Miles Hyman receives French order

Published On September 19, 2017 | By Wim | Comics, Continental Correspondent

Eric Guillaud’s excellent blog on the France Info website reports that the French Culture and Communications Minister has awarded the title of Chevalier Des Arts et de Lettres (the rank of Knight of the Arts and Letters) to American fine artist and cartoonist Miles Hyman. The title will be awarded at a later date by the cultural attaché to the French embassy in New York.

Hyman is a quite prolific illustrator, with illustrations, book covers and advertising projects in his portfolio. He mostly works for a French market, and has published a number of stand-alone graphic novels for several major publishers, including Casterman and Dupuis. His 2016 graphic novel, a retelling of his grandmother Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery, was also published in English by Hill and Wang.

Hyman’s art is very recognisable, combining soft, pastel-like colours and pencil shades with a very clear line for his characters. His panels are meticulously detailed, paying as much attention to the background and the décors, as to the action taking place in the spotlight. If indeed, action is the correct word, as Hyman’s pages exhude a stillness that is quite unique.

The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres is the highest  honor in France for people who have shown considerable artistic merit. Even though it was originally created for people of French nationality, many foreign luminaries have received on of the three titles the order provides, including actors, musicians, writers and film makers. And cartoonists and comic creators, including Jean Van Hamme, Jean-Pierre Gibrat, Jean Roba, Joann Sfar and Katsuhiro Otomo.

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