Benoît Sokal

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Benoît Sokal
Quai des Bulles 2010 - Benoît Sokal.jpg
Benoît Sokal, at the Quai des Bulles [fr] festival in Saint-Malo, 2010
Born (1954-06-28) 28 June 1954 (age 65)
Brussels, Belgium
Area(s)Writer, Artist, Colourist
Notable works
Inspector Canardo
Awardsfull list

Benoît Sokal (born 28 June 1954 in Brussels) is a Belgian comic artist and video game developer, best known for his comics series Inspector Canardo, and the adventure game series Syberia.


Benoît Sokal was born in Brussels in 1954.[1] He studied at the École Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc in Brussels, together with many contemporary Belgian comic artists like François Schuiten. He began drawing for À Suivre magazine in 1978. He created the Inspector Canardo series, featuring a depressed anthropomorphic duck detective with a penchant for cigarettes, alcohol and femmes fatales, before working on other titles.

Later he joined the software developer Microïds and designed the adventure games Amerzone, Syberia and Syberia II (published by Microids, the adventure game label of Anuman Interactive). He then founded his own game company, White Birds Productions, where he created the adventure game Paradise published through Ubisoft.


The cover of La Mort douce, an Inspector Canardo adventure originally published in 1982.
  • Inspector Canardo, 23 albums, 1981- ; Casterman
  • Sanguine, with Alain Populaire; 1988, Casterman
  • Silence, on tue!, with François Rivière [fr]; 1990, Nathan
  • Le Vieil Homme qui n'Écrivait Plus, 1996; Casterman
  • Syberia, 1 album, 2002; Casterman (sketches and drawings for the game Syberia)
  • Paradise, 2 albums, 2005-, artist Brice Bingono; Casterman

Video games[edit]



  1. ^ De Weyer, Geert (2005). "Benoît Sokal". In België gestript, pp. 162. Tielt: Lannoo.
  2. ^ [1] "Syberia 3" is a PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, iOS and Android adventure game due to be released in 2016.
  3. ^ Overview of the INA winners Archived 8 January 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ GameSpy site Archived 14 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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