L'Heritier by Joseph Behe
'L'Heritier' #4 (2009), with Camille Meyer.

Joseph Béhé is the pen name of Joseph Griesmar, a comic artist born in Alsace and educated at the School of Decorative Arts in Strassbourg. He worked in the atelier of Claude Lapointe, head of the Academy's illustration section, and learned the finer points of several artforms, including painting and sculpting. While still studying, Béhé had his first professional assignments. In 1986 he met Toff, a science researcher, with whom he created 'Péché Mortel,' a political fiction in which a deadly virus ruins Earth. Finally, in 1989, Dargaud accepted this comic and published it in Pilote.

He continued to work for Dargaud, and made 'La Péniche Bleue' with a script by Delisse, under his own name, in 1990. He then launched the 'Pour l'Amour de de l'Art' saga with scriptwriters Serge Le Tendre and Pascale Rey in 1991. Béhé drew the first album, and handed over the artistic duties to Jean-Pierre Danard afterwards.

Péché Mortel by Joseph Behe
'Péché Mortel'.

In 1992, Vents d'Ouest became his permanent publisher. Béhé teamed up with Toff again and made the scientific thriller 'Double Je' (two books in 1992 and 1993). With Marc Jesser, he set up 'Le Jeu', a company game about the understanding between publishers and authors. He also edited 'Nique la Crise', a collective album about exclusion and worked with scriptwriter Eric Boisset on 'Minuit à Rhodes', a police story in two episodes, in 1995. Between 1997 and 1999, he made three new books in the series 'Péché Mortel' with Toff.

Le Manuscrit, by Joseph Béhé
'Le Manuscrit' (2001).

In 2001 Béhé drew 'Le Manuscrit', the first episode of Giroud's collective series 'Le Decalogue'. He was subsequently responsible, together with Camille Meyer, for the artwork of the project's sequel, 'Le Légataire', a sequel to 'Le Décalogue' from 2006 to 2010. In 2011 he also participated in Giroud's next collective project, 'Destins', of which he drew the 11th installment.

Between 2003 and 2007 Béhé also cooperated with Thomas Mosdi on fantasy serial 'Chimères'. Together with Armandine Laprun, he was responsible for the scripts of 'Erminio le Milanais' (Vents d'Ouest, 2006) and 'Le Chant du Pluvier' (Delcourt, 2009), graphic novels drawn by Erwann Surcouf. Together with Claude Lapointe, Cyril Bonin and Christian Heinrich, Béhé set up Atelier BD, a website featuring courses in drawing comics, interviews and news.

Chimères by Joseph Behe
'Chimères' #3 (2007).


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