About Lisa Mandel

Lisa Mandel



Author’s Graphic Novel, Humour


Lisa Mandel is a French comic strip artist, born in Marseille in the last century. Known for her offbeat humour and her simple yet incisive drawing, she began her career in children's comics, notably with the Nini Patalo series. As time went by, she gradually turned her attention to "real-life" comics. The author of several autobiographies (kinda), in the late 2000s she produced a historical fresco for L'Association ; the book was about the career of her parents, nurses in a psychiatric hospital. She then collaborated regularly with a team of sociologists and co-founded the Sociorama collection for Casterman, which adapts sociological surveys into comic strips. With researcher Yasmine Bouagga, she notably produced Les nouvelles de la jungle de Calais, which retraces the last 6 months of the largest French migrant camp of the 21st century, in northern France. In 2019, she embarked on a pharaonic project: to produce a page a day for a year, in order to deal with all her addictions. Une année exemplaire was published in 2020, at the height of the Covid-19 crisis. Empowered by the success of her self-published book, Lisa Mandel went on and created Editions Exemplaire. The aim of this alternative publishing structure is to ensure a fairer distribution of income for authors, who have been victims of rampant casualization for several decades. Her most recent project is Se rétablir, a chronicle of recovery in mental health. All her latest work can be found on her social networks.

Participation at the 2024 MCAF made possible thanks to the support of



Se rétablir – éditions Exemplaire, 2022
Une année exemplaire – auto-édition, 2020
Les Nouvelles de la jungle de Calais, co-écrit avec Yasmine Bouagga – éditions Casterman, 2017


2023 : Grand prix du festival Quai des bulles de St-Malo
2009 : prix Artémisia de la bande dessinée féminine, avec Tanxxx, pour Esthétique et filatures
2009 : prix de la meilleure BD adaptable au cinéma et à la télévision pour Esthétique et filatures au Forum international cinéma et écritures de Monaco
2004 : Prix Tam-Tam du Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse de Montreuil pour le quatrième album de Nini Patalo

MCAF 2024


Drawing Conversation : Dans l'univers de Lisa Mandel

Sunday, May 26, 2024

from 11:00 am to 11:45 am

All audience

Moderated by: Guests:

La Fab à dessin - C 17

Present at 

Éditions Exemplaire   D31

Book Signing Schedule

Guest at MCAF

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