Régis Loisel (born 4 December 1951) is a French comics writer and artist, best known for the long-running series La Quête de l'oiseau du temps, written by Serge Le Tendre.
Régis Loisel is one of main and first French authors that have worked in the fantasy genre since the 1970s. The style that Loisel used for his famous series 'La Quete de l'Oiseau du Temps' has become a standard for the European artists that work in this genre. In 1972, Loisel made his debut in the magazine Pieds Nickelés, while attending comics courses in Vincennes. From 1974, he was present in Mormoil and Pilote. In the following year, he joined Serge Le Tendre in the creation of a first version of 'La Quête de l'Oiseau du Temps' in Imagine.
He worked with Patrick Cothias on 'Capitaine Kergenec' (in Pif Gadget), 'Norbert le Lézard' in Plop and on the creation of Tousse-Bourin magazine. His fantasy stories for this magazine were collected in the album 'Nocturnes' (Kesselring, 1978). Loise made occasional appearances in Métal Hurlant and Fluide Glacial, and started the atelier Bergame with Olivier Taffin, Michel Rouge and Fabien Lacaf.
A new version of 'La Quête de l'Oiseau du Temps' was launched in Charlie Mensuel in 1982. Albums were published by Dargaud. In the 1980s, he also produced illustration portfolios, such as 'L'Offrande' (Trihan, 1984) and 'Troubles Fêtes' (Les Humanoïdes Associés, 1989). In 1990, he started his second popular serial, 'Peter Pan', which is a mix of the classical adventure story with a Dickensian story of an orphan. In 1993, he made 'La Dernière Goutte' with G.P. Taladiart for La Sirène and 'Les Petits Rêveurs' in the collection Grain de Sable of Vents d'Ouest.
In the late 1990s, Loisel and Le Tendre launched a spin-off series of 'L'Oiseau du Temps', called 'L'Ami Javin', for which they wrote the scripts together and left the artwork to Lidwine. Loisel also proved a versatile writer for other artists, namely Philippe Sternis ('Pyrénée', 1998), Christine Oudot ('Fanfreluches pour une Sirène', 2001), Pierre Guilmard ('Les Farfelingues', 2001-04) and Vincent Mallié ('Le Grand Mort', 2007, co-written by Djian).
In 2000, Loisel made 'Mali Mélo - Carnet d'un Voyage', based on his experiences during a trip through Africa (co-scripted by Yvon Le Corre and Serge Le Tendre). In the following year, he produced 'Personnel' and 'Triptyque' for Granit Éditions. In 2006 he teamed up with
to create 'Magasin General', a poetic series set in a small town in 1940s Quebec. For this series, that is published by Casterman, the artists developed a joint style, with Loisel doing the pencil work, Tripp the finished art and François Lapierre the colors. In addition to comics, Loisel has also cooperated on the Disney animation films 'Mulan' and 'Atlantis', as well as Olivier Dahan's 'Petit Poucet'.
- 1986: Lucien Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, France
- 1992: Audience Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival
- 1995: Audience Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival
- 2000: nominated for Best German-language Comic for Children and Young People at the Max & Moritz Prizes, Germany
- 2002: nominated for Best German-language Comic for Children and Young People at the Max & Moritz Prizes, Germany
- 2003: nominated for the Audience Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival
- 2006: Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême at the Angoulême International Comics Festival
- 2007: nominated for the Grand Prix, for best French language comic and for best artwork at the Prix Saint-Michel, Brussels
Soaring Penguin Press tell us they have created the Indiegogo campaign, which aims to raise £8000, to support the venture. "It allows me to build publicity for the book and sell copies in advance of printing," Publisher John Anderson told downthetubes.
"We’ve developed a few perks to accompany the campaign," he says, "although we’d rather sell the book. If you have a choice between buying one of the lesser perks, and saving your money to buy the book, buy the book."
Loisel will be attending the BD & Comics Passion Festival, (30th May to 2nd June) at the Institute française, London. If you are able to attend, purchase the Pan perk offered in the campaign, which include t-shirts and badges as well as the book itself. You'll get a copy of the book, and a pass for the weekend so you can meet him.
If you are unable to attend, then purchase the Peter perk, and Soaring Penguin will send you a copy of the book as soon as it becomes available.
Soaring Penguin Press has the UK and European English Language Rights only, so the book cannot be offered outside of the UK or Europe. However, they say they will be shortly starting a Kickstarter campaign to secure the North American Rights.
• IndieGogo Campaign Page: www.indiegogo.com/projects/regis-loisel-s-peter-pan-the-collected-english-edition
Nous serons au Festival de Perros Guirec le 13 et 14 Avril prochain. Dédicaces prévues avec Régis Loisel et Juanjo Guarnido. A Bientôt!— granitassocies.com (@GranitAssocies) 13 mars 2013