Jonathan Cartland, by Michel Blanc-Dumont
Jonathan Cartland

After an artistic education in Applied Arts, Michel Blanc-Dumont worked with his father for three years, restoring paintings and art objects. It is during this period that he developed a passion for the "wild west" and the Native Americans. He began doing some comics work on the side in 1973. He started out publishing in Phénix, but eventually joined Jeunes Années, where he illustrated several Indian legends as well as posters.

Cover, by Michel Blanc-DumontCover, by Michel Blanc-Dumont

His actual comics career took off in 1974, when he began the western series 'Jonathan Cartland' with scenarist Laurence Harlé in Lucky Luke Magazine. The series, that ranks as one of the best in the genre, was later continued in Pilote and Charlie Mensuel, and was collected in book format by Dargaud until 2006.

Jonathan Cartland, by Michel Blanc-Dumont
Jonathan Cartland

In addition to 'Jonathan Cartland', Blanc-Dumont made several illustrations for advertisements and book covers, and cooperated with magazines published by Bayard Presse, such as Hi Kids! and Je Bouquine. His illustration work was collected in the album 'L'Univers de Blanc-Dumont' in 1984, while his short comic stories were collected in 'Courts-Métrages' a year later (both published by Dargaud). Blanc-Dumont started a second series, 'Colby', with Michel Greg for Dargaud between 1991 and 1997. In 2000, he took over the artwork of the series 'La Jeunesse de Blueberry' of Colin Wilson, which he has continued with scriptwriter François Corteggiani since.

He was one of several artists to make a graphic contribution to ‘Pepperland’ (1980), a collective comic book tribute to the store Pepperland, to celebrate its 10th anniversary at the time. 

Blueberry, Gettysburg by Michel Blanc-Dumont
La Jeunesse de Blueberry - Gettysburg

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