Yvan Alagbé: Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures on the art floor
Monday April 9: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Many in the world of comics will know the name Yvan Alagbé. His inventive and deeply personal work is recognizable in the world of alternative comics. Now, his story collection Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures is available for the first time in English. Raw and topical, the title story follows Alain, a Beninese immigrant in Paris who does his best to care for his family, all while navigating a strange relationship of fixation and repulsion with retired French Algerian police officer Mario. With striking mark-making and powerful visual storytelling characteristic of Yvan, this collection is a must own for comic aficionados.
Join us in the second floor art department at Yvan Alagbé talks about his work in comics with author and art director Kristen Radtke!
Yvan Alagbé was born in Paris and spent three years of his youth in West Africa. He returned to study mathematics and physics at the Université de Paris-Sud, where he met Olivier Marboeuf. Alagbé and Marboeuf founded a contemporary visual arts review called L’oeil carnivore and the magazine Le Chéval sans tête (“The Headless Horse”), which gained a cult following for its publication of innovative graphic art and comics. Labeling these artistic collaborations as “Dissidence Art Work,” Alagbé and Marboeuf soon founded their own publishing house, Amok, drawing from the material serialized in Le Chéval, including the first version of Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures. In 2001, Amok partnered with the publishing group Fréon to establish the Franco-Belgian collaboration Frémok, now a major European graphic novels publisher. Alagbé lives in Paris.
Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This (Pantheon, 2017), which was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick and a best book of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Forbes, Buzzfeed, and many other places. She is the art director and New York editor of The Believer magazine.