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7th Jul '14 11:18:07 AM TVRulezAgain
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[[caption-width-right:350:Bilal by himself.]]

Enki Bilal is a graphic artist of the French-Belgian comic books school. Born in Yugoslavia in 1951 from a Bosnian father and a Slovakian mother, he moved to France in 1960. In 1971, he started out in the world of comics by drawing political cartoons for the illustrated weekly ''Pilote''. After a stint at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in 1972 ''Pilote'' published his first story, "L'Appel des Etoiles" a.k.a. "Le Bol Maudit". He then worked with the magazine ''Metal Hurlant'' a.k.a. ''Heavy Metal'' alongside several science fiction writers and artists, including magazine co-founders {{Moebius}} and PhilippeDruillet.

He met Pierre Christin (scenarist of ''{{Valerian}}'') at ''Pilote'', and from then on the two men would collaborate on several stories: "The Cruise of Lost Souls", "Ship of Stone", "The Town that didn't exist", "The Black Order Brigade", and most famously "The Hunting Party". This seminal album, written in 1980, analyzed the systemic sclerosis of the Soviet Bloc and prophesized its imminent collapse.

It was also in 1980 that Bilal wrote and illustrated "The Carnival of Immortals", initially intended as a stand-alone album, but whose success would result in two sequels, "The Woman Trap" in 1986 and "Equator Cold" in 1993. The three albums form the Nikopol Trilogy.

On his own, he also wrote and drew ''The Monster's Tetralogy'', which first book anticipated somehow 9/11 in 1998... which is the publication date. Keep in mind enki bilal often takes three years to realise one single album.

While continuing to work primarily as a graphic artist and illustrator, Bilal has directed three movies, "Bunker Palace Hotel" in 1989 (a parable on the collapse of dictatorships), "Tykho Moon" in 1997, and ''Film/{{Immortal}}'' (based on the aforementioned "The Carnival of Immortals" and "The Woman Trap") in 2004.

As a bit of trivia, it's been theorised that [[TheRival Viral]] from ''GurrenLagann'' was named after him - "Bilal" and "Viral" would be pronounced the same in Japanese, Viral pilots a mecha called the Enki, and his {{Leitmotif}} is called "Nikopol".

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!!Bilal's works contain examples of the following tropes:

* BadassGrandpa: The heroes ''and'' the villains of "The Black Order Brigade".
* BittersweetEnding
* BloodSport: A homicidal version of ice hockey in "The Carnival of Immortals".
* {{BodySnatcher}}: horus in the "The Carnival of Immortals"...even a case of {{BodySurf}} until he finds Nkopol as a suitable host (which means one who can bare his possession without his brains explodind after a few hours). happens again in the sequel.
* {{Defictionalization}}: In "Equator Cold", Bilal invented a sport called Chess Boxing. It now [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_boxing exists]] in RealLife.
* HumanPopsicle: Alcide Nikopol, the main character of "The Carnival of Immortals" and "Equator Cold", was an astronaut who spent 30 years in cryogenic sleep and comes back to Earth as a FishOutOfTemporalWater.
* PhysicalGod: "The Carnival of Immortals" depicts the gods of the Egyptian pantheon, and Horus in particular, as physical beings.
* UsedFuture: Bilal's more futuristic stories take place in a dilapidated setting.
* WarsawPact: "The Hunting Party" is about an informal get-together of high-ranking officials from various Soviet satellites, and their bitter realization that the political system they have worked for all their lives is rotten to the core.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The characters of "The Black Order Brigade".
* WorldHalfEmpty

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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Bilal.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Bilal by himself.]]

Enki Bilal is a graphic artist of the French-Belgian comic books school. Born in Yugoslavia in 1951 from a Bosnian father and a Slovakian mother, he moved to France in 1960. In 1971, he started out in the world of comics by drawing political cartoons for the illustrated weekly ''Pilote''. After a stint at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in 1972 ''Pilote'' published his first story, "L'Appel des Etoiles" a.k.a. "Le Bol Maudit". He then worked with the magazine ''Metal Hurlant'' a.k.a. ''Heavy Metal'' alongside several science fiction writers and artists, including magazine co-founders {{Moebius}} and PhilippeDruillet.

He met Pierre Christin (scenarist of ''{{Valerian}}'') at ''Pilote'', and from then on the two men would collaborate on several stories: "The Cruise of Lost Souls", "Ship of Stone", "The Town that didn't exist", "The Black Order Brigade", and most famously "The Hunting Party". This seminal album, written in 1980, analyzed the systemic sclerosis of the Soviet Bloc and prophesized its imminent collapse.

It was also in 1980 that Bilal wrote and illustrated "The Carnival of Immortals", initially intended as a stand-alone album, but whose success would result in two sequels, "The Woman Trap" in 1986 and "Equator Cold" in 1993. The three albums form the Nikopol Trilogy.

On his own, he also wrote and drew ''The Monster's Tetralogy'', which first book anticipated somehow 9/11 in 1998... which is the publication date. Keep in mind enki bilal often takes three years to realise one single album.

While continuing to work primarily as a graphic artist and illustrator, Bilal has directed three movies, "Bunker Palace Hotel" in 1989 (a parable on the collapse of dictatorships), "Tykho Moon" in 1997, and ''Film/{{Immortal}}'' (based on the aforementioned "The Carnival of Immortals" and "The Woman Trap") in 2004.

As a bit of trivia, it's been theorised that [[TheRival Viral]] from ''GurrenLagann'' was named after him - "Bilal" and "Viral" would be pronounced the same in Japanese, Viral pilots a mecha called the Enki, and his {{Leitmotif}} is called "Nikopol".

----
!!Bilal's works contain examples of the following tropes:

* BadassGrandpa: The heroes ''and'' the villains of "The Black Order Brigade".
* BittersweetEnding
* BloodSport: A homicidal version of ice hockey in "The Carnival of Immortals".
* {{BodySnatcher}}: horus in the "The Carnival of Immortals"...even a case of {{BodySurf}} until he finds Nkopol as a suitable host (which means one who can bare his possession without his brains explodind after a few hours). happens again in the sequel.
* {{Defictionalization}}: In "Equator Cold", Bilal invented a sport called Chess Boxing. It now [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_boxing exists]] in RealLife.
* HumanPopsicle: Alcide Nikopol, the main character of "The Carnival of Immortals" and "Equator Cold", was an astronaut who spent 30 years in cryogenic sleep and comes back to Earth as a FishOutOfTemporalWater.
* PhysicalGod: "The Carnival of Immortals" depicts the gods of the Egyptian pantheon, and Horus in particular, as physical beings.
* UsedFuture: Bilal's more futuristic stories take place in a dilapidated setting.
* WarsawPact: "The Hunting Party" is about an informal get-together of high-ranking officials from various Soviet satellites, and their bitter realization that the political system they have worked for all their lives is rotten to the core.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The characters of "The Black Order Brigade".
* WorldHalfEmpty
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24th Mar '13 5:43:47 PM Morgenthaler
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22nd Feb '13 10:12:30 PM CaoCao
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Enki Bilal is a graphic artist of the French-Belgian comic books school. Born in Yugoslavia in 1951 from a Bosnian father and a Slovakian mother, he moved to France in 1960. In 1971, he started out in the world of comics by drawing political cartoons for the illustrated weekly ''Pilote''. After a stint at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in 1972 ''Pilote'' published his first story, "L'Appel des Etoiles" a.k.a. "Le Bol Maudit". He then worked with the magazine ''Metal Hurlant'' a.k.a. ''Heavy Metal'' alongside several science fiction writers and artists, including magazine co-founders {{Moebius}} and Philippe Druillet.

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Enki Bilal is a graphic artist of the French-Belgian comic books school. Born in Yugoslavia in 1951 from a Bosnian father and a Slovakian mother, he moved to France in 1960. In 1971, he started out in the world of comics by drawing political cartoons for the illustrated weekly ''Pilote''. After a stint at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in 1972 ''Pilote'' published his first story, "L'Appel des Etoiles" a.k.a. "Le Bol Maudit". He then worked with the magazine ''Metal Hurlant'' a.k.a. ''Heavy Metal'' alongside several science fiction writers and artists, including magazine co-founders {{Moebius}} and Philippe Druillet.
PhilippeDruillet.



* AdaptationDisplacement: "The Carnival of Immortals" is set in a [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian future]] Paris, but ''Immortal'' is set in a slightly less dystopian New York. but the movie is still written and directed by enki bilal himself.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: Most of his stories have an implicit or explicit political dimension.
22nd Feb '13 2:39:43 PM Morgenthaler
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* TrueArtIsOffensive: In the Monster tetralogy ("December 32nd" in particular), no one seems to care that Holeraw's art is made by killing people.
** CrossesTheLineTwice when he creates a noxious cloud that spreads death and destruction wherever it goes; the surviving critics give it glowing reviews.
22nd Sep '12 12:04:42 AM CaoCao
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Enki Bilal is a graphic artist of the French-Belgian comic books school. Born in Yugoslavia in 1951 from a Bosnian father and a Slovakian mother, he moved to France in 1960. In 1971, he started out in the world of comics by drawing political cartoons for the illustrated weekly ''Pilote'' (whose editor-in-chief was Creator/ReneGoscinny). After a stint at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in 1972 ''Pilote'' published his first story, "L'Appel des Etoiles" a.k.a. "Le Bol Maudit".
He then worked with the magazine "metal hurlant" after several science fiction writers and artists (including {{Moebius}}and {{PhilippeDruillet}} left pilote to crate there own magazine: the aforementionened "métal hurlant" (heavy metal for the english language relase).

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Enki Bilal is a graphic artist of the French-Belgian comic books school. Born in Yugoslavia in 1951 from a Bosnian father and a Slovakian mother, he moved to France in 1960. In 1971, he started out in the world of comics by drawing political cartoons for the illustrated weekly ''Pilote'' (whose editor-in-chief was Creator/ReneGoscinny).''Pilote''. After a stint at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in 1972 ''Pilote'' published his first story, "L'Appel des Etoiles" a.k.a. "Le Bol Maudit". \n He then worked with the magazine "metal hurlant" after ''Metal Hurlant'' a.k.a. ''Heavy Metal'' alongside several science fiction writers and artists (including {{Moebius}}and {{PhilippeDruillet}} left pilote to crate there own magazine: the aforementionened "métal hurlant" (heavy metal for the english language relase).
artists, including magazine co-founders {{Moebius}} and Philippe Druillet.



It was also in 1980 that Bilal wrote and illustrated "The Carnival of Immortals", initially intended as a stand-alone album, but whose success would result in two sequels, "The Woman Trap" in 1986 and "Equator Cold" in 1993.the three of them form the Nikopol trilogy.

On his own, he also wrote an drew "the monster's tetralogy", which first book anticipated somehow 9/11 in 1998...which is the publication date. Keep in mind enki bilal often takes three years to realise one single album.

While continuing to work primarily as a graphic artist and illustrator, Bilal has directed three movies, "Bunker Palace Hotel" in 1989 (a parable on the collapse of dictatorships), "Tykho Moon" in 1997, and ''Film/{{Immortal}}'' (based on the aforementioned "The Carnival of Immortals" and "The Woman Trap") in 2004. .

As a bit of trivia, it's been theorised that [[TheRival Viral]] from ''GurrenLagann'' was named after him - "Bilal" and "Viral" would be pronounced the same in Japanese, Viral pilots a mecha called the Enki, and his {{Leitmotif}} is called "Nikopol," while Bilal wrote the Nikopol Trilogy.

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It was also in 1980 that Bilal wrote and illustrated "The Carnival of Immortals", initially intended as a stand-alone album, but whose success would result in two sequels, "The Woman Trap" in 1986 and "Equator Cold" in 1993.the The three of them albums form the Nikopol trilogy.

Trilogy.

On his own, he also wrote an and drew "the monster's tetralogy", ''The Monster's Tetralogy'', which first book anticipated somehow 9/11 in 1998...1998... which is the publication date. Keep in mind enki bilal often takes three years to realise one single album.

While continuing to work primarily as a graphic artist and illustrator, Bilal has directed three movies, "Bunker Palace Hotel" in 1989 (a parable on the collapse of dictatorships), "Tykho Moon" in 1997, and ''Film/{{Immortal}}'' (based on the aforementioned "The Carnival of Immortals" and "The Woman Trap") in 2004. .

2004.

As a bit of trivia, it's been theorised that [[TheRival Viral]] from ''GurrenLagann'' was named after him - "Bilal" and "Viral" would be pronounced the same in Japanese, Viral pilots a mecha called the Enki, and his {{Leitmotif}} is called "Nikopol," while Bilal wrote the Nikopol Trilogy.
"Nikopol".
3rd Jul '12 11:26:56 AM DrawingGnome
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Enki Bilal is a graphic artist of the French-Belgian comic books school. Born in Yugoslavia in 1951 from a Bosnian father and a Slovakian mother, he moved to France in 1960. In 1971, he started out in the world of comics by drawing political cartoons for the illustrated weekly ''Pilote'' (whose editor-in-chief was Creator/ReneGoscinny). After a stint at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in 1972 ''Pilote'' published his first story, "L'Appel des Etoiles" a.k.a. "Le Bol Maudit". He the worked with the magazine "metal hurlant" after several science fiction writers and artists (includinfg {{"Moebius"}}, {{"PhilippeDruillet"}} left pilote to crate there own magazine: the aforementionened "métal hurlant" (heavy metal for the english language relase)

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Enki Bilal is a graphic artist of the French-Belgian comic books school. Born in Yugoslavia in 1951 from a Bosnian father and a Slovakian mother, he moved to France in 1960. In 1971, he started out in the world of comics by drawing political cartoons for the illustrated weekly ''Pilote'' (whose editor-in-chief was Creator/ReneGoscinny). After a stint at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in 1972 ''Pilote'' published his first story, "L'Appel des Etoiles" a.k.a. "Le Bol Maudit".
He the then worked with the magazine "metal hurlant" after several science fiction writers and artists (includinfg {{"Moebius"}}, {{"PhilippeDruillet"}} (including {{Moebius}}and {{PhilippeDruillet}} left pilote to crate there own magazine: the aforementionened "métal hurlant" (heavy metal for the english language relase)
relase).
3rd Jul '12 11:25:06 AM DrawingGnome
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Enki Bilal is a graphic artist of the French-Belgian comic books school. Born in Yugoslavia in 1951 from a Bosnian father and a Slovakian mother, he moved to France in 1960. In 1971, he started out in the world of comics by drawing political cartoons for the illustrated weekly ''Pilote'' (whose editor-in-chief was Creator/ReneGoscinny). After a stint at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in 1972 ''Pilote'' published his first story, "L'Appel des Etoiles" a.k.a. "Le Bol Maudit".

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Enki Bilal is a graphic artist of the French-Belgian comic books school. Born in Yugoslavia in 1951 from a Bosnian father and a Slovakian mother, he moved to France in 1960. In 1971, he started out in the world of comics by drawing political cartoons for the illustrated weekly ''Pilote'' (whose editor-in-chief was Creator/ReneGoscinny). After a stint at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in 1972 ''Pilote'' published his first story, "L'Appel des Etoiles" a.k.a. "Le Bol Maudit".
Maudit". He the worked with the magazine "metal hurlant" after several science fiction writers and artists (includinfg {{"Moebius"}}, {{"PhilippeDruillet"}} left pilote to crate there own magazine: the aforementionened "métal hurlant" (heavy metal for the english language relase)
3rd Jul '12 11:16:51 AM DrawingGnome
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It was also in 1980 that Bilal wrote and illustrated "The Carnival of Immortals", initially intended as a stand-alone album, but whose success would result in two sequels, "The Woman Trap" in 1986 and "Equator Cold" in 1993.

While continuing to work primarily as a graphic artist and illustrator, Bilal has directed three movies, "Bunker Palace Hotel" in 1989 (a parable on the collapse of dictatorships), "Tykho Moon" in 1997, and ''Film/{{Immortal}}'' (based on the aforementioned "The Carnival of Immortals" and "The Woman Trap") in 2004.

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It was also in 1980 that Bilal wrote and illustrated "The Carnival of Immortals", initially intended as a stand-alone album, but whose success would result in two sequels, "The Woman Trap" in 1986 and "Equator Cold" in 1993.

1993.the three of them form the Nikopol trilogy.

On his own, he also wrote an drew "the monster's tetralogy", which first book anticipated somehow 9/11 in 1998...which is the publication date. Keep in mind enki bilal often takes three years to realise one single album.

While continuing to work primarily as a graphic artist and illustrator, Bilal has directed three movies, "Bunker Palace Hotel" in 1989 (a parable on the collapse of dictatorships), "Tykho Moon" in 1997, and ''Film/{{Immortal}}'' (based on the aforementioned "The Carnival of Immortals" and "The Woman Trap") in 2004.
2004. .



* AdaptationDisplacement: "The Carnival of Immortals" is set in a [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian future]] Paris, but ''Immortal'' is set in a slightly less dystopian New York.

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* AdaptationDisplacement: "The Carnival of Immortals" is set in a [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian future]] Paris, but ''Immortal'' is set in a slightly less dystopian New York. but the movie is still written and directed by enki bilal himself.


Added DiffLines:

* {{BodySnatcher}}: horus in the "The Carnival of Immortals"...even a case of {{BodySurf}} until he finds Nkopol as a suitable host (which means one who can bare his possession without his brains explodind after a few hours). happens again in the sequel.
23rd Jun '12 5:59:20 AM FELH2
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Enki Bilal is a graphic artist of the French-Belgian comic books school. Born in Yugoslavia in 1951 from a Bosnian father and a Slovakian mother, he moved to France in 1960. In 1971, he started out in the world of comics by drawing political cartoons for the illustrated weekly ''Pilote'' (whose editor-in-chief was ReneGoscinny). After a stint at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in 1972 ''Pilote'' published his first story, "L'Appel des Etoiles" a.k.a. "Le Bol Maudit".

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Enki Bilal is a graphic artist of the French-Belgian comic books school. Born in Yugoslavia in 1951 from a Bosnian father and a Slovakian mother, he moved to France in 1960. In 1971, he started out in the world of comics by drawing political cartoons for the illustrated weekly ''Pilote'' (whose editor-in-chief was ReneGoscinny).Creator/ReneGoscinny). After a stint at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in 1972 ''Pilote'' published his first story, "L'Appel des Etoiles" a.k.a. "Le Bol Maudit".



* BloodSport: A homicidal version of ice hockey in "The Carnival of Immortals".

to:

* BloodSport: A homicidal version of ice hockey in "The Carnival of Immortals".



* PhysicalGod: "The Carnival of Immortals" depicts the gods of the Egyptian pantheon, and Horus in particular, as physical beings.
* TrueArtIsOffensive: In the Monster tetralogy ("December 32nd" in particular), no one seems to care that Holeraw's art is made by killing people.
** CrossesTheLineTwice when he creates a noxious cloud that spreads death and destruction wherever it goes; the surviving critics give it glowing reviews.

to:

* PhysicalGod: "The Carnival of Immortals" depicts the gods of the Egyptian pantheon, and Horus in particular, as physical beings.
beings.
* TrueArtIsOffensive: In the Monster tetralogy ("December 32nd" in particular), no one seems to care that Holeraw's art is made by killing people.
people.
** CrossesTheLineTwice when he creates a noxious cloud that spreads death and destruction wherever it goes; the surviving critics give it glowing reviews.
29th Jul '11 4:53:04 PM Lightice
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* TrueArtIsOffensive: In the Monster tetralogy ("December 32nd" in particular), no one seems to care that Holeraw's art is made by killing people.



* TrueArtIsOffensive: In the Monster tetralogy ("December 32nd" in particular), no one seems to care that Holeraw's art is made by killing people.
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