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French Pacific Comic Book Festival

Join us at Palmerston North City Library on Friday 15 June to meet the illustrator & comic book artist Niko, and the author Sosthène, both from New Caledonia, for an in-depth talk about their works as illustrator and author!

Inspirations, processes, rough works, new challenges and more, come and listen to these two amazing artists!

During this event, Niko will also demonstrate the making of a digital live painting, and will start creating a cover book with comments and live explanations.

After the presentation, Nicolas & Sosthène will be happy to answer any question you may have (in French or in English), and a book signing will be held at the end of the event.

Drinks and nibbles will be available from 6.30 pm, the talk starts at 7 pm.

Free event, donations welcome​​.​

At an early age, Nicolas Martin (Niko) started drawing, having his first press illustrations published when he was 16. Since then, he has been an illustrator for newspapers and popular New Caledonian magazines. Niko is especially reknown for one of his comics, “Frimeurs des îles”(using “Aj’na" or Niko” as a signature) which is still one of the bestselling comics in New Caledonia, with more than 60,000 copies sold.

Before he began writing novels, Sosthène Desangestried different narrative registers. In 2008, he developed Chez Nadette, a series produced by Imag'inet for the television. The following year, he co-signed the adventures of Wouk le petit cagou. For the past 15 years he has also written the scenarios of the comic "Frimeurs des îles", sketched by Niko.

Check out this video for an overview of Nicola's digital work!