The Quest for the Time Bird" is a series of heroic fantasy comic books created by Régis Loisel in 1983. The screenplay is by Serge Le Tendre and Régis Loisel collaborated from the second cycle. The drawings were made by several artists, according to the cycles, or even according to the different volumes of a cycle. Régis Loisel produced the four volumes of the first cycle and also produced the colors of the first volume of the second cycle. The story takes place in the world of Akbar, which is in danger because the cursed god Ramor will soon be released from prison. The princess-sorceress Mara has deciphered the gods' grimoire and has found the spell that binds Ramor to his prison, but the spell is long and complicated. For this reason, she sends Pélisse and Knight Bragon to search for the time bird, which has the power to freeze time and which would allow Mara to complete her spell. Their quest will take them through five of the seven steps of the country. The first cycle of the series, consisting of four albums, was published at the end of the 1980s. The second cycle, which is a prequel to the original quest, was begun in 1998 with volume 5 and was originally intended to consist of three to four albums. However, in late 2017, a fifth volume was published and in 2020, the sixth volume was published. Serge Le Tendre, co-screenwriter of the series, announced in 2017 that there would be three additional albums for this prequel cycle, making a total of eight albums for this second cycle. The third cycle of the series, entitled "After the Quest", was to be co-written by Serge Le Tendre and Régis Loisel, with drawings by Régis Loisel. The authors also announced that this third cycle would include one or two albums, but no more, and would end with the physical death of Bragon.
Régis LOISEL is a cartoonist and screenwriter for French comics. After a childhood in the west of France, he moved to Paris at the age of 20 and did his first comic book publications, notably in Les Pieds Nikelés. After a stint at the university, comic section, where he has Jean-Claude Mézières as professor, he publishes short stories (notably as co-author with Cothias and Le Tendre), in Pilote, Pif Gadget or Métal Hurlant.
In 1975, he began what would become one of his masterpieces: The Quest of the Time Bird (Volume 1 was published in its entirety in 1982). At the same time, he works extensively as an illustrator, both for the press and for advertising. In the 80s, he made vignettes for Malabar, theatre posters, screen prints (he is one of the first comic books to be published and self-published).
After La Quête de l'Oiseau du temps, which currently has 11 albums (most written by Loisel but drawn by different comic books throughout the pages of the work), Loisel tackles Peter Pan, and in 6 albums, he offers a personal vision, funny, accomplished and profound works by J.M. Barrie.
Initially based in Brittany (he also created the Perros-Guirec comic strip festival), he left in the early 2000s to settle in Quebec. This is where he will locate the action of his new series (in association with Jean Louis Tripp) Magasin Général, which takes place in the 1920s. Drawing dry, powerful, rich scenario, the series will be available in 9 albums. If Loisel is a touch of all genius, he is also a draftsman/collaborator who does not hesitate to be a screenwriter, draftsman, colorist, to occupy only one of his positions, to feed on the passion of other screenwriters, the pencil stroke of other draftsmen. Generous, multiple, Loisel reflects his work: eclectic and exciting.