Christopher Columbus by Jijé and Lorg
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Laurent Gillain is the youngest son of Joseph Gillain, better known as comic creator Jijé. He has worked on several of his father's comics, either as an assistant or as a provider of additional art for posthumous publications. He signed his work with "Lorg".

He grew up in an artistic environment in the middle of France, where the Belgian Gillain family had settled down after their trip through the USA and Mexico. The family home was frequented by many legendary comic artists. For instance Jean-Claude Mézières and Jean Giraud learned the trade in Jijé's atelier. Laurent's eldest brother Benoît became a successful advertising artist, while the middle brother Philippe worked with his father on a couple of 'Jean Valhardi' and 'Jerry Spring' albums. His sister Dominique became a painter and illustrator, and Laurent became the assistant of his father.

Laurent's collaboration with his father began when Jijé took over the pirate comic 'Barbe-Rouge' from Victor Hubinon in 1979. Laurent helped his father with the artwork. Jijé was also drawing 'Tanguy & Laverdure' at the time, and was by then already suffering from cancer. Lorg, Jijé and writer Jean-Michel Charlier cooperated on the albums 'Le Feu De L'Enfer' (1979) and 'L'Île des vaisseaux perdus' (1980), until Jijé passed away in 1980. Laurent's involvement in the comic also ended, and 'Barbe-Rouge' was continued by Christian Gaty.

Lorg drew the cover for the 15th 'Jean Valhardi' album, 'Le Duel des Idoles', in 1986. The story, created by Jijé and Guy Mouminoux, was first published in Spirou magazine back in 1965. He also redrew most of his father's comics biography about Christopher Columbus from 1946, which was published by Hélyode in two books in 1992 and 1993. Laurent Gillain has continued his career as a designer of furniture, stained glass and mosaics with the Eugène Sart workshop in Montauban.

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