Hippolyte resides in Reunion but was born and raised in the Alps, where he got his interest in comics by reading old American comic books. He studied arts at the École Emile Cohl in Lyon, where his teachers were Yves Got, Lax and Nicollet. He developed a personal graphic style with “scratch card” techniques, that was already evident in his debut comic book Monsieur Paul (Alain Beaulet Editeur, 2002). He gained success with his adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, that was published in two volumes by Vents d’Ouest in 2003 and 2004.
He is an avid traveller. In 2008 he headed for the Senegalese fisher’s village, Saly to visit his father. He chronicled his experiences in a comic report that mixes photography and drawings, L’Afrique de papa, for the famous Revue XXI.
He has continued to do work for XXI, including Les enfants de Kinshasa (about children accused of witchcraft), Bataye Kok (about cockfighting in Reunion) and La Fantaisie des Dieux (about the Rwandan genocide).
Our thanks to the French Institute for their support
Image by Romain Philippon