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Sylvain Runberg

IP CREATOR & WRITER
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Born in 1971, Sylvain grew up in Provence, these days he shares his time between France and Sweden. With a master in Political History he started his career in the publishing industry before writing graphic novels. His first book came out in 2004. He has since published 115 graphic novels with the leading francophone publishers (Dupuis, Dargaud, Le Lombard, Glénat, Futuropolis, Rue de Sèvre, Soleil, Delcourt, Hachette, Daniel Maghen). His work has been translated into 26 languages with more than 2 million books sold worldwide, including Europe, Asia, South America and USA (with DC comics, Image, IDW publishing, Titan Comics, Magnetic Press, Clover Press). Sylvain writes in many different genres: science-fiction ("Dominants", "On Mars", "Orbital", "Warship Jolly Roger"); autobiographical chronicles ("London Calling", "Cases Blanches"); political thriller ("On Est Chez Nous", "Clivages"); psychological crime stories ("Face Cachée" - 2010 international Manga Tokyo award); fantasy ("Konungar", "L’Ombre des Shinobis", "Hammerfall", "Reconquêtes"); supernatural stories ("Les Chroniques d’Under York", "Le Chant Des Runes", "Les Carnets de Darwin"); survival ("Zaroff") and urban thriller ("Sukeban Turbo").

 

Runberg adapted Stieg Larsson’s bestseller "Millennium: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" (2013-2016) and wrote the exclusive original sequel "Millennium : The Girl Who Danced With Death" in 2018. He also wrote his version of "Conan the Cimmerian" by Robert E. Howard in 2020 and adapted the works of Chinese superstar science fiction author Liu Cixin ("Three Body Problem", "The Wandering Earth") and Ubisoft’s blockbuster "Watchdogs : Legion" into graphic novels. Runberg is currently adapting into comics Franck Thilliez, France’s most popular crime author, and collaborating with Marc Levy, another famous French writer on a new original graphic novel series and now adapting into a graphic novel the Mats Stranberg novel’s “Blood Cruise”.

 

Runberg has also developed several TV series including "Cryptid", a 10-episode horror/thriller released on Viaplay in 2020, produced by Dramacorps, selected in Competition at Cannes Series. He is currently working with French TV and Film producer Same Player on two TV series projects. His comic book series Orbital is being adapted into an animated TV series, and Warship Jolly Roger into an videogame by Proxima Studio founded by Harvey Newman.

 

He is currently working on several other TV series, video games and comic book projects, to be released, in France, Europe, USA and China, including new original projects and well established IPs, to be revealed...

 

Bibliography

(Selection by publishers)

 

Dupuis publishing

ORBITAL

9 volumes (illustration : Serge Pellé) science fiction/space opera (ongoing since 2006)

 

LES COLOCATAIRES

3 volumes (illustration : Christopher) drama/humour/contemporary (2006-2008)

 

HAMMERFALL

4 volumes (illustration : Boris Talijancic) historical fantasy (2007-2009)

 

JACK

Full story (illustration : Thibaud de Rochebrune) historical adventure (2011)

 

AGENCE INTERPOL : STOCKHOLM

Full story (illustration de Peter Bergting) crime/thriller (2012)

 

MILLENIUM

6 volumes (illustration : José Homs & Man, adapted from Stieg Larsson’s novels) thriller (2013-2017)

 

MILLENIUM SAGA

3 volumes (illustration : Belen Ortega, inspired by Stieg Larsson’s novels) political thriller (2016-2018)

 

OUTLAWS

1 volume (illustration: Eric Chabbert) science fiction/space opera (ongoing since 2022)

 

Dargaud publishing

MICMACADAM

2 volumes (with Luc Brunschwing / Illustration : Benn) historical fantasy (2006-2007)

 

WARSHIP JOLLY ROGER

4 volumes (illustration : Miki Montllo) science Fiction (2014-2018)

 

TRAHIE

2 volumes (illustration : Johan Urgel, adapted from Karin Alvtegen’s novel) thriller (2015-2016)

 

MOTORCITY

Full story (illustration : Philippe Berthet) crime (2017)

 

Le Lombard publishing

LES CARNETS DE DARWIN

3 volumes (illustration : Eduardo Ocana) historical fantasy thriller (2010-2012)

 

RECONQUÊTES

4 volumes (illustration : François Miville-Deschênes) historical fantasy (2011-2016)

 

DRONES

2 volumes (illustration : Louis) anticipation (2015-2016)

 

LE RÈGNE

2 volumes (illustration : O.G. Boiscommun) anticipation (2016-2017)

 

JAKOB KAYNE

2 volumes (illustration : Matéo Guerrero) fantasy (2019-2020)

 

ZAROFF

1 volume (illustration : François Miville-Deschênes, inspired by Connell Richard’s novel) thriller/survival (since 2019 ongoing)

 

Glénat publishing

DOMINANTS

3 volumes (illustration : Marcial Toledano) science fiction (2020-2021)

 

KONUNGAR

3 volumes (illustration : Juzhen) fantasy (2011-2013)

 

L'OMBRE DES SHINOBIS

2 volumes (illustration : Xu Zhifeng) historical fantasy (2014-2017)

 

LE CHANT DES RUNES

4 volumes (illustration : Jean-Charles Poupard) crime fantasy (since 2016 ongoing)

 

SONAR

Full story (illustration : Chee Yang Ong)horror fantasy (2016)

 

SUKEBAN TURBO

Full story (illustration : Victor Santos) urban drama (2017)

 

LES CHRONIQUES D'UNDER YORK

3 volumes (illustration : Mirka Andolfo) fantasy/young Adult (2019-2020)

 

CONAN LE CIMMÉRIEN (Le peuple Du Cercle Noir)

Récitfull story (illustration : Jaekwang Park) fantasy (2019)

 

JF. KENNEDY

full story (illustration : Damour) historical biography (2019)

 

WATCHDOG LEGIONS

2 volumes (illustration : Gabriel Germain, adapted from Ubisoft videogame) anticipation (2020-2021)

 

Futuropolis publishing

LONDON CALLING

3 volumes (illustration : Phicil) contemporary drama (2006-2010)

 

FACE CACHÉE

2 volumes (illustration : OIivier Martin) psychological thriller /manga (2010-2011)

 

Soleil publishing

ASTRID

Full story (illustration :Karim Friha) humour/kids (2004)

 

KOOKABURRA DATABOOK

Full story (collective) science fiction (2006)

 

KOOKABURRA UNIVERSE, LE SOURIRE DE MYRA

Full story (illustration : Eduardo Ocana) science fiction (2007)

 

LES CHEMINS DE VADSTENA

Full story (illustration : Thibaud de Rochebrune) fantasy (2009)

 

Quadrants publishing

FRANÇOIS SANS NOM

2 volumes (with Sylvain Ricard/illustration : Marco Bianchini) historical adventure (2013-2015)

 

INFILTRÉS

2 volumes (with Olivier Truc/illustration : Olivier Thomas ) political crime (2015-2016)

 

Delcourt publishing

SEPT CANNIBALES

full story (illustration : Tirso Cons) thriller/survival (2016)

 

FT Culture publishing

NOURRIR L’HUMANITÉ

(illustration : Miki Montllo, adapted from Liu Cixin’s novel) science fiction (2021)

 

L’ÈRE DES ANGES

(illustration : Ma Yii, adapted from Liu Cixin’s novel) anticipation (2022)

 

LES MIGRANTS TEMPORELS

(illustration : Serge Pellé, adapted from Liu Cixin’s novel) science fiction (2022)

 

Phileas publishing

LE SYNDROME (E)

Full story (illustration : Luc Brahy, adapted from Franck Thilliez’s novel) crime hriller (2020)

 

GATACA

Full story (illustration : Luc Brahy, adapted from Franck Thilliez’snovel) crime thriller (2021)

 

L'AGENCE DES INVISIBLES

Full story (withMarc Levy/illustration : Espè) crime (2021)

 

ATOM(KA)

Full story (illustration : Luc Brahy, adapted from Franck Thilliez’s novel) crime thriller (2022)

 

LA SOURCE

1 volume (with Olivier Truc & Gael Branchereau/illustration : Damour) anticipation (2022)

 

Daniel Maghen publishing

ON MARS

3 volumes (illustration : Grun) scienceFiction (2017-2021)

 

Caurette publishing

PATRIARCHY

1 volume (with Anna Saveg/illustration : Belen Ortega) anticipation (2022)

 

Rue de Sèvres publishing

OPTIC SQUAD

3 volumes (illustration : Stéphane Bervas) anticipation (2019-2022)

 

Grand Angle publishing

CASES BLANCHES

Full story (illustration : Olivier Martin) drama (2014)

 

Robinson/Hachette publishing

CLIVAGES

2 volumes (illustration : Johan Urgel) war story/drama (2017-2018)

 

ON EST CHEZ NOUS

2 volumes (with Olivier Truc/illustration : Nicolas Otero) political crime (2019-2020)

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