London’s Institut français offers special “French Comics Drink & Draw” event

The Institut français, London is hosting a special French Comics Drink & Draw event next week, in partnership with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.Unleash the artist within, learn a thing or two about drawing and enjoy a tipple on this inspiring sketching social. 

Meet France’s best graphic novelists Jul’ Maroh (Blue is the Warmest Colour), Boulet (NotesDonjon) and Sébastien Verdier (Orwell with Pierre Christin), before they steal the show at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal (15th – 17th October).

Join them for a unique Drink and Draw, where they will draw, where you will draw, where everybody will drink! All levels welcome!

• French Comics Drink & Draw 7.00pm Thursday 14th October, Institut français, London | In English and French | £7 non-members, £5 members (incl. a drink

• Lakes International Comic Art Festival: – 15th – 17th October 2021, Kendal, Cumbria

Illustrations (from left to right): Le bleu est une couleur chaude © Jul Maroh, Orwell © Sébastien Verdier and Pierre Christin, Donjon © Boulet 


Boulet is the pen name for Gilles Roussel, a French cartoonist living in Paris.

He has published about 20 books, most of them for young readers. He has also worked on two books of the “Dungeon” series with Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar, available in English.

He was among the first French cartoonists to become famous by publishing a blog BD –, which he started way back in 2004, and has since drawn more than 1600 entries.

• Boulet is online at: | Twitter: @Bouletcorp | Instagram: @Bouletcorp| Facebook: @Bouletcorp


Jul Maroh is a French writer and illustrator of graphic novels, perhaps best known for writing Le Bleu Est Une Couleur Chaude (“Blue is the Warmest Colour“), published by Glénat in 2010, a romantic story about the life and love of two young lesbians.

The graphic novel was adapted into the film Blue Is the Warmest Colour in 2013 by Abdelatif Kechiche.

In 2015, Jul published City & Gender, a collection of short stories taking place in anonymous contemporary western cities. Other graphic novels include Body Music – a “bittersweet graphic novel on the complexities of love” and You Brought Me The Ocean in 2020.

• Jul Maroh is online at | Instagram: @julmaroh


Sébastien Verdier is a French comic artist who became a cartoonist thanks to François Corteggiani, who created the story, Ultimate Agency, in 2003, pulished over tow volumes – Le requiem des chiens galeux and Trois tondus et un pelé.

When François became Editor in Chief of PIF magazine, he introduced Sébastien to Pierre Christin, so that he could work with him to create short stories about a team of TV journalists.

Subsequently he collaborated with Pierre Christin with the release of Rencontre sur las Transssaharienne, published in 2014, and Orwell, in 2019, published in English by SelfMadeHero earlier this year.

• French Comics Drink & Draw 7.00pm Thursday 14th October, Institut français, London | In English and French | £7 non-members, £5 members (incl. a drink)