Boulet, the pen name for Gilles Roussel (French pronunciation: [bulɛ] (listen)), is a French comic book creator and cartoonist born 1 February 1975 in Meaux, France. He was among the first French cartoonists to become famous by publishing a blog BD, starting in July 2004.
Gilles Roussel in 2010
1 February 1975
|Area(s)||Cartoonist, Writer, Artist|
Roussel studied art at the Graduate School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. In 2001, he published his first comic strip, Raghnarok. He then started a cartoon blog on the internet in July 2004, which made him well known in France. Since then, he has worked for French comics strip magazine Tchô ! and Psikopat, and on many others as an author or cartoonist. He replaced Lewis Trondheim as cartoonist of the comic strip Donjon Zénith.
The drawings from his blog were first published in 2008, entitled "Notes". Seven volumes have been published as of December 2012.
He started an English version of his blog in November 2009, where he republished all of his posts from the French blog from its start in 2004 in chronological order, at the rate of three posts per week.
In 2017, Boulet started a collaboration with the publisher Delcourt in order to produce Project Octopus, a collection of scientific comic books evoking subjects as diverse as the exploration of Mars to philosophy. Four to five books a year are planned to be released under this project. These books are written and drawn by artists such as Florence Porcel, Erwann Surcouf, and Héloïse Chochois, but are edited by Boulet.
- Raghnarok T1 : Dragon Junior, published by Glénat, 2001 ISBN 2-7234-3416-8
- Raghnarok T2 : Fées et gestes, published by Glénat, 2002 ISBN 2-7234-3695-0
- Raghnarok T3 : Terreurs de la nature, published by Glénat, 2003 ISBN 2-7234-4199-7
- Raghnarok T4 : Légendes urbaines, published by Glénat, 2005 ISBN 2-7234-4679-4
- Raghnarok T5 : Tempus fugit, published by Glénat, 2007 ISBN 978-2-7234-5404-9
- Raghnarok T6 : Casus Belli, published by Glénat, 2009 ISBN 978-2-7234-6309-6
- La Rubrique Scientifique T1, published by Glénat, 2002 ISBN 2-7234-4006-0
- La Rubrique Scientifique T2, published by Glénat, 2004 ISBN 2-7234-4200-4
- La Rubrique Scientifique T3, published by Glénat, 2005 ISBN 2-7234-5094-5
- Womoks T1 : Mutant suspends ton vol ! with Reno, published by Glénat, 2001 ISBN 2-7234-3570-9
- Womoks T2 : Le Croiseur s'amuse with Reno, published by Glénat, 2002 ISBN 2-7234-3776-0
- Womoks T3 : Albon, les brutes et les truands with Reno, published by Glénat, 2004 ISBN 2-7234-4202-0
- Le vœu de Marc with Nicolas Wild and Lucie Albon, published by La boîte à bulles, 2005 ISBN 2-84953-028-X
- Le vœu de Simon with Lucie Albon, published by La boîte à bulles, 2007 ISBN 978-2-84953-042-9
- Le Miya with Reno and Libon, published by Glénat, 2005 ISBN 2-7234-5206-9
- Donjon Zénith T5 : Un mariage à part, published by Delcourt, 2006 ISBN 2-84055-734-7
- Donjon Zénith T6 : Retour en fanfare, published by Delcourt, 2007 ISBN 978-2-7560-0596-6
- Notes T1 : Born to be a larve (July 2004 - July 2005), collection Shampooing, published by Delcourt, 2008
- Notes T2 : Le petit théâtre de la rue (July 2005 - July 2006), collection Shampooing, published by Delcourt, 2009
- Notes T3 : La viande, c'est la force (July 2006 - July 2007), collection Shampooing, published by Delcourt, 2009
- Notes T4 : Songe est Mensonge (July 2007 - July 2008), collection Shampooing, published by Delcourt, 2010
- Erik le Viking, author Terry Jones, Fantasy collection, published by Bragelonne, 2008 ISBN 2-35294-234-9
- Soupir with Laurel, Erwann Surcouf, Cha, Arthur De Pins, published by Nekomix, 2006
- Boule de neige with Lewis Trondheim, Mathieu Sapin and Lisa Mandel published by Delcourt, 2007
- Nekomix 7 with Erwann Surcouf, Phicil, Drac, Tomatias, Amandine, published by Nekomix, 2008
- Chicou Chicou with Lisa Mandel / Juan, Aude Picault / Claude, Domitille Collarday / Frédé, Erwann Surcouf / Fern and Boulet / Ella, published by Delcourt, 2008
- "La page blanche" with Pénélope Bagieu and Boulet, published by Delcourt, 2013
- "Alexa shows "online since : 21 July 2001"". Alexa.com. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
- "Festiblog 2011 = Festival des Blogs BD et du Webcomics -> Festival de la BD numérique et de la BD du web: 02) Festiblogs 2005 à 2010". Festival-blogs-bd.com. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
- "Dessin du 3 septembre 2008 du blog de Boulet". Retrieved 2011-08-15.
- 24h of Montreal Archived April 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- "English version". Bouletcorp.com. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
- Lachasse, Jérôme (2017-04-16). "Boulet présente Octopus, sa nouvelle collection savante: "L'émerveillement est au cœur du projet"". BFM TV.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Boulet.|
- An interview with G. Roussel (in French)
- interview at the Paris book festival (Salon du livre de Paris) (in French)