The Hero’s Journey of Nicolas Le Bault

What is the best thing that I love about my work ?

The feeling of instigating a kind of conspiracy.
Consisting to communicate to the public my own inner visions, so that he could project them on the reality.
In this way, taking a discreet part in the alteration of his reality.

What is my idea of perfect happiness ?

That my artistic work can shape the form of my daily life.

What is my greatest fear ?

The most common human fear : to disappear.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself ?

The sum of everything I can’t communicate.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire ?

Gunter Brus, Charles Burns, Alice Cooper, Art Spiegelman, Jorg Buttgerreit, Frank Hennenlotter, Cameron Jamie, Jim Shaw, Stéphane Rengeval, Frédéric Fenollabbate, Harmony Korine, Junji Ito, Wolfgang Tillmans, Hermann Nitzsch, Paul McCarty, Frederika.

What is my greatest extravagance ?

To have invented a personal form of art of which I am for the moment the only representative.

And to be seeking, in order to continue to develop it against all odds, to subject it to the appreciation of the broadest public.

On what occasion would I lie ?

At the very heart of my books, through deformation or omission, in a desire to express deeper truths.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work ?

I took ten years to give its final form to Hygiène Rose, Chapter 1, my first graphic novel.
Ten years of research and silence.
I say this to support the fact that I can only assume what is perfectly in accordance with my intentions.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work ?

This is the period, quite close to childhood, during which I set up the site of what will become, a long time after, a new book. In a relative recklessness, my mind melts into the matrix of infinite variations of the possible, as in a dream. Little by little, I organize this material and make choices. And that’s where things start to get complicated …

If I could, what would I change about myself ?

On the contrary, I must perpetuate what I am. Here lies the true courage. Again, it is a question of freedom, responsibility and choice. But according to Chinese wisdom, to last, we must change.

What is my greatest achievement in work ?

My last graphic novel. La Fille-Miroir, published in 2016.
This crazy project of 128 pages was entirely financed on a crowfunding platform in a few days by a handful of supports.

What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me ?

To give oneself the means to do what corresponds to an inner necessity.

Where would I most like to live ?

Wherever my work will have its right of place.

What is my most treasured possession ?

My relationship to the imaginary and the real.
Which I call my consciousness.

What is my most marked characteristic ?

My name is Nicolas Le Bault.
I was born in Paris in 1986.
I am working on a personal approach to the contemporary graphic novel, developing my wonderful and terrifying little world.

The rest is vague and indeterminate.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city ?

The public gardens. Full of mysteries and sexual perverts.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city ?

At my house, with my greatest friends.

What books influenced my life and how ?

Ulysses, by James Joyce. Because it tells that the human identity is limitless by using time and space as only landmarks to describe it.

Who are my favorite writers ?

James Joyce, Witold Gombrowicz, Lewis Carroll, François Rabelais, Pierre Klossowski, Georges Bataille, H.P. Lovecraft, Steve Tesisch, Marcel Proust, Ann Radcliffe, André Breton, Antonin Artaud, Franz Kafka, Jean Genet, Terry Pratchett for the pantheon of 15.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day ?

As long as I am alive, I will listen to the following playlist: God Hates Us All by Slayer, Hey Stoopid by Alice Cooper, Angel Dust by Faith No More, Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys, Children of God by Swans.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction ?

Lesbia Brandon, heroin of Charles Algernon Swinburne.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life ?

Writers and artists ready to disfigure themselves to build their work, to sacrifice a part of themselves in this undertaking, and to submit it to the judgment of others with pride and fear. They alone are my heroes.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime ?

Hellzapoppin’ by H.C. Potter.

What role plays art in my life and work ?

Nothing interests me in life except art, which is everywhere.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime ?

The two persons of exception who live with me under the same roof and with whom I share everything.

Whom would I like to work with in 2017 ?

I will publish in september a zine that will be very clear about my intentions.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017 ?

I would like to meet new artists from every countries, to exchange and set up projects.

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on ?

I am currently working on the illustration of Augusta and L’Entité, an extraordinary novel written by my partner Frederika.
In this book, the themes of vampirism rub shoulders with those of femininity and the discovery of sexuality.
This is my first work of illustrating outside of my own books, and it is the first time that an artist takes possession of Frederika’s powerful and unique universe.
Combining our energies, we move towards the creation of a new literary genre through proposing an appealing and original object.

Where can you see me or my work in 2017 ?

The original watercolors of La Fille-Miroir will be exhibited in October at the CEVAD, the new art center of the city of Carpentras, France.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me ?

The quest of joy is eternal.

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story ?

Frederika, writer.
Frédéric Fenollabbate, artist.

How can you contact me ?

Check out my website at the contact section and write me.
I will answer.
Looking forward to reading and exchanging with you.

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