Sylvain Runberg, born in 1971, divides his time between Stockholm,
Provence and Paris. He has a diploma in Plastic Arts and an MA in
Political History. Before he started writing Sylvain Runberg worked for
publishing house Humanoides Associés (editor of Moebius & Enki
His first book was launched in 2004 and since then Sylvain Runberg has had more than 50 books published by the largest French publishers (Glénat, Le Lombard, Dupuis, Dargaud, Casterman, Soleil, Futuropolis etc,...) and is now translated into 15 languages, having sold in total over 1 million copies worldwide.
Very quickly recognized as one of the most talented writers of his generation, Sylvain Runberg is characterized by the variety of the worlds that he creates, the author not liking to be confined to any particular genre and dipping into his own experiences, history or contemporary reality in order to develop his narratives: space opera ("Orbital", "Warship Jolly Roger"), social science fiction ("Drones") psychological thrillers ("Cases Blanches", "Face Cachée", from which the first volume was awarded the Silver Prize 2011 of the 4th International Manga Awards in Tokyo), horror ("Sonar"), historical adventures sometimes tinged with fantasy ("Darwin's Diaries", "Reconquêtes" (2016 Europe Comics, "Conquests"), "Hammerfall", "Shadows of the Shinobis"), darkfantasy ("Konungar"), contemporary chronicles ("The Roommates"), social road movie ("London Calling"), crime story ("Betrayed), political thriller ("Infiltrated") all characterized by his realist style, whether it be for real or imaginary worlds. Sylvain Runberg as adapted the Stieg Larsson's trilogy "Millennium" ("The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") in 6 volumes with the illustrators Homs and Man. The adaptation has been acclaimed by both French and Europeans media and readers and is already published in 13 others countries.
Here is what Sylvain Runberg says about his approach:
"I find it just as motivating to get my characters to evolve in a contemporary environment as in a world of science fiction or a fantasy mediaeval context. But all these stories have a point in common when I embark upon them: they start from characters, what they have been, what they are, and what they will become. It is that which in my eyes must remain the essence of the narrative. As for the graphic novel, it is a medium that suits me perfectly. If, basically, conceiving a story constitutes a similar approach for the cinema, television, graphic novel or the novel, i.e. the desire, quite simply, to recount, it is then the chosen medium that determines the way in which one will really develop it. And to see my narratives put into pictures by someone else is a fascinating experience for me. I like graphic art, I like drawing, I like elliptical writing, and I like working in collaboration with other authors".
Sylvain Runberg is currently working on several new comics projects that will be published in the years to come in Europe and the U.S (he has always claimed that the US comics scene was a great source of inspiration for him). One of those projects is the comics sequel of the Stieg Larsson trilogy "Millennium" with the illustrator Belen Ortega, a new story created by Sylvain, set after the third novel in present-day Sweden with Lisbeth Salander, a worldwide exclusive to be be published in 2016. He's also working on a TV project he has created, as well as other projects linked to television and other famous licenses.