Laureline Michaut (married name Laureline Duermaël) is a French comic artist and illustrator, who works under the pen name Laurel. She is the artist of several girls-oriented comic series, such as 'Le Journal de Carmilla', 'Cerise' and 'Les Énigmes de Violette', but she also makes autobiographical work and character designs for mobile games. She was born in 1983 in Metz, and named after the character Laureline from the sci-fi comic series 'Valérian' by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin.
Since 2006 she has worked on a variety of girls' comics for several French and Belgian publishing houses. Between 2006 and 2009 she made four albums of the series 'Le Journal de Carmilla' writer Lorris Murail for Vents d'Ouest. The series consisted of short stories consisting of entries from a young girls' diary. It was followed in 2011 by 'Les enquêtes surnaturelles de Mina', an album starring Carmila's sister who indulges in a supernatural investigation. Laurel launched her solo children's series 'Cerise', about a little girl based on the author's daughter, who can talk to animals. The first album was published by Le Lombard in 2012. In 2017, she created the girls' riddle comic 'Les Enquêtes de Violette' with Fred Neidhardt for Bamboo Édition.
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