Enki Bilal is French-Yugoslavian comic book writer and artist, best known for The Carnival of Immortals, whose success would result in two sequels, The Woman Trap in 1986 and Equator Cold in 1993. He also wrote and drew The Monster's Tetralogy in 1998. Working primarily as a graphic artist and illustrator, Bilal has also directed three movies, Bunker Palace Hotel in 1989, Tykho Moon in 1997, and Immortal in 2004, the latter based on his earlier Nikopol Trilogy. Bilal was named Officier des Arts et des Lettres in 2003, and was invested with a knighthood in the Ordre National du Mérite in 2010. An asteroid was named after him in 2006.