Saturday, October 16, 2010
Édika is the nom de plume of Édouard Karali, a French comics artist, born December 17, 1940 in Heliopolis, Egypt, who is renowned for his distinctively absurd style. A number of his comic strips have been translated into English (published by Knockabout Comics), Spanish, Italian (in the magazine Totem comics), German (published by Alpha Comics) and Swedish (published by Epix).
Initially working for the advertising industry in Egypt, he moved to France where his works were published in the comics magazines Pilote, Charlie Mensuel and Psikopat, the magazine of his brother Paul Carali. A major milestone in his career as a comics artist was his cooperation with Gotlib, becoming a main contributor to the comics magazine Fluide Glacial.
A typical Edika comics episode involves a plot structured in a complex and often inconsequential fashion, filled with verbose dialogues and a lot of meta-references. Most of those episodes don't have an ending.
Édika, together with Marcel Gotlib, is one of the main authors of the satirical magazine Fluide Glacial. Born in Egypt, Édika started his career in advertising illustration, but soon published in the renowned French comic magazines Charlie Mensuel and Fluide Glacial. He found his true home base in the latter magazine. His work also appeared in Pilote and his brother Paul Carali's Psikopat. Édika is known for his strange and absurd humor, which makes him one of the true masters of French humor. His work is collected in several albums, such as 'Débiloff Profondikum', 'Pyjama Blouze', 'Melon Bago' and 'Pom-Pom-Pidou-Waah'.