Story Information
TitleLa montre aux 7 rubis
Number of pages30
ScenarioAndré-Paul Duchâteau
DraftsmanEddy Paape
Context Information
AlbumLa montre aux 7 rubis
AlbumLa montre aux 7 rubis
Magazine PublicationTintin/Hello BD (fr); Kuifje (nl) (1978, number 41-50)
from the article "The first publications (1995)":
Andreas: We worked on Udolfo when I moved to Paris, that was in 1978.
For Udolfo you were given a scenario. Could you decide yourself which points of view, ways of cutting pictures, and what positioning of the characters to use?
I had the scenario of André-Paul Duchâteau, specifying on the left what happens on each picture and on the right the dialogues, picture by picture. But I had a lot of freedom. Eddy Paape wanted me especially for the plate layout, the mise en scène.
That work division is remarkable, because in American comics the one who sketches and cuts the story in pictures is credited with the drawing, while an assistant inks all accordingly. Yet in Tintin/Hello BD (fr); Kuifje (nl) you were only mentioned for your work on La montre aux 7 rubis in the fifth episode, starting with page 12.
Andreas: That's possible, but it didn't really bother me. I was happy to be doing something. I was of course very surprised when Eddy Paape asked me to do the sketches for him! Anyway, Milton Caniff also had someone doing the sketches for him.