makes Franquin so special?
To me it seems that he was able to tap into a different
type of storytelling than had been done before, something
more informal and direct. With a character like Gaston Lagaffe
he was writing about everyday life in a way that you didn't
usually see in a comic. His characters seem real, somehow...
you could imagine going down to the pub with them.
was your first contact with the man his work? What do you
remember of it? Did you met him personal?
is almost unknown in English. I think I may have come across
a translated edition of Spirou and Fantasio in California,
by chance. I knew that Yves Chaland was a
fan of Franquin, without really knowing anything about Franquin.
Later, my French publishers explained more about him and introduced
me to more of his books.
is your favourable Franquin album, - adventure, - joke or
- character and why?
haven't read many of his albums, but the one I like is a Gaston
Franquin influenced your work?
directly, but I think I've been influenced by some of his
disciples, like Chaland.
impact has Franquin on the comic world today?
I think he has a pretty big impact. A character
like Gaston still seems very contemporary and perhaps relates
to some of the 'intimiste' or 'real life' type of work that
has been coming out since the early 1990s.