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Art print signed and numbered by François Schuiten: The Octopus.
Limited to 300 copies + 30 artist proofs, this is one of the artist proofs.
The poster was created for "Les Rendez-vous de la Bande Dessinée d'Amiens" in 2019, featuring the giant octopus from The Enigma of Atlantis. It was drawn by François Schuiten and colored by Laurent Durieux.
Support: Artic 250 g/m² vellum paper.
Dimensions: 50 x 70 cm.
Blake and Mortimer is a Belgian comic series created by Edgar P. Jacobs in 1946. It features the adventures of two main characters, Philip Mortimer and Captain Francis Blake, as well as many other secondary characters. The series takes place mainly in the early 20th century and is known for its scientific and historical realism. Philip Mortimer is a renowned scientist, specializing in physics and chemistry, while Captain Francis Blake is a British army officer. The two men are great friends and often work together to solve scientific mysteries or criminal plots. The series was first published in 1946 with the album "The Case of the Collar," which featured the first showdown between Mortimer and Blake against a common enemy, Colonel Olrik. Since then, many other albums have been published, following the adventures of Mortimer and Blake around the world. Some of the most famous albums in the series include "The Mystery of the Great Pyramid," "The Three Formulas of Professor Sato," and "The Yellow Mark." Jacobs also created many other secondary characters for the series, such as Professor Sato, a brilliant Japanese scientist, and Ernie, Mortimer's loyal assistant. The series has been hugely successful in Belgium and has been translated into many languages worldwide. In addition to its scientific and historical realism, the series is also known for its thrilling plot and quality artwork. After Edgar P. Jacobs's death in 1987, several writers and artists have succeeded him in continuing the Blake and Mortimer series. Among the writers who have contributed to the series are Yves Sente, Jean Van Hamme, Jean-Luc Fromental, and Ted Benoît. As for the artists, they include André Juillard, Bob De Moor, Bruno Melliti, Étienne Schréder, René Sterne, Chantal De Spiegeleer, Antoine Aubin, Peter van Dongen, Teun Berserik, and Christian Cailleaux. Each of these authors brought their own vision and unique style to the series, while respecting the legacy left by Jacobs. The series has continued to be a great success with fans and has been published in many countries around the world.
François SCHUITEN is a cartoonist and Belgian set designer. The son (and grandson) of an architect, his creation is heavily influenced by this legacy.
At 16 he published his first story in Pilote (Mutation). He studied comics at the Institut Saint-Luc and with Claude Renard. From 1977 to 1980, he participated in the first three volumes of the 9th Dream, from which will emerge the new generation of Belgian comic books (Alain Goffin, André Juillard, Benoit Sokal, Philippe Berthet, Benoit Peeters).
From 1977, he also published in Metal Hurlant, working with Claude Renard for Le Rail in 1982. But it was in 1983, with Benoit Peeters, that he began the publication of his most emblematic series The Obscure Cities, with The Walls of Samaria.
Located in a parallel universe but with many similarities with ours, The Obscure Cities has been awarded many prizes. Its narrative inventiveness and graphic completion make it, in 12 volumes, one of the flagship works of modern comics.
When he doesn’t work with Peeters, Schuiten walks the arcana of Belgian comics with Goffin or Renard. He also knows how to diversify, by working for the cinema (Mr Nobody de Jaco Van Dormael), by reinventing metro stations (both in Brussels and Paris), or by designing the scenography of the train museum at Schaerbeek station! The train is the famous Type 12, the Atlantic steam locomotive that he travels through this new page of history that is close to his heart (La Douce, 2012) in graphics that lend themselves very well to his way of tangling the lines, to show that human constructions always have a small labyrinth side !
In 2019, he announces to end his career as a comic book writer, after spending 4 years on aBlake and Mortimer album, The Last Pharaoh, on a script by Thomas Gunzig and Jaco Van Dormael.
These funny flying machines that make us rethink the space of our cities are going to miss us !