At sixteen, bivouacked on a mountainside beneath a sky filled with stars, Jean-Marc Rochette has already begun measuring himself against some of Europe's highest peaks. The Aiguille Dibona, the Coup de Saber, La Meije: the summits of the Massif des Ecrins, to which he escapes as a teenager, spark both exhilaration and fear. At times, they are a playground for adventure. At others, they are a battlefield. The young climber is acutely aware that death lurks in the frozen corridors of the French Alps. In Altitude, Jean-Marc Rochette tells the story of his formative years, as a climber and as an artist. Part coming-of-age story, part love letter to the Alps, this autobiographical graphic novel captures the thrill and the terror invoked by high mountains, and considers one man's obsession with getting to the top of them.
Jean-Marc Rochette is a French comic book artist. He is the creator of numerous books, including Snowpiercer, a graphic novel that was adapted into a film starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and John Hurt, now available on Netflix. Olivier Bocquet is a comic book writer. The author of many graphic novels, he has collaborated with artists including Julie Rocheleau, Gabriel Germain and Léonie Bischoff.