fan during his childhood and adolescence. At the time he was leaning towards studying science. However after some trial and error that led him to follow a preparatory class at one of the major schools and winning a competition at the School of Applied Arts (Olivier-De-Serres), he ended up taking an animation course at Gobelins, a Parisian establishment dedicated to mastering images. At the same time he worked at The Goinfre fanzine.

From 1996 to 1998 he was working two jobs. He was in charge of providing intermediate illustrations for Walt Disney studios in Montreuil (Seine St Denis), as well as working on the sketches for The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Afterwards, as an assistant animator he worked on the feature animation Hercules. There he acquired a speed of execution and a sense of movement that would serve him well in the future.His meeting with writer David Chauvel changed everything, ultimately bringing about his conversion to comics. The two of them created Ring Circus (Delcourt, tetralogy completed in 2004).

Between 2004 and 2006 they created space-time adventures of Shaolin Moussaka.

Meanwhile between 2004 and 2007, alongside Cassinelli and Holbe, he ran, a free comic website. He also participated in various collaborative works published by Delcourt (La Fontaine aux Fables, Volume 1, Francis Cabrel Les Beaux-Dessins, Paroles Sans-papiers, Premières fois).

In 2006 and 2007 his own work Cœurs solitaires was included in the Expresso collection by Dupuis, and Trois ombres in the Shampooing collection by Delcourt.

Pedrosa has a very free drawing style; he uses his drawings like a form of writing, favoring long, virtually silent, narrative sequences.

Also in 2007, he once again went into collaboration with Chauvel, with whom he turned his attention towards a younger audience with the series Brigade Fantôme for the Punaise collection at Dupuis.

At around the same time, he started drawing mischievious caricatures of certain 'eco' behaviours in Auto bio, in the monthly Fluide glacial magazine. He then produced Portugal (Europe Comics 2015, NBM 2017) and Les Equinoxes (Equinoxes, NBM 2016, Eisner-nominated), two stunning graphic novels released by Dupuis in 2011 and 2015, respectively.