Khalil Bendib/Luis Sepúlveda

Algeria/USA         Chile

© Song Chin Bendib



A survivor of the Battle of Algiers, Khalil Bendib was born in Paris as a refugee of Algeria’s war of independence. He grew up in Morocco and Algeria, and, at age 20, landed in Berkeley, California, where he studied and became an artist. His political cartoons have been published in the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and other major US newspapers. Bendib’s first graphic novel, Zahra’s Paradise, about the Green movement of 2009 in Iran, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into many languages.


Born in 1949 in northern Chile, Luis Sepúlveda is the bestselling author of the longseller The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly, which sold over five million copies worldwide. He has many highly acclaimed literary awards to his name and has written short stories, novellas, plays, radioplays and essays. Due to his political activities in the students’ movement Luis Sepúlveda had to leave Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship.


The graphic novel based on Luis Sepúlveda’s bestselling novel that has been translated into more than 15 languages!


35 years on from Pinochet's putsch, the three former exiles Cacho, Lolo and Lucho meet again in Chile. By now they are The Shadow of What We Were (“La sombra de lo que fuimos”): pot-bellied, balding and grey-bearded. Their plan is finally to unearth a treasure the police have never tracked down: the loot from a famous bank robbery that took place in 1925, undertaken by a group of anarchists. Drinking and wallowing in memories of their old revolutionary days, they wait for the fourth man, who should know more about the money. But instead of him, a former friend shows up, telling an incredible story.

Affectionate, funny and with a good pinch of irony, this graphic novel tells the story of a group of tragic heroes who never lose their faith in humour –which is why they end up as winners.











An amazing book, a mixture of heartbreak and humour.

The Huffington Post










Sepúlveda’s magical prose becomes a tense masterpiece, drawing as much from Hemingway as from the tradition of magic realism.

The Times












Like Maus and Persepolis, Zahra’s Paradise puts a human face on a time of grief and unrest.

Glen Weldon, NPR (National Public Radio), USA















The Shadow of What We Were. Graphic Novel (”La sombra de lo que fuimos“)

(based on the novel by Luis Sepúlveda)

Greece: Opera

Italy: Guanda


Verax: The True History of Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare, and Mass

Surveillance. A Graphic Novel

Co-authored with Pratap Chatterjee

Metropolitan Publishers 2017


Too Big to Fail

Studio Bendib 2012, 179 p.


Zahra’s Paradise

(together with Amir Soltani)

Nominated for a 2012 Eisner Award in the Best Digital Comic category.

It was named a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, Graphic Novel Reporter's Best Graphic

Novel of the Year and Great Graphic Novel of Fall 2011, and one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Children's Books of the Year

New York: First Second 2011, 272 p.

Egypt: Dar Al-Tanweer 2014 Finnland: Like 2012 France: Editions Casterman 2011 Germany: Knesebeck Verlag 2011 Greece: Ellinka Grammata 2013 Iran: 2013 Israel: Saga Press (not known)

Italy: Rizzoli Lizard 2011 Korea: Darun Publisher 2012 Netherlands: Casterman 2011 Poland: Wydawnictwo Post 2013 Portugal: Leya 2011 Spain: Norma 2011 Sweden: Epix Bokforlag AB 2011 Turkey: Pegasus Yayincilik 2012


Mission Accomplished

Northampton: Interlink Books 2007, 191 p.


The Emperor Has No Clue (”Mieux Vaut Empire qu’en Pleurer“)

Paris: e-Dite 2005, 155 p.


It Became Necessary to Destroy the Planet in Order to Save It

Los Angeles: Plan Nine Publishing 2003, 160 p.