From the very first pages of the comic, Nivek almost gets buried alive. Working in a mine in the Kivus, when you're only 12 years old, is not a life. The young hero becomes a child soldier, perpetuating the atrocities of the greats. What if he tried his luck in Europe instead? Punctuated by some beautiful encounters, his journey will take him face dangers, from the jungle to the desert, to the Mediterranean Sea, a monster devouring frail boats. Will he arrive alive in Italy or Spain?
Written by Antonio Altarriba, drawn by Sergio García Sánchez, colorized by Lola Moral and translated by Alexandra Carrasco, Le Ciel dans la tête, published in France by Denoël Graphic, received Tuesday the grand prize of the critic of the Association of Critics and Journalists of Comics (ACBD). It succeeds La Couleur des choses by Swiss director Martin Panchaud. For the second time, the association has awarded a screenplay by the Spanish author, winner of the 2015 Grand Prize for I, Assassin."Antonio Altarriba brushes [...] an uncompromising portrait of the black soul of humanity, writes the ACBD. The chaos of our world is both tempered and exaggerated by the clever plasticity of Sergio García Sánchez's drawing, which plays with perspective and proportion, through a particularly inventive mise-en-scène."
A few beautiful encounters punctuate the hero's journey. Denoël Graphic
The other four finalists were Chumbo, by Matthias Lehmann (Casterman), Toxic Environment, by Kate Beaton (Casterman), Frontier, by Guillaume Singelin (Rue de Sèvres, Label 619), and Je suis leur silence, by Jordi Lafebre (Dargaud).
The 2024 ACBD Critics' Grand Prize aims to "support and highlight, in a spirit of discovery, a comic book published in French, with a strong narrative and graphic requirement, marking by its power, its originality, the novelty of its subject or the means that the author deploys in it". The winners will receive their prize on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 12:30 p.m., in the hall of the museum of the Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l'image d'Angoulême.