Thursday, February 03, 2022

Jean-Claude Mézières 1938 - 2022


Jean-Claude Mézières, best known for the Valerian and Laureline series of albums, that he created with his friend Pierre Christin, passed away on January 23rd. He was 83 years old.

Mézières was a prolific sci-fi artist whose work inspired Star Wars and Luc Besson's 1997 film The Fifth Element, as well as Besson's 2017 Valerian and Laureline movie adaptation, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Via Anime News Network:

 "Mézières was born in Paris in 1938. He met frequent collaborator Pierre Cristin during air raids on Paris in World War II. At age 15, Mézières took classes at the School of Applied Arts, where he met fellow student Jean Giraud (who would be later known as Moebius). After high school he entered military service for a few years.

"Mézières met up with Cristin again in 1965 when Mézières had moved to the United States to become a cowboy and Cristin was a professor at Utah State University. The duo began working together at that time, and then moved back to France.

"Mézières and writer Cristin began publishing the science-fiction graphic novel series Valérian et Laureline in 1967. The anime studio Satelight co-produced a television series titled Time Jam: Valerian & Laureline with French animation studio Dargaud-Marina and distributor Europacor that aired in 2007. Sentai Filmworks released the anime on home video. The graphic novel series also inspired a live-action film in 2017."



Mézières and Christin's Valerian and Laureline series saw over twenty book collections beginning in 1967 through 2019.

 Mézières won the Grand Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 1984.  




TCJ article on his life


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