In Pictures: Valerian creators Pierre Christin and Jean Claude Mezieres in London

Paul Gravett, Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières. Photo: Dean Simons
Paul Gravett, Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières. Photo: Dean Simons

Last month, Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières were in London, at the Institut Francais, for an event titled Valerian & Laureline Disclosed. Chaired by comics expert Paul Gravett, the Valerian creators were full of life and were happy to rib each other in a way that some longstanding collaborators often aren’t!

The event was of course in part prompted by the recent debut of director Luc Besson’s Valerian on the big screen, which many of the attendees also saw as part of the event, at the Lumiere. This was only the third time the creators had seen the big-screen version of their creation – the first time, we’re told, was rather nerve-wracking as it was just them and Luc Besson in the audience!

The event proved a good mix of “usual” comics fans plus a number of French language “locals” made up the audience. Thanks to Cinebook, publishers of Valerian in English, downthetubes Richard Sheaf was at the event and took a few snaps – as well as getting one of his Valerian books signed, of course!

• For those of you who missed this rare event, you can listen to proceedings here and here as podcasts thanks to Institut Francais

• You can buy the Valerian books from all good bookshops and online retailers, including amazon.co.uk (using this link helps support downthetubes)

Paul Gravett, Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières on stage at the Institut Francais Photo: Richard Sheaf
Paul Gravett, Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières on stage at the Institut Francais Photo: Richard Sheaf
Jean-Claude Mézières' stamp designs. Photo: Richard Sheaf
Jean-Claude Mézières’ stamp designs. Photo: Richard Sheaf
While Valerian was also turned into an anime series, the creators told the audience they weren't fans. Photo: Richard Sheaf
While Valerian was also turned into an anime series, the creators told the audience they weren’t fans. Photo: Richard Sheaf
After event signing. Photo: Richard Sheaf
After event signing. Photo: Richard Sheaf
Valerian book, signed. Photo: Richard Sheaf
Photo: Richard Sheaf
The Institut Francais Graphic Novel Library. And you thought you had a lot of comics.... Photo: Richard Sheaf
The Institut Francais Graphic Novel Library. And you thought you had a lot of comics…. Photo: Richard Sheaf

 

 

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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