Jean-Baptiste Monge

Born June 11, 1971 in Nantes, is a French Fantasy author and illustrator. After 15 years in Britanny, he decided to continue his adventure in Canada, Montreal.

Biography

Jean-Baptiste Monge issued his first illustrated book Halloween in 1996, in collaboration with Erlé Ferronnière with whom he worked for 10 years ; the book has been published by Avis de Tempête, further renamed Au Bord des Continents.

In 2004, Jean-Baptiste Monge and Erlé Ferronnière agreed to end their collaboration, each willing to go it alone.

In 2006, he issued his first solo book, Carnet de croquis, archives de Féerie Tome I, illustration, texts and layout. He also participates in collective tribute to Regis Loisel "Dans l'ombre de Peter Pan" by Christelle Pissavy-Yvernault, by the French publisher Vents d'Ouest.

In October 2007, he attended FaeriCon ‘07 in Philadelphia (USA) in order to get contacts for the publication in the United States of A la recherche de Féerie Tomes I and II, Carnet de croquis as well as Celtic Faeries.

In 2007 and 2008, he worked for the collective books L'Univers des Dragons published by Galerie Daniel Maghen.

In October 2008, during the Utopiales, 9th edition of the International Science-Fiction Festival (Nantes 2008-10-29 to 2008-11-02), he received the Wojtek Siudmak Award 2008 for the cover illustration of Comptines assassines, Pierre Dubois's book published by Hoebeke.

The jury of Spectrum 16 (Kansas City 2009-03-02) has given special recognition for superior achievement to artists in each of eight categories. Silver Award for Book Illustration has been given to Jean-Baptiste Monge. The jury consisted of Kevin Brimmer [artist/art director Muller Bressler Brown], David Dorman [artist], Donato Giancola [artist/instructor School of Visual Arts], Steven Sanders [artist], and Robert Self [publisher: Baby Tattoo Books].

He was presented the Art&fact Award 2009 for his entire work by James Gurney (Dinotopia) during the Utopiales, 10th edition of the International Science-Fiction Festival (Nantes 2009-10-28 to 2009-11-01).

In 2009, Jean-Baptiste Monge participates in a project still confidential as concept work for Sony Pictures Animation. He also participates in the collective "Souvenirs de films", published by Le Lombard, performing his version of the movie poster of the film Willow by Ron Howard.
Feb 2010, study tour to Canada for a future book with plans to move there.

Apr 2010, he has finished some Chara-design for a computer game, for a French compny : Faery Legends of Avalon - by Spiders.

Illustration works

  • Halloween (1997), with Erlé Ferronnière.
  • Baltimore & Redingote (1999), with Pascal Moguérou (texts).
  • À la Recherche de Féerie tome I (2002), with Erlé Ferronnière.
  • À la Recherche de Féerie tome II (2004), with Erlé Ferronnière.
  • Carnet de croquis, archives de Féerie Tome I (2006).
  • Celtic Faeries (2007), prefaced by Pierre Dubois.
  • L'Univers des Dragons, Premiers Feux (2007), collective work, contribution for texts and illustrations.
  • Carnet de croquis, archives de Féerie Tome II (2008), new images of Féerie along with unpublished works on Heroic Fantasy.
  • Best of Faeries (2008), portfolio including 15 images (format 30x40cm) ready for framing (5 never before published), selected among his best illustrations.
  • L'Univers des Dragons, Deuxième souffle (2008), collective work, contribution for illustrations.
  • Souvenirs de Films,  Collective work - one illustration : Willow, 2009
  • Spectrum 16, silver award, 2009
  • PREVIEW : Spectrum 17, 1st novembre 2010

Awards

  • Wojtek Siudmak Award 2008 (UTOPIALES 09).
  • Silver Award 2009 (SPECTRUM 16), for book illustration : Dunlee Darnan (front cover of ‘’Celtic Faeries’’).
  • Art&Fact Award 2009 (UTOPIALES 10).

Derivatives

Many products are extracted from his work.
The company Nimüe Fée Main
has made from his illustrations very nice cross-stitchs - embroideries.
The French publisher Au Bord des Continents edited the work of Jean-Baptiste Monge on various media such as postcards, mini-posters, posters, T-shirts, figurines, metal tin boxes, note books, diary ...