Gorillakronieken 1 - Apen in Antwerpen
Gorillakronieken 1 - Apen in Antwerpen

Not much is known about the Belgian comic book artist Bernard Linssen. Born in Jambes (near Namur) in 1956, he worked in the studio of Édouard Aidans in the second half of the 1970s, alongside Magda Seron. Under the joint pen name Cary, Linssen and Seron made the caveman comic 'Les Aventures de Tumak' for the newspaper Vers l'Avenir in 1977. Linssen presented his work to Jean Van Hamme in the early 1980s. This resulted in two short stories published in Tintin magazine and Super Tintin: 'Frère cerf' (script by Van Hamme, 1980) and 'Le Paradis Terrestre' (script by Crisse, 1981). He later drew the rather obscure comic book series 'Chroniques gorilles' ('Gorillakronieken'), which was scripted by Jean-Claude Smit-Le-Bénédicte. Two books were published by Himalaya (Loempia) in both French and Dutch language: 'La loi des séries' ('Apen in Antwerpen', 1990) and 'Les ombres du président' ('De gorilla’s van de president', 1991). The comic is set in an anthropomorphic world where all characters are apes. Yet in one scene, where the characters flee into the Antwerp Zoo there still happen to be regular animals in the zoo... Further whereabouts of Bernard Linssen are unknown. The artist passed away around 2016.

Broeder Hert (Kuifje #2, 1980)
Broeder Hert (Kuifje #2, 1980)

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