Elsa, by Michel Faure

After his artistic studies, Michel Faure was sent to Madagascar for his military service. He stayed there for ten years, and published his first comic, 'Héry' in 1975. Three years later, he settled on the isle of La Réunion and started working for the Havas agency. As a freelancer, he provided several illustrations and comic pages with scripts by Daniel Vaxelaire to Télé 7 Jours. His weekly comic, called 'Aventures dans l'Océan Indien', was collected in albums by Arts Graphiques Modernes in 1978 and 1979.

After discovering the work of Frank Frazetta, Faure drew 'Adam ou la Colère de Dieu', later published by Glénat under the name 'Dieu, sa Fille et l'Homme'. For this same publisher, he produced 'Moïse' in 1983. Faure then joined a team of under water archaeologists, which inspired him to make 'John Bowen' and 'Captain Avery', two pirate comics with scripts by Lizé, in 1983 and 1984.

Faure also worked for the juvenile press: his comic 'L'Étalon Noir', with scripts by Robert Génin and based on the work of Walter Farley, appeared in Le Journal de Mickey. In addition, he made comic adaptations of Lamorisse's 'Crin Blanc' with the scenarist François Corteggiani in 1988. In the mid-1980s he took on the series 'Les Fils de l'Aigle', again in cooperation with Vaxelaire. This series was initially published by Hachette, but was later continued at Les Humanoïdes Associés, Arboris and eventually Theloma.

Together with Nicole Nord, he returned to one of his first sources of inspiration: the Bible, and started the saga 'L'Ange' at Les Humanoïdes Associés. Later on, he joined Corteggiani again and produced a comic adaptation of 'L'Île au Trésor' by Robert Louis Stevenson. In 1992, he adapted yet another novel, this time Joseph Kessel's 'Le Lion', scripted by Alain Bouton and published in Okapi. During the following year, he participated in a collective album at Vents d'Ouest, dealing with the pirate theme again, and produced 'Vercors' in Okapi with Mathilde Ferguson and Alain Bouton.

Between 1996 and 1998, he illustrated the 'Elsa' trilogy, in cooperation with Makyo for Glénat. Also with Makyo, he made the third cycle of the 'Balade au Bout du Monde' saga. In 2003, he participated in Frank Giroud's 'Le Décalogue' project, for which he illustrated the ninth album. That same year, Faure created the 'Le Maître de Peinture' series with Makyo and Frédéric Richaud at Glénat.

comic art by Michel Faure

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