The work of Brazilian author Paulo Coelho was celebrated at the current Salon du Livre in Geneva, Switzerland. (Albeit very briefly, if my limited French is correct).
The exhibition includes all 35 watercolour illustrations by the late, great Mœbius for The Illustrated Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream which was published in 1998.
Given Mœbius’ other work, it’s no surprise to me that he would be chosen to illustrate Coelho’s fantasy tale of an Andalusian shepherd boy on a treasure-hunting journey to Egypt, but I wasn’t aware of this edition of this wonderful book, drawn to my attention by comics historian Paul Gravett. My thanks to him.
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.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.