Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Carnival of Immortals : Enki Bilal

Enes Bilal (born October 7, 1951) is a French comic book creator, comics artist and film director.

Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, to a Slovak mother and a Bosnian father who had been Josip Broz Tito's tailor, he moved to Paris at the age of 9. At age 14, he met René Goscinny and with his encouragement applied his talent to comics. He produced work for Goscinny's comics magazine Pilote in the 1970s, publishing his first story, Le Bal Maudit, in 1972.

In 1975, Bilal began working with script writer Pierre Christin on a series of dark and surreal tales, resulting in the body of work titled Légendes d'Aujourd'hui.

He is best known for the Nikopol trilogy (La Foire aux Immortels, La Femme Piège and Froid Équateur), which took more than a decade to complete.

The Carnival of Immortals (Original: La Foire aux Immortels) is a science fiction graphic novel from 1980 and is one of the best Comic works ever .

It is the first part of the Nikopol Trilogy, followed up by La Femme piege (The Woman Trap) in 1986 and ending with Froid Equateur (Equator Cold) in 1992.

In 2004, Bilal directed the film adaptation Immortel (Ad Vitam), although many plot elements were changed from the comic book.


Set in the year 2023, the book follows Alcide Nikopol return to Paris after spending 30 years frozen in space as a punishment for dodging the draft.

The Paris he once knew is now ruled by fascist dictator J. F. Choublanc, the city is swarming with aliens, decaying and succumbing to chaos.

At the same time, a flying pyramid shaped space craft is hovering over Paris.

It is inhabited by Egyptian mythology|Egyptian gods who ask for fuel from the local authorities, as their pyramid vessel has run out of gas.

In return for this service Choublanc wants immortality from the gods. One renegade god, Horus, meets up with the disillusioned Nikopol in the rapid transit| Metro, and Nikopol agrees to allow Horus control of his body.

Together they go on a journey to oppose the corrupt and megalomaniacal powers of the 21st century.



La Foire aux immortels (The Carnival of Immortals, 1980)
La Femme piège (The Woman Trap, 1986)
Froid Équateur (Equator Cold, 1992)

Released In Greece :

1. The Carnival of Immortals - "Η ΓΙΟΡΤΗ ΤΩΝ ΑΘΑΝΑΤΩΝ" : Εditor : Ars Longa Παρά Πέντε 1983
2. The Woman Trap - "Η ΓΥΝΑΙΚΑ ΠΑΓΙΔΑ" : Εditor : Βαβέλ 1986

3. Equator Cold - "ΙΣΗΜΕΡΙΝΟ ΨΥΧΟΣ" : Εditor : Βαβέλ 1993

4. The Hunting Party - "ΠΑΡΤΙΔΑ ΚΥΝΗΓΙΟΥ" : Εditor : Βαβέλ 1988

5. Le Sommeil du monstre - "Ο ΥΠΝΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΤΕΡΑΤΟΣ" : Εditor :
6. 32 Décembre (December 32, 2003) - "32 ΔΕΚΕΜΒΡΗ" : Εditor : ΜΑΜΟΥΘΚΟΜΙΞ 2003

7. Exterminateur 17 (Exterminator 17, written by Jean-Pierre Dionnet) - "ΕΞΟΛΟΘΡΕΥΤΗΣ Ε 17" : Εditor : ΜΑΜΟΥΘΚΟΜΙΞ 2003

8. Rendez-vous à Paris - "ΡΑΝΤΕΒΟΥ ΣΤΟ ΠΑΡΙΣΙ" : Εditor : ΜΑΜΟΥΘΚΟΜΙΞ 2006

Εγώ αυτά τα αλπουμάκια έχω φιλαράκια μου , θα΄θελα να έχω περισσότερα ,
αλλά δεν βρίσκονται και εύκολα !

A! Εχω και " ΤΟ ΠΛΙΤΣ " που κυκλοφόρησε απο το Κομικ " Η ΕΠΟΜΕΝΗ ΜΕΡΑ " τεύχος 1 - Μάϊος 1985 ( ΔΡΧ 200 )

1 comment:

  1. We are all "The SPIRIT of Nikopol" then, now and forever... thank you Enki Bilal for freeing me from the prison to which I was assigned.