Été (Summer)

Follow lovers Abel and Olivia on their road trip through France in season 2 of the successful Instagram comic. In French and English.

Season 1: Story

Abel, 28, is an architect. Olivia, 29, is a civil engineer. They are in love and decide to challenge their relationship before moving in together. Their challenge consists of them both ticking off items from their bucket lists during the summer, while staying out of contact with each other. They grant each other 60 days of ‘complete freedom’ to make bold choices, reflecting on what it means to be alone, together, free, or happy. As days go by, those experimentations eventually lead them to grasp more clearly who they are but also where they come from…

Season 2

Launched in June 2018. Abel and Olivia go on a roadtrip to discover France.

Instagram first

Été (Summer) is a comic made for Instagram and makes great creative use of the social platform’s unique features; stories, diaporama and short videos. Every day from June 29 to August 27, 2017, a new comic strip was published on the dedicated Instagram account @ete_arte, which gained 46.3K followers in its first week.

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The creators

Thomas Cadène
He is a scriptwriter, mostly working for comics for more than 10 years. In 2010, he creates the daily online series Les Autres Gens (The Other People). He also wrote the story of the digital prequel of the Trepalium series.

Joseph Safieddine
He is a comics scripwriter; Les Lumières de Tyr  in 2012 (The Lights of Tyr), Je n’ai jamais connu la guerre in 2013 (I Never Experienced War) and Yallah Bye in 2015. Since 2016, he participates regularly to the comics magazine Fluide Glacial.

Camille Duvelleroy
She’s an interactive scriptwriter, working on the conception of interactive and transmedia projects. In 2010, she designs the narrative architecture of Addicts,  ARTE’s first web fiction and also leads its whole interactive production. In 2011, she co-founds Once Upon, a transmedia design studio where she writes and produces various interactive works such as Modern couple and Easy coming out for ARTE, Gare du Nord  (The Northern Train Station) and J’attends (I’m Waiting) for the national French broadcaster France Télévisions.

Erwann Surcouf
He is an illustrator and designer, reporting visually on major cultural events such as the Cannes festival and the Annecy Animation Festival. He also wrote various comics published at Delcourt and he worked on the Les Autres Gens (The Other People) project.

Cécile Bidault
Comic artist and animator Bidault took over from Surcouf for the second season of Été. Bidault graduated from EnsAD, Paris (École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs) in 2017 and released her first comic the same year.

 

Credits

This project has been made in co-production by French-German broadcaster ARTE and production studio Bigger Than Fiction.

Written by Thomas Cadène and Joseph Safieddine
Based on an original idea by Camille Duvelleroy
Illustrated by Erwann Surcouf (season 1) and Cécile Bidault (season 2)
Colors by Céline Badaroux
Animations by Zélie Durand et Alexis Petit
Soundtrack by Santoré
Produced by Julien Aubert
Development manager: Martin Morales
Production manager: Julie Lelièvre
Production assistant: Vincent Fargeas
Head of distribution: Edouard Gasnier
Press relations: Jennifer Troszezynski
Communication: Timothée Magot and Titouan Harel

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