Jean-Claude Mezières

Author biography Jean-Claude Mezières

In spite of his training in applied arts in 1950s Paris, it wouldn't be through wall paper designs that Jean-Claude Mezières would make his name. It was actually his childhood passion for comic books that would be the guiding light of his career. Way back in 1967, he and his friend Pierre Christin created the sci-fi characters Valerian and Laureline for Pilote magazine, never once imagining that the collection would amount to over 20 titles, and become one of the classics of Franco-Belgian comics. Mezières was awarded the Grand Prix of Angoulême festival in 1984. While Valerian might be his only full series, Mezières likes to mix things up a bit. In 1987, he and Christin produced "Lady Polaris," a fictional documentary on the ports of Europe. Then, in 1991, the pair came up with an encyclopedia called "Les Habitants du Ciel," a study of all the fantastical creatures that Valerian and Laureline come across in their cosmic adventures. In 1992 Mezières was approached by Luc Besson to create the futuristic set design for the film "The Fifth Element." Mezières brought his personal touch to the film, as well as the flying taxis that Valerian took during "Les Cercles du pouvoir" ("The Circles of Power" 2016, Europe Comics). In 2000 Mezières was asked by the French Southern Atlantic Lands to produce a set of stamps for the territories. Four further sets were published over the next few years, and allowed him to spend a month on the ship "Marion Dufresne" on a tour of the Austral Islands in the Indian Ocean. During the cultural project Lille 2004, you simply couldn't miss Mezières' 'Star Path,' a gigantic astroport installed in the town center. San Diego 2006 ComicCon awarded Mezières with an Inkpot Award, and a few years later, in 2010, the final volume of Valerian and Laureline's adventures was released. But Christin and Mezières would never abandon their famous creations, and so have worked on expanding their world ever since...

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