Olivier TaDuc

Olivier TaDuc was born in Perreux-sur-Marne on 5 March 1962. He is a Frenchman of Vietnamese origin, which explains the central capital in his name. He starts off studying medicine but changes to a fine arts curriculum, and meets Dieter who writes several scripts for complete stories for the magazine TRIOLO for him (La Forêt de Nouhaud, from1986 on). He is commissioned to write a promotional piece by the Syndicat des Eaux de France (La Légende du porteur d'eau, 1987). He then shares a studio with Thierry Robin and Pierre-Yves Gabrion. Linking up with Dieter for the scripts, he begins on a historical saga, in continuation of the work of the famous Mandrin: Sark ("L'Entaille" in 1990, and "Camisards" in 1991), both for Éditions Glénat. His next work is for Delcourt, where he succeeds Siméoni on the graphics for the three final volumes of Les Voyages de Takuan, written by Serge Le Tendre : "La Voix de l'ours" (1994), "La Source noire" (1995) and "La Mère des douleurs" (1996). Attracted by an artist with an increasingly original style and who produces an album every year, Le Tendre suggests they create a series together on a theme of his choice. TaDuc expresses a wish to combine his two preferred subjects: westerns and martial arts, which leads to the idea of developing a Chinese character who participates in the conquest of the American West, revealing several of the less than glorious aspects of the time. Having researched the subject of Chinese immigrants in California, Le Tendre becomes very enthusiastic about a subject that is so full of dramatic elements that have hardly ever been used before. The first Chinaman adventure appears in 1997 in Humanoïdes Associés. A bit out of place in this publisher's futuristic magazine, the fifth title of this remarkable historical recreation passes to Éditions Dupuis in 2001 along with the four preceding titles and all of the volumes still to come, which we hope will appear regularly and in quantity. TaDuc has developed a style that has established him as one of the great realistic masters alongside Jijé, Giraud, Hermann. He has given us a new perspective on life in the Far West, portraying the daily struggle of the common people who lived the legend.