Didier Comès

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Didier Comès
Born Dieter Hermann Comès
(1942-12-11)11 December 1942
Sourbrodt, Belgium
Died 7 March 2013(2013-03-07) (aged 70)
Nationality Belgian
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
Le Dieu vivant
Ergün l'errant
Silence

Didier Comès (11 December 1942 – 7 March 2013[1]) was a Belgian comics artist, best known for his graphic novels published in the magazine (À Suivre).

Biography[edit]

Didier Comès was born as Dieter Hermann Comès in Sourbrodt in 1942.[2] Growing up in a small village in the Hautes Fagnes with a German-speaking father and a French-speaking mother, he defines himself as a "bastard of two cultures".[3] He left school at 16 to start working as an industrial artist in a factory in Verviers, making his debut in the newspaper Le Soir with the comic strip Hermann in 1969. Four years later he made his first typical long story, Le Dieu vivant, the first part of the series Ergün l'errant, for the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Pilote. In this story, like in most of his later work, the cinematic images take precedence over the story, which is fantastic, and centers around death and mythology.[2]

His breakthrough followed with Silence, a harrowing story featuring a mute boy in the Ardennes after World War II. All these elements, war, mythology, troubled relations, witchcraft, animals, and death, often placed in the Ardennes, the region where he is born and lives, are recurring themes in most of his later graphic novels, long unrelated stories in black and white.[2] Comès was early on influenced by fellow Ardennais comic artists René Hausman and Paul Deliège, and would later become friends with his example[clarification needed] Hugo Pratt.

He died, aged 70, in March 2013.

Bibliography[edit]

Series Years Volumes Editor
Ergün l'errant 1974-1981 2 Casterman and Dargaud
Silence 1980 1 Casterman
L'Ombre du corbeau 1981 1 Le Lombard
La Belette 1983 1 Casterman
Eva 1985 1 Casterman
L'arbre-coeur 1988 1 Casterman
Iris 1991 1 Casterman
La Maison ou rêvent les arbres 1995 1 Casterman
Les larmes du tigre 2000 1 Casterman
Dix de der 2006 1 Casterman

Awards[edit]

- Yellow Kid for best foreign artist at the Festival of Lucca, Italy[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/cultuur%2Ben%2Bmedia/kunsten/130307_didiercomes
  2. ^ a b c De Weyer, Geert (2005). "Comès". In België gestript, pp. 95-96. Tielt: Lannoo.
  3. ^ Biography at Casterman (French) Last retrieved 18 October 2006
  4. ^ a b [1] (French) Last retrieved 18 October 2006
  5. ^ Lucca 1980 website (Italian) Last retrieved 18 October 2006

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Béra, Michel; Denni, Michel; and Mellot, Philippe (1998): "Trésors de la Bande Dessinée 1999-2000". Paris, Les éditions de l'amateur. ISBN 2-85917-258-0