Jean-Marc Lofficier

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Jean-Marc Lofficier
Born (1954-06-22) June 22, 1954 (age 60)
Toulon, France
Nationality French
Spouse(s) Randy Lofficier

www.lofficier.com

Jean-Marc Lofficier (born June 22, 1954) is a French author of books about films and television programs, as well as numerous comic books and translations of a number of animation screenplays. He usually collaborates with his wife, Randy Lofficier (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 3, 1953).

Biography[edit]

Jean-Marc Lofficier was born in Toulon, France in 1954. The son of a serviceman, he moved several times during his formative years, spending "a goodly part of my childhood in Bordeaux, and my teenage years in Fontainebleau."[1] A budding writer from an early age, Lofficier also

"drew my own little comic strips when I was 13, 14, and began being published in French 'zines at 16."[1] Recalling in 2005 that "writing wasn't deemed a respectable, economically sound way of making a living," he "got a MBA and a Law degree, then went to work in international banking."[1]

Graduating from the Sorbonne Law University and from ESCP Europe business school in 1978, Jean-Marc Lofficier moved to Los Angeles, California, where he met Randy. Jean-Marc and Randy were married the following year.[1] Jean-Marc recalled in 2005 that their writing partnership developed alongside their personal relationship; "Randy always wanted to write... [so] it evolved organically in a mutually complementary working relationship."[1] Jean-Marc and Randy moved to Chalabre, France in 2005.

Magazines and Hollywood[edit]

In 1979, the Lofficiers built on Jean-Marc's earlier work for fanzines and French magazines - including Lunatique and L'Ecran Fantastique, for which he wrote a combination of articles, reviews and short stories - and began working as "film journalists" for a variety of "cinema/sf pro magazines."[1] Covering the Hollywood-based film industry (and particularly those aspects with a Sci-Fi or Fantasy bent), the Lofficiers wrote for a number of magazines created both for American and overseas audiences.

Their work appeared in such mainstream U.S. publications as Starlog, Cinefex, Heavy Metal and American Cinematographer, as well as more focused publications including T. E. D. Klein's The Twilight Zone Magazine. Overseas, the Lofficiers' work appeared in UK magazines including Dez Skinn's Starburst (the magazine of "Science Fantasy in Television, Cinema and Comix") and House of Hammer,[1] while in France, they continued to contribute to L'Ecran Fantastique.

Guides, books and novels[edit]

The Lofficiers' magazine work, which included short stories, retrospectives and TV program guides alongside journalistic articles, led naturally to them co-authoring a number of non-fiction books about film and television programs. Their first - The Doctor Who Programme Guide, published by W. H. Allen Ltd in 1981 - arose from their work for French magazine L'Ercran Fantastique. The pair produced

"a series of dossiers on SF TV series for L'Ecran Fantastique: The Prisoner, Star Trek, Twilight Zone and... Doctor Who. For that [Who] dossier [Jean-Marc Lofficier] interviewed Terrance Dicks and Graham Williams. Then I sent them a courtesy copy. Terrance passed it on to Christine Donougher at WH Allen who saw an opportunity to publish it as a book."[1]

This title in turn led to the Lofficiers producing several novelizations and editing various anthologies of science fiction and fantasy short stories.

Animation and comics[edit]

In 1985, Randy Lofficier completed Harry Love's Animation Writing Seminar at Hanna-Barbera, which led the Lofficiers to write a number of animation scripts for television series such as The Real Ghostbusters and Duck Tales. They also began to write numerous scripts for a variety of comic books, often in collaboration with other writers, notably Roy Thomas, for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Their best-known works include a trilogy of DC Elseworlds based on German Expressionism cinema incorporating characters such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, the Book of the Vishanti back-up feature for Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme, two stories for Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, and the Tongue*Lash series for Dark Horse Comics.

Translation[edit]

The following year, the Lofficiers were hired by French artist Moebius then living in Santa Monica to translate and arrange for the publication of his works in English under the aegis of his company, Starwatcher Graphics. This led to a series of 30+ graphic novels published mostly by Epic Comics until 1995. During that time, the Lofficiers also translated numerous French comics for Dark Horse Comics, co-editing their comic Cheval Noir, and for Renegade Press, co-editing their comic French Ice, featuring the series Carmen Cru by French artist Jean-Marc Lelong. In 1990, in recognition of their career as writers, translators and editors, the Lofficiers were presented with the Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Arts.

Comics[edit]

After Moebius returned to France and Starwatcher Graphics was disbanded in 2000, the Lofficiers started their own company, Hollywood Comics,[2] which advises and counsels comic book professionals in their dealings with Hollywood. In 2003, they created their own small press, Black Coat Press,[3] to translate and publish classics of French pulp literature into English, relying in part on the output of British writer/translator Brian Stableford.

From 2000 to 2003, Jean-Marc Lofficier was editor and senior writer of a line of French comic books published by Semic Comics, redeveloping old French characters from the 1960s such as Wampus, Kabur, Phenix, Homicron, Dragut and Dick Demon into more modern versions, even gathering a number of them in the mini-series Strangers published by Image Comics in 2003.[4] This universe of characters is now gathered as Hexagon Comics. The Lofficiers also wrote "Blood Oath" a crossover between Phenix and Top Cow's Witchblade.[5][6] In 2011, the Lofficiers started to reprint the "classic" stories from the 1960s and 1970s in a series of black & white trade paperbacks, as well as write new stories in partnership with Wanga Comics.

Pulps and science-fiction[edit]

Also for the French comic market, the Lofficiers recently wrote a trilogy of graphic novels based on the character of Robur created by Jules Verne. Illustrated by Gil Formosa, the first two volumes were nominated for the 2005 Jules Verne Award for Bandes Dessinees.[7] There were published in English in Heavy Metal.

In 2005, the Lofficiers left California and relocated to the town of Chalabre, in the South of France. They started another small press, Rivière Blanche,[8] to publish French science fiction novels in the nostalgic style of the long-defunct Anticipation imprint of Editions Fleuve Noir.

Lofficier's official website includes a section entitled "Illustrated History of the French Saint Novels", a guide to French-language novels based upon the character of Simon Templar (alias "The Saint"), created by Leslie Charteris.[9]

Works[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

Books include:

  • Over Here: An American Expat in the South of France (bio) (Black Coat Press, 2006, ISBN 1-932983-68-6)

Comics (writing)[edit]

Comics work includes:

  • Doctor Strange:
    • Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #6-8: "Book of the Vishanti" (art by Tom Sutton, Marvel Comics, 1989)
    • Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #9-13, 15: "Book of the Vishanti" (art by David Day & Dan Day, Marvel, 1990)
    • Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #16, 17, 20: "Book of the Vishanti" (art by Geof Isherwood, Marvel, 1990)
    • Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #21-23: "Book of the Vishanti" (art by Lee Weeks, Marvel, 1990)
    • Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #26-27: "Book of the Vishanti" (art by Geof Isherwood, Marvel, 1991)
    • Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #31-33 (art by Larry Alexander, Marvel, 1991)
    • Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #37-41, #47 (with Roy Thomas, art by Geof Isherwood, Marvel, 1992)
    • Doctor Strange Annual #2 (back-up features) (art by M. C. Wyman, Dave Hoover, Marvel, 1992)
    • Marvel Super-Heroes Winter '92 (art by Brian Postman, Marvel, 1992)
    • Marvel Super-Heroes Summer '93 (art by Greg LaRocque, Marvel, 1993)
  • "The Last Party on Earth" in A1 #4 (Atomeka, 1990)
  • Robur:
    • De la Lune à la Terre/From the Moon to the Earth (art by Gil Formosa, Albin Michel, 2003; Heavy Metal, December 2003)
    • 20000 Ans sous les Mers/20000 Years Under the Sea (art by Gil Formosa, Albin Michel, 2004; Heavy Metal, Fall 2005)
    • Voyage au Centre de la Lune/Journey to the Center of the Moon (art by Gil Formosa, Albin Michel, 2005; Heavy Metal, Fall 2007)

Comics (translations)[edit]

Works by Moebius[10] :

  • Moebius
    • #1 - Upon A Star (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1987)
    • #2 - Arzach (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1987)
      • Legends of Arzach #1-6 (Tundra Press, 1992)
        • Visions of Arzach (Tundra, 1993)
      • Arzach (Dark Horse, 1996)
    • #3 - The Airtight Garage (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1987)
    • #4 - The Long Tomorrow (written by Dan O'Bannon) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1987)
      • The Exotics (Dark Horse, 1997)
    • #5 - The Gardens of Aedena (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1988)
    • #6 - Pharagonesia (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1988)
      • Rock City (Dark Horse, 1996)
    • #7 - The Goddess (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1990)
    • #8 - Mississippi River (written by Jean-Michel Charlier) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1991)
    • #0 - The Horny Goof (Dark Horse, 1990)
    • #1/2 - The Early Moebius (Graffiti, 1992)
    • #9 - Stel (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1994)
    • The Art of Moebius (edited by Byron Preiss, Marvel/Epic/Berkley Books, 1989)
    • Carnet 3 and Interview '74 in A-1 #4 (Atomeka, 1990)
    • Chaos (Marvel/Epic, 1991)
    • Metallic Memories (Marvel/Epic, 1992)
    • Fusion (Marvel/Epic, 1995)
    • The Man From The Ciguri in Cheval Noir #26-50 (Dark Horse, 1992–94)
      • The Man from the Ciguri (Dark Horse, 1996)
    • Moebius Comics #1-6 (Caliber Press, 1996–97)
  • Marie-Dakar in Dark Horse Presents #63 (Dark Horse, 1992)
  • The Incal (written by Alejandro Jodorowsky)
    • The Incal #1-3 (Marvel/Epic, 1988)
    • In the Heart of the Impregnable Meta-Bunker in A-1 #4 (Atomeka, 1990)
      • In the Heart of the Impregnable Meta-Bunker in Heavy Metal(1990)
    • Metabarons #1 - Othon the Great (Heavy Metal, 1995)
  • Blueberry (written by Jean-Michel Charlier)
    • Blueberry #1 - Chihuahua Pearl (incl. The $500,000 Man) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1989)
    • Blueberry #2 - Ballad for a Coffin (inc. The Outlaw) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1989)
    • Blueberry #3 - Angel Face (inc. Broken Nose) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1990)
    • Blueberry #4 - The Ghost Tribe (inc. The Long March) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1990)
    • Blueberry #5 - The End of the Trail (inc. The Last Card) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1990)
    • Young Blueberry #1 - Blueberry's Secret (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1989)
    • Young Blueberry #2 - A Yankee Named Blueberry (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1990)
    • Young Blueberry #3 - The Blue Coats (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1990)
    • Lt. Blueberry #1 - The Iron Horse (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1991)
    • Lt. Blueberry #2 - Steelfingers (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1991)
    • Lt. Blueberry #3 - General Golden Mane (inc. The Trail of the Sioux) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1991)
    • Marshal Blueberry - The Lost Dutchman's Mine (inc. The Ghost with Golden Bullets) (Marvel/Epic, 1991)
    • Blueberry - Arizona Love in Cheval Noir #46-50 (Dark Horse, 1993)
  • The Magic Crystal #1-3 (written by Moebius; art by Marc Bati)
    • #1 - The Magic Crystal (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1990)
    • #2 - Island of the Unicorn (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1990)
    • #3 - Aurelys's Secret (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1990)
  • M. Mouche in A-1 #3 (written by Jean-Luc Coudray, Atomeka, 1989)
  • Eyes of the Cat in Taboo #4 (written by Alejandro Jodorowsky, Spiderbaby, 1990)
  • The Madwoman of the Sacred-Heart in Dark Horse Presents #70-76 (Dark Horse, 1993)
    • The Madwoman of the Sacred-Heart #1-#2 (Dark Horse, 1996)

Cheval Noir (Dark Horse, 1989–94)

Other:

Filmography[edit]

Animation[edit]

Features[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Christian Cawley, "Jean-Marc Lofficier Interview" (Part 1) for Kasterborous, March 13, 2005. Accessed December 29, 2008[dead link]
  2. ^ "Hollywood Comics.com". Hollywood Comics.com. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  3. ^ "Black Coat Press.com". Black Coat Press.com. 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  4. ^ Starnger No More - Lofficier on Semic/Image's Strangers, Newsarama, November 12, 2002
  5. ^ Witchblade Teams With Semic Heroines, Newsarama, June 10, 2003
  6. ^ Frenchblade: Semic's Witchblade: Witchblade , Newsarama, December 5, 2004
  7. ^ "Google Translate". Translate.google.com. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  8. ^ "Rivière Blanche.com". Riviereblanche.com. 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  9. ^ "The Saint Novels in French". Lofficier.com. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  10. ^ MOEBIUS graphic novels; Translations by R & JM Lofficier. Accessed 31st December 2008
  11. ^ "Despair: The Movie". Despair-themovie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 

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