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Lu Ming, cartoonist and illustrator, ambassador of Croisements Festival 2017

Lu Ming, cartoonist and illustrator, ambassador of Croisements Festival 2017

Born in 1982 in Beijing and graduate of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, the cartoonist and illustrator Lu Ming is considered the representative of Chinese realist comics.

His work, published in many countries, combines Chinese and traditional Chinese elements. The first Chinese illustrator to win a Gold Lion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, he has been a publicist, director and producer of animated short films and has also worked as a designer for Tsui Hark, the Hong Kong director of action films. Invited to France for numerous festivals, including the festivals of Angoulême and Grenoble, Lu Ming is the author of Hard Melody (Mosquito). 

 

Faguowenhua : Can you tell us about your relationship with France and French culture? 

Lu Ming : I went to France for the first time in 2006 and was immediately taken by it. God, if he exists, really spoiled this country by giving it such beautiful landscapes! I appreciate French culture and the French, who for the most part know how to appreciate art. This is the nicest thing about France for me. I’ve made a lot of good friends, among them my editors, readers, music partners, as well as plenty of strangers met in bars. At each signing session, I enjoy signing my drawings wholeheartedly and with great sincerity. This shows my respect for those who know how to admire art. I have toured with rock groups I met in France and have strong memories of these times. One day I was told that we would play at the Olympia. I didn’t know what it meant until after the concert when I was shown a photo of our group among all the famous bands that had played there!

Faguowenhua : Why did you agree to become an ambassador of the Croisements festival?

Lu Ming : Because it's cool ; )

Faguowenhua : You participated in the Angoulême Festival and the Grenoble Festival. Do you have any stories to share with us?

Lu Ming : Four of my books were released in France. I love signing my work there! The festival of Angoulême was fantastic, but I also like small festivals. What I like most is exchanges with the public, especially during signing sessions. One time in France, a reader came up to tell me that he had cried while reading my book Hard Melody. It was an enormous encouragement for me. With Hard Melody, I wanted to give the impression of a black and white documentary about urban Chinese youth. This book was released in China in a very restricted environment but deeply touched young Chinese readers. 

I felt the same during my trip to Grenoble last year. The highlights are always the signing sessions. This will be the subject of my next book. Since I have to make a drawing for each reader, why not create a comic out of all these drawings? I draw a piece of history on one reader's album, then another one on the book of the second reader. All these "plots of history" lead to a complete history. This is the idea of my next book, Lonely Arslan, which will talk about loneliness and love.

 The three "coups de cœur" of Lu Ming

Graphic Novel Festival
Trax, 20 years of electro music
Cine-concert : Things to Come

They support Croisements festival

Cui Jian, composer and singer, ambassador of Croisements Festival
Wang Yabin, dancer and choreogapher, ambassador of Croisements festival
Sui Jianguo, sculptor, ambassador of Croisements festival
Jia Zhangke, cinematographer and director, ambassador of Croisements festival

 

 

 

     

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