For its 40th edition, the International Festival of Angoul??me comic tribute to Albert Uderzo, 85, with a major retrospective exhibition that is largely up on his debut. Where we (re) discover a designer to stunning virtuosity as comfortable in the comic style in the realistic genre.
This exhibition, as the first volume of the huge wheel that is dedicated to you (“Uderzo full – 1941-1951″ by Philippe Cauvin and Alain Duch??ne, Hors Collection), shows that there was a very Uderzo ” active “before Asterix …
Many readers believe that Goscinny and I started with Asterix (established in 1959), while our first collaboration dates back eight years tt. I published my first drawing in 1941, in a small booklet of the Company Parisian Edition (SPE), I was 14 years old. I had forgotten about a lot of these old drawings. Some make me ashamed today.
For example, this character Flamberge, made for a cartoon that I can not stand: the style of chief facilitator was not really famous and a “distorted” my hand. However, other depictions of the time, like I did for South West, have pleased me? T favorably surprised by reviewing.
It is noted that the U.S. BD realistic you scored.
I was very influenced by authors such as Milton Caniff or Alex Raymond, who generated a lot of vocations. BD least initially attracted me the cartoon, but I quickly realized that it was not my thing. That said, I kept a “moving” style, with very exaggerated gestures. Many cartoonists have first dreamed of being a cartoon: Peyo, Morris, Franquin … And even Goscinny, saying. “I wanted to go to Disney, but Disney did not know I was there”
Disney, which ultimately is your biggest influence …
Yes or pleased t Floyd Gottfredson, who drew Mickey when I was a child, but never signed his name. Like everyone else at the time, I thought Disney was himself all the stories signed his name. At the same time, I could tell some stories were more dynamic than others. If I never made small Mickey, my characters have long been small, round and moving. I came to this job so amazing: in response to a classified ad Editions du Ch??ne seeking a designer to make a story of 12 pages. Asterix and if it had not been the success it Conna? T I have pursued this craft with series that do not work.
You draw yet?
Not. Apart from a few sketches for the studio we created, I stopped in 2009, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Asterix. My hand is no longer able. She began to destroy the age of 40-45 years. I consulted all the medicine in the world, but we could not do anything. Goscinny was also terrified: “Your hand, your hand …” I must say that I was very dense periods, especially when launching pilot. He had to fill pages and at the time, it was not designers. I d? working on two series at the same time (with Goscinny Asterix and Tanguy and Laverdure with Jean-Michel Charlier). Meanwhile, I continued Oumpah-Pah in the Journal de Tintin. In short, I was five boards per week. And it should not be late, if the newspaper did not come out! , Yes, I struggled.
Without “Driver”, Asterix would exist?
Not. Draw in a newspaper that was “we”, authors, was paramount. Asterix have been refused elsewhere. It is also for? We did a small and ugly with a big pif. We wanted revenge editors of the time asking us sub-Tintin. And? Has worked, for some reason …
Yes, in fact, why?
Many things have been said. The fact that the series tickled heart franchouillard ty players, the preposterous theory that it was an apology for De Gaulle in 1958 … One day, as we walked down the street with Goscinny, a gentleman called his dog “Asterix, come here!” Hey, has anyone said, usually it is the children who call their dog’s name comic heroes. Asterix entered manners. Despite its size, and thanks to the magic potion, it managed to hold in check the armies of Caesar. We all above us, a force against which we believe can not do anything.
You just give the character the writer Jean-Yves Ferri and designer Didier Conrad, who will publish later this year a fully autonomous Asterix its creators, the first of its kind. Will you supervise their work?
I do “sells” not to others, I “says.” For almost 86 years, I’m a little tired and I think I deserve a little rest. I’ll look at what is being done, of course r. Ferri is an extraordinary writer: he wrote a script which Goscinny would not be ashamed. As for drawing, I expect to see the first pages, which should not be long. I do not impose constraints on authors, except to avoid paying the libidinous. They are required to have talent and humor. However, I suggested that they do not heckle the player too, because it is likely. Once in an album, I did burn the village. I received a crazy post.
Expose you to the risk of “it was better before,” right?
This is exactly what I was told when I took over the series alone after the death of Goscinny. It does not make me a gift, the press has crushed me. I kept logs then: there said Asterix Goscinny died with. My pride took a hit. Nevertheless, I launched into the story and I decided to edit myself. Despite the criticism did not stop, readers have continued to trust me. It is a beautiful contrast.
As Tintin Herg??, have you thought about quitting the adventures of your character after your death?
It was my first idea. I even went to see a lawyer in this regard. I forgot to ask Anne Goscinny (daughter of Rene) what she thought. I was misled me, it was a decision that was not mine. As Anne did not make a reservation, we continue.