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Séra (dessinateur)

(Phoussera Ing) says Sera , born on in Phnom Penh , Cambodia , is a comics creator and graphic artist of Cambodian origin. 

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Phoussera Ing was born in Cambodia on June 24, 1961 1 to a Cambodian father and a French mother. In 1975, as a teenager, he found refuge at the French embassy with his parents, his brother and his sister when the Khmer Rouge seized Phnom Penh. But the Khmer Rouge demand that all Cambodian men come out of the embassy; with many others, his father is forced out of the embassy and Sera will not see him again. Indeed, it will be executed by the Khmer Rouge . Like all refugees at the French Embassy, ​​Sera was expelled by the Khmer Rouge to Thailand , then arrived in France in May 1975 . Séra obtained political refugee status [ref. necessary]  and moved to the Paris region where he obtained an undergraduate degree in graphic arts in 1982 . If he publishes stories in the monthly Circus from 1979, it is in 1986 that his first album, Lady Mage Kane , written by François Borderie , appears in the collection ” X ” of the Futuropolis editions .

Having pursued his university studies, Séra graduated in 1987 with a DEA in visual arts from Paris I University , which led him to teach comic books in this university from 1989 to 2015. From 1990 he taught several courses he wrote, including that of the “Visual Narration” at the CNED (Institute of Vanves ). He then obtained a teaching position in illustration at ESAT from 1991 until 2002 . Lastly, from 2012 to 2014, he served as Pedagogical Director of the Phare Ponleu Selpak School in Battambang , Cambodia . Séra also hosts a large number of workshops, a form of intensive master class that combines theoretical education and artistic practice over a short period of a few days from 1999, mainly in Cambodia but also in Ireland, France, Thailand, and Armenia.

At the turn of the 1990s, he made two comics planned for two publishing houses, Florentin and Zenda, which went bankrupt shortly after the acceptance of the stories , which led him to accept a teaching position. In 1993 and 1995, he published two long stories in the Japanese weekly magazine Kōdansha . That same year, Rackham published Impasse et Rouge his first album devoted to Cambodia, where he returned for the first time in 1996 .

In the following years, its production intensified: the monthly Casterman publishing (To be followed) prepublished in 1997 HKO , history dealing with the retrocession of Hong Kong to China resumed in album the same year; PMJ Editions publishes in 1999 and 2000 two new albums; then Albin Michel between 2001 and 2003 trilogy Processionnaires written by Philippe Saimbert . Albin Michel also reissued in 2003 Impasse et Rouge with a preface by Jacques Tardi .

Séra alternates in the following years stories about Cambodia ( Water and Earth in 2005 and Ash’s Remnants in 2007, at Delcourt ), biographies ( Rita Hayworth for BD Music in 2004, Bram Stoker written by Yves H. at Casterman in 2006) and contemporary stories (Sector 7 , detective story written by Stephan Polonsky published by Delcourt in 2005), genre to which he devoted himself between 2008 and 2012 with the closed-door Breton My brother the fool ( Futuropolis in 2009), the evocation the hardness of the suburbs Le Temps de vivre (scenario by Stéphane Piatzszek , Futuropolis, 2011) and Flic (Casterman, 2012), adaptation of the biographical narrative of Bénédicte Desforges which earned him the Polar BD Prize for best one shot in 2012 [ref. necessary] . He returned to the subject of Cambodia for a short pocket-sized album Three Steps in the Blue Pagoda ( The 9th World , 2011), then in 2018 for the 300-page album of the graphic tale of his autobiography Bitter Cucumbers at Marabulles .

Sera initiated a memorial project for victims of the Khmer Rouge regime in 2012, which he titled “To those who are no longer here” which would be built in the center of Phnom Penh .The project, supported by the Cambodian association Anvaya (which brings together Cambodians from the Diaspora and organizes mutual aid for those wishing to relocate to Cambodia), has received financial support from the French Embassy , the French Institute. Cambodia and several French parliamentarians. It is one of the victims’ reparations projects recognized by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Delays in authorizations, due to various reasons, led to tensions between Séra and its partners and delayed the realization of this project, which was originally planned for 2015, the year of the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Khmer Rouge regime. However, in May 2015, the Anvaya Association announced that it had received authorization from the Cambodian authorities for the shape of the memorial, but its location was still problematic, as the authorities refused to allow the memorial to be erected in Daunh Penh Square in the public garden in front of it. the French Embassy between Monivong Boulevard and Rue de France, as Sera wished. And despite his protests, this memorial is finally installed in January 2018 in the grounds of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh .

He lives in Paris with his companion and has three nieces, daughters of his brother.

French-language publications


  • The Protagonists , self-published , 1983
    Scenario and drawing: Séra
  • Lady Mage Kane , Futuropolis , 1986
    Screenplay: François Borderie – Drawing: Séra
  • Dead end and red , Rackham , 1995
    Scenario and drawing: Séra
  • HKO, Threats on Hong Kong , Casterman , 1997
    Scenario and drawing: Séra
  • Antechamber of the night , PMJ , 1999
    Scenario and drawing: Séra
  • Road exit , PMJ , 2000
    Scenario: Stephan Polonsky – Drawing and colors: Séra
  • Sector 7 , Glénat coll. ” Carrément BD “, 2005
    Scenario: Stephan Polonsky – Drawing and colors: Séra
  • Water and Earth , Delcourt , 2005
    Scenario, drawing and colors: Séra
  • Ash Remnants , Delcourt , 2007
    Scenario, drawing and colors: Séra
  • The world tour in comics , Delcourt , 2009
    Scenario and drawing: collective
  • My crazy brother , Futuropolis , 2009
    Scenario, drawing and colors: Séra
  • The Time to Live , Futuropolis , 2011
    Scenario: Stéphane Piatzszek – Drawing and colors: Séra
  • Flic , Casterman , 2012
    Scenario: Bénédicte Desforges – Drawing and colors: Séra
  • Bitter cucumbers , Marabout
    Scenario and drawing: Séra – Couleurs: 2018

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  1. ↑ a b c d e and f Gaumer 2010 , p. 766.
  2.  Remarks held by Séra himself in the interview of Esther Ségal broadcast on December 30, 2017 on Frequence Protestant. See the bibliography section
  3. ↑ a b c d and e Gaumer 2010 , p. 767.
  4.  https://dkmemosis.wordpress.com/2018/04/01/seras-memorial-to-those-who-are-no-longer-here/ [archive] DK-Memosis is an online publication of the research program of the “Center” of Historical Culture “from Erasmus University Rotterdam, entitled” DK-Memorialization Research ” https://www.eur.nl/en/eshcc/research/centre-historical-culture/research-programs-and-projects/dk- memorialization-research [archive]



External links


Séra site 2014: https://web.archive.org/web/20140715211426/http://www.seraing.fr/


Séra secoue les mémoires avec son récit graphique Concombres amers