From three stars of French comics, animation, and video games (Bastien Vivès, Balak, and Michaël Sanlaville), comes a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens series with Last Man.
An action-packed, martial arts fantasy adventure, this is the story of Richard Aldana, who travels between alternate worlds to fight in tournaments against opponents who wield magic. Along the way, he assists Adrian and Marianne, a son and mother fighting duo, for mysterious reasons that propel them to follow Aldana across worlds—and into danger…
“Last Man is irresistible. Blending elements of manga and bande dessinée with a loose boldness and a flair for fantasy, this series is a winner.”—Paul Pope, Eisner Award-winning author/artist of Battling Boy and Batman: Year 100 (on Last Man: The Stranger)
BASTIEN VIVES was born in 1984 in Paris. He spent his childhood drawing with his brother. His studies focused on illustration and animation at the Ecole des Gobelins. After movie-making classes, he dived into comics, and his first title came out in 2007. And now LAST MAN comes out in the US! He was raised on Stallone, Spielberg, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Richard Corben, and Bill Watterson.… They inspired him to take up this life.
MICHAEL SANLAVILLE—TV was late in coming to his parent's house. Very quickly, anime heroes like Sangoku and Survivor Ken replaced White Fang and Little Nemo and the other characters haunting his mind. Later, Terminator, Rambo and MacLane followed and fed his passion for drawing. He decided to make a living at it. He graduated from the Emile Cohl school, and later the Gobelins, after which he followed twin careers in animation (at the Xilam studio) and in comics with Casterman publishers. Last Man, Sanlaville's novel with First Second, is an addictive series with a cliffhanger at the end of each volume that leaves readers panting for more.
BALAK (aka Yves Bigerel)—Graduated from the Gobelins school of Animation in 2006, Balak works as a storyboard artists, 2D animator and TV show director in France. He works with Marvel Comics on the new digital Infinite Comics brand, under his real name (Yves BIGEREL), as a storyboard artist (Avengers VS X-men with Mark Waid, Guardians of the Galaxy with Brian M. Bendis, Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted with Jason Aaron and Jason Latour).