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Guy Delisle

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Guy Delisle
Born (1966-01-19) January 19, 1966 (age 58)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Notable works
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
Burma Chronicles

Guy Delisle (/ɡi dəlil/, born January 19, 1966) is a Canadian cartoonist and animator, best known for his graphic novels about his travels, such as Shenzhen (2000), Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea (2003), Burma Chronicles (2007), and Jerusalem (2011).


Delisle studied animation at Sheridan College in Oakville, near Toronto, and then worked for the animation studio CinéGroupe in Montreal. He later worked for different studios in Canada, Germany, France, China and North Korea.

His experiences as a supervisor of animation work by studios in Asia were recounted in two graphic novels, Shenzhen (2000) and Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea (2003). The two books, Delisle's most famous work, were first published in French by the independent bande dessinée publisher L'Association. They have been translated into many languages, including Burmese, Croatian, Czech, English, Finnish, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish.[citation needed] A film version of Pyongyang starring Steve Carell was cancelled in December 2014 after the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack.[1]

Delisle is married to a Médecins Sans Frontières administrator.[2] With her, he made a trip to Myanmar (Burma) in 2005, which is recounted in Chroniques Birmanes (2007),[3] translated into English as Burma Chronicles.

In the summer of 2009, they completed a one-year stay in Beit Hanina, Jerusalem, again with Médecins Sans Frontières.[4] This stay was recounted in Chroniques de Jérusalem (2011) which won the Angoulême International Comics Festival Prize for Best Album in 2012.[5] Amongst other things it covered the Gaza War. In France, Chroniques de Jerusalem (English title: Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City) was a best-seller.[6]

In 2016, Delisle published S'enfuir. Récit d'un otage (Dargaud), translated into English as Hostage and published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2017.[7][8] The graphic novel depicts the true story of Christophe André, a Médecins Sans Frontières administrator who was kidnapped in the Caucasus Region in 1997.[7] Hostage was longlisted for Brooklyn Public Library's 2017 literary prize.[9]

Delisle resides in Montpellier, France.[10]


French language[edit]

  • Réflexion (L'Association, paperback, October 1996, ISBN 978-2909020723)
  • Aline et les autres (L'Association, paperback, April 1999, ISBN 978-2844140159)
  • Shenzhen (L'Association, paperback, April 2000, ISBN 978-2844140357)
  • Inspecteur Moroni 1 : Premiers pas (Dargaud, paperback, March 2001, ISBN 978-2205050813)
  • Albert et les autres (L'Association, paperback, June 2001, ISBN 978-2844140746)
  • Inspecteur Moroni 2 : Avec ou sans sucre (Dargaud, paperback, April 2002, ISBN 978-2205052565)
  • Comment ne rien faire (La Pastèque, paperback, August 2002, ISBN 978-2922585094; hardcover, November 2007, ISBN 978-2922585490)
  • Pyongyang (L'Association, paperback, June 2003, ISBN 978-2844141132)
  • Inspecteur Moroni 3 : Le Syndrome de Stockholm (Dargaud, paperback, July 2004, ISBN 978-2205055511)
  • Louis au ski (Delcourt, paperback, November 2005, ISBN 978-2847899702)
  • L'Association en Inde (L'Association, paperback, March 2007, ISBN 978-2844141958, with Frederik Peeters, Thiriet, Katja Tukiainen, and Matti Hagelberg)
  • Chroniques birmanes (Delcourt, paperback, November 2007, ISBN 978-2756009339)
  • Louis à la plage (Delcourt, paperback, August 2008, ISBN 978-2756014586)
  • La maison close (Delcourt, paperback, January 2010, ISBN 978-2756021348, with Jérôme Mulot, Florent Ruppert, et al.)
  • Chroniques de Jérusalem (Delcourt, paperback, November 2011, ISBN 978-2756025698)
  • Le guide du mauvais père tome 1 (Delcourt, paperback, January 2013, ISBN 978-2756038735)
  • Le guide du mauvais père tome 2 (Delcourt, paperback, January 2014, ISBN 978-2756047775)
  • Papier 4 (Delcourt, paperback, September 2014, ISBN 978-2756053103, with Lewis Trondheim, Grégory Panaccione, et al.)
  • Le guide du mauvais père tome 3 (Delcourt, paperback, January 2015, ISBN 978-2756066479)
  • Croquis de Québec (Pow Pow, paperback, August 2016, ISBN 978-2924049136)
  • S'enfuir. Récit d'un otage (Dargaud, paperback, September 2016, ISBN 978-2205075472)
  • Le guide du mauvais père tome 4 (Delcourt, paperback, June 2018, ISBN 978-2413002802)
  • Chroniques de jeunesse (Delcourt, paperback, January 2021, ISBN 978-2413039310)

English language translations[edit]


  1. ^ Amy Graff (December 18, 2014). "Steve Carell's North Korea movie axed after Sony hack". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on May 15, 2015. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  2. ^ Rogue statements: Guy Delisle's behind-the-scenes account of life in North Korea's capital almost didn't see the light of day Archived 2006-03-24 at the Wayback Machine, J. Kelly Nestruck, National Post, September 07, 2005.
  3. ^ Chroniques Birmanes - (Delisle / Delisle) - Romans Graphiques [BDnet.com] Archived 2008-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Guy Delisle sips snake bladders in Shenzhen - Interview with Guy Delisle. My New Chinese Love. September 2009. Archived 2010-01-27 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ La Presse Canadienne (2012-01-29). "Angoulême récompense le bédéiste québécois Guy Délisle" (in French). La Presse. Archived from the original on 2012-01-31. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  6. ^ Eva Blum Dumontet (February 23, 2012). "The graphic complexity of Israel, through the eyes of a cartoonist". Haaretz. Archived from the original on March 27, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Hostage by Guy Delisle". Drawn & Quarterly. Archived from the original on 9 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  8. ^ "S'enfuir. Récit d'un otage". Éditions Dargaud. Archived from the original on 9 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Brooklyn Public Library Announces 2017 Longlist For Third Annual Literary Prize". Brooklyn Public Library. Archived from the original on 9 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  10. ^ France3 and AFP (January 31, 2015). "Le dessinateur montpelliérain Guy Delisle va passer du cocon familial à la Tchétchénie". France3. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 14, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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