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!
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.