The New Authors

“I found the best way to write a good album of Asterix: I begun from the end…. And I tried to imagine the picture just before, and then the 44 plates before until the beginning of the story! So easy!”
Jean Yves Ferri

Jean-Yves Ferri

Born in 1959 (like Astérix!), in the south-west of France.

During his childhood, he learnt to read with Pilote, and drew a 2-page comic strip called Tom l’Ours at the age of 11. It soon dawned on him that this was what he wanted to be: a comic book author!

From 1990 onwards, he would be an illustrator of children’s publications.

1996: He published his first comic book entitled Les Fables Autonomes with Fluide Glacial (2 volumes) that humorously portrays a Steinbeck-style mid-west world.

He then moved onto the adventures of a rural police officer, Aimé Lacapelle, a legendary character in the mounted police from the Tarn region of France, with four comic books being published between 2000 and 2007.

In 1995, he met Manu Larcenet. He was to become the future co-author of his illustrations.

They created the famous series Le Retour à la Terre for which Ferri was the meticulous writer (seven volumes published).

2006: They created other more experimental comic books, written from their respective homes, such as Correspondances based on their frank and spontaneous exchanges by fax.

Le Sens de la vis 1 – La Vacuité – published in 2007, put a humorous twist on the relationship between the art of drawing and zen philosophy. This was followed by Le sens de la Vis 2 -Tracer le Cercle – published in 2010 by Les Rêveurs.

His latest solo comic book entitled De Gaulle à la plage is an anachronistic, seaside-based comic book published by Dargaud, in which the General could be mistaken for Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot. This will be followed by the long-awaited De Gaulle à Londres (continued), due out in 2013.

Didier Conrad

He was born on 6 May 1959 (also like Asterix!) in Marseille.

1973: He started to work in the world of cartoons with Carte Blanche published in Spirou magazine.

1978: He published his first cartoon named Jason with a script by Mythic.

Then he worked with Yann to produce a series of 400 gag strips which were published under the title Les Hauts de Page.

They created the legendary Les Innommables.

1980: Conrad created the humorous parody Bob Marone.

1984: He worked with Commenge (a.k.a. Wilbur) to create L’Avatar, then Le Piege Malais. At the same time, they created a children’s series entitled Donito.

1996: Collaborate with the Dreamworks animation studio to design The road to El Dorado (2000)

Conrad decided to stay in the United States with his family, continuing his career as a cartoonist. Collaborating with Jean Leturgie and Yann (Pierce), he began Kid Lucky, the childhood adventures of Lucky Luke. He also worked on Cotton Kid.

2005: Conrad created a spin-off Tigresse Blanche. This series, co-written with Yann for the first two comic books and with Wilbur for the rest, featured Alix (the innommables), a Chinese spy working in the context of the Chinese civil war between communists and nationalists.

2007: Conrad and Wilbur whisked us away to India for the Raj series, more realistic style of illustration similar to the ‘Ligne Claire’ style.

2011: He and Wilbur created the spin-off series Marsu Kids: the adventures of the different Marsupilami offspring, the legendary animal invented by Franquin.

This fun-packed book is full of instantly recognisable and awe-inspiring illustrations in incredible colours, making Conrad the perfect choice to be a part of the 35th comic book featuring the adventures of Asterix.

Photos : © 2013 Anna Rosati