Tanguy & Laverdure, by Patrice Serres
Tanguy & Laverdure

Patrice Serres is a Parisian comic artist, specialized in comics about aviation and animals. He is also an editor and producer, who works in different types of media. He was an art teacher when he made his debut with comic adaptations of Claude Rank's 'La Route de Corinthe' and Albert Simonin's 'Max le Menteur' in France-Soir. He then spent a couple of years in the USA, where he assisted Frank Robbins on 'Johnny Hazard'. Back in France since 1967, he made short stories and editorial pages for magazines Pilote and Formule 1, sometimes using the pseudonym Esdé. He created the aviation series 'Yves Sainclair' with Claude Moliterni in Phénix, that was collected in two books by Dargaud in 1975 and 1976. The series was made into an animation series, called 'Yves Saint Clair', as a co-production by Story, In Fine and Herault, twenty years later.

Yves Sainclair, by Patrice Serres
Yves Sainclair

In the same genre, Serres took over the artwork of 'Tanduy & Laverdure' comic by Jean-Michel Charlier, following the death of Jijé. His stories were serialized in Le Pélélin, and published in books by Novedi between 1981 and 1984. In 1978 he made the series 'Secourir', containing two books in commission of the Red Cross in France. He wrote and drew another aviation comic, called 'Kim Wolf', for Dargaud in 1991. He made an adaptation of Bernard Werber's 'Les Fourmis', about the life of ants, for L'Écho des Savanes in 1994, and created 'Le Bal des Abeilles', a book about bees, with Rémy Chauvin for Éditions du Goral in 2001. In 2007, he made 'Les Forçats de la Route', a comics chronicle of the Tour de France of 1924 through the eyes of journalist Albert Londres.

Le Bal des Abeilles by Patrice Serres
Le Bal des Abeilles

Serres additionally worked as an deputy editor of Tintin magazine in the 1970s, and contributed to the revival of the title with serializations of popular comics like 'Blueberry' and 'Lucky Luke'. He was editor-in-chief of the satirical weekly Hara-Kiri between 1984 and 1991 and served as manager of Yu Pruductions. Besides print, Serres developed radio shows like 'La Radio à Roulettes' for France Musique in 1977, and Trésors Vivants for France Culture in 1978. He has worked as a producer for France Inter, Antenne 2, FR3 and Canal+ in the 1980s, and has designed stamps for La Poste from 2003.

He is furthermore known to be a sinologist, following a trip to China during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. He has used his knowledge on the subject for his comic about the life of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first Chinese emperor, that was published by Philippe Picquier in 2006.

Qin by Patrice Serres
Qin, l'empire des dix mille années

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