French cartoonist and film director
Riad Sattouf (born May 5, 1978) is a French cartoonist, comic artist, and film director.
- I waited so long to tell this story partly because when I started to make comics I didn’t want to be the guy of Arab origin who makes comics about Arab people…I didn’t want to be the official Arab comics artist. So I made a lot of comics in France which weren’t related to this part of me. I made a movie. But even during all that other work, I was thinking I have this good story, how could I tell it?
- On his delay to write The Arab of the Future in “Riad Sattouf interview: ‘I didn’t want to be the guy of Arab origin who makes comics about Arab people’” in The Guardian (2016 Sep 30)
- So the reader thinks: “My God, this man is saying horrible things in front of a child!”…It’s more sincere ... I wanted to try to describe the dark side and the positive side – if there was a positive side – all together ... I wanted to express the paradox that was in my father between modernity and tradition. It is a very common and human paradox. How can you be modern and progressive and still respect ancestral tradition? It generates conflict in the mind, I think.
- On writing the father character in The Arab of the Future in “Riad Sattouf interview: ‘I didn’t want to be the guy of Arab origin who makes comics about Arab people’” in The Guardian (2016 Sep 30)
- I don’t want to read modern comics, comics that are made today. I take care not to read too many contemporary comics, because I’m afraid it will influence me. Or it will complex me in a way. I see someone doing something great and I will say, “Oh, my god, I am shit — what am I doing?” So I prefer not to read them. Sometimes, when it appears to be incredible, I will read it — but I’m very afraid of reading modern comics. I read only old things and things I liked when I was young…
- On studying older rather than contemporary comics in “The Future is Here: An Interview with Riad Sattouf, Author of ‘The Arab of the Future’” in Los Angeles Review of Books (2017 Jan 31)
- I tried not to generalize. But a lot of guys are like my father. He came from a poor family — the gap between where he started and where he ended up as a doctor was too big, and he was thinking he had a destiny! He was a little bit crazy. And he was so proud of this. He also hated Israel. It was a huge humiliation for him and his friends — the defeats by Israel. It was like a personal defeat. So he hated the United States, of course; he hated Europe because they had good relations with Israel. It was, like, biblical. As if Europe and the United States prefer the Jew to the Arab. And he wanted to say, “But I am as intelligent as them.” It was very strange.
- On trying not to generalize when writing the father character in The Arab of the Future in “The Future is Here: An Interview with Riad Sattouf, Author of ‘The Arab of the Future’” in Los Angeles Review of Books (2017 Jan 31)