Monday, 12 March 2012


Βίκη Τσιώρου. Philippe Druillet: Το Χάος δεν έχει διέξοδο. «Ελευθεροτυπία», Περιοδικό «9» #1 [Τετάρτη 21/6/2000].

Philippe Druillet [28/6/1944, France].

Philippe Druillet is one of the most influential French authors and is well known for his baroque drawings and bizarre science-fiction stories. After working as a photographer for a couple of years, Druillet made his debut in comics with Lone Sloane le Mystère des Abîmes in 1966. Afterwards, he worked as a comedian at the Théatre de Soleil. At the same time, he made his first science-fiction and fantasy illustrations for Opta publishers. Fascinated by Elric le Nécromancien, a novel by Michael Moorcock, Druillet made a comics adaptation of the work in 1968. In 1970, he joined «Pilote» magazine, and he took on the Lone Sloane series again, using an innovative page-setting and contrasted colors. He also began new series, such as Délirius [text by Jacques Lob], Yragaël and Urm le Fou [text by Demuth]. At the same time, he created the character Vuzz for «Phénix». In 1975, together with Bernard Farkas, Jean-Pierre Dionnet and Moebius, he founded the publishing house Humanoïdes Associés and the «Métal Hurlant» periodical. In «Métal Hurlant», he continued the Vuzz series and took on Gail and Salammbô. In 1975 and 1976, after the death of his wife, he drew La Nuit, a cry of revolt. He also continued working for «Pilote» and he began writing scenarios for other artists. As a comics writer, he worked among others with Moebius, Gotlib, Alexis, Bihannic, Picotto and Didier Eberoni. At the end of the 1970s, Druillet began expanding his activities and his focus became multimedia. From 1978 to 1983, Druillet collaborated on Rolf Liebermann's Wagner Space Opera in the Opera of Paris. He founded Space Art Création in 1984 and he made his first glass sculptures. He was also involved with the renovation and the architecture of the Parissien Porte de la Villette subway station. Experimenting with film, photography and painting, Philippe Druillet remains an innovative artist. [].

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