Été (Summer)

An original Instagram comic about a couple and their 60-day challenge. In French, but definitely worth a look even if you don’t speak the language.


Abel – 28 – is an architect. Olivia – 29 – 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 one 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…


One of the main original aspects of Été (Summer) is that it is published on Instagram first. The comic makes great creative use of the platform’s features; stories, diaporama, short videos… The release of the comic follows the plot of the story. Every day from June 29 to August 27, 2017, a new comic strip is published on the dedicated Instagram account @ete_arte, which gained 46.3K followers in its first week. Été is only available in French for now, but non-French speakers can still appreciate the artwork and ideas. A print version will follow in September 2017.

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 or the animation festival of Annecy. He also wrote various comics published at Delcourt and he worked on the Les Autres Gens (The Other People) project too.


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

Written by Thomas Cadène and Joseph Safieddine
A narrative concept from Camille Duvelleroy
Illustrated by Erwann Surcouf
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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