Person Information
NameFrançois Rivière
Context Information
StoryBiographie de Robert-Howard Barlow (1918-1951) et ses relations avec H.P. Lovecraft
StoryLa visitation d'Amiens
StoryLa femme de cire du musée Spitzner
StoryLe crime de la mosquée
PrefaceLes mystères d'Andreas
ArticleAndréas / Rivière (1982)
François Rivière
from the article "The first publications (1995)":
What happened after Saint-Luc and the Academy?
Andreas: Yet I hold good memories on Saint-Luc, because of the friends and aquaintances it has left me. We shared the same passion, we all wanted to do comics. After Saint-Luc I worked with Antonio Cossu, Philippe Foerster and Philippe Berthet for - I don't remember exactly how long - six to twelve months. We had rented some space and made a workshop out of it. We had much fun. We discussed eachother's work, that was a lot of fun. Talking to comic book artists these days, its always about rights of authorship, contracts and the like. It's no longer about what's really interesting about the trade.
You worked in the same space, yet everyone had his own work...
Andreas: Everyone did his own thing. We just started. I drew the first episode of Révélations posthumes in collaboration with François Rivière and made sketches for Eddy Paape. Antonio Cossu made drawings and the layout for a small business magazine. Philippe Berthet and Philippe Foerster worked on a book about hunting in Belgium; Berthet drew the animals and Foerster did the backgrounds and characters. That was the beginning, we became professional slowly but certainly. Then followed the first festivals of Angoulême, where we made our first important contacts...
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About the same time the first episodes of Révélations posthumes appear in (A Suivre). Where your collaboration with François Rivière originate?
Andreas: The first episode of Révélations posthumes I made in 1977 and these were published the year after in (A Suivre). The contact with François Rivière comes from that famous day when Jijé visited the Saint-Luc. I had a drawing on (site-editor: in Dutch: schaafkarton), my first. That happened to be the only one of which Jijé had said:""That's good! Look, that is good, elegant..." Rivière was there as well. He was looking for someone to do the cover of a Jules Verne book and approached me. Later I asked him to write a story for me. I believe he didn't feel like it at first, but I persisted, so eventually he came up with a text on H.P. Lovecraft. After he had seen the first plates, he became more interested. At first we worked for Métal Hurlant, for a Lovecraft special. But when I was finished, Riviere told me: "Métal Hurlant isn't doing well these days, they don't pay well. Maybe it would be better to go to (A Suivre)." I must say I didn't feel good about this thing with Métal Hurlant. That also led to some arguments. Later I understood that it was really something for (A Suivre). They were looking exactly for this mixture of comics and literature. After that we continued working for them. Métal Hurlant was a lost case in all respects.