Sunday, June 10, 2012

Regis Loisel



While staying in Montreal for my seminar last week I visited my friend Regis Loisel.

Regis is a superstar in the comic strip world, or Bande Dessinee as they call it in his native France.
We first met in Paris in the early 90ies while I was working at the French Disney Studio, animating on the Mickey short "Runaway Brain" or  "Mickey perd la Tete".
Regis at that time was drawing a series of comic strip volumes based on the story of "Peter Pan".  That strip is already a classic.
He has won many awards for his work, and his fan base is huge.
Regis ended up working for Disney on a couple of projects, "Mulan" and later "Atlantis".
Hans Bacher has been posting some of that work on his blog, take a look:


You should also google/images him and find out what an amazing range he shows in his work.
While he adores Classic Disney, his own art shows occasionally violence and sex.
And yet his drawings are always beautiful and sincere.
Regis is a super guy to know personally, and he is a top notch talent in the world of comics.

Here are just a few examples from "Peter Pan" and "La Quete de l'Oiseau du Temps".





16 comments:

  1. Wow this is great art. I really like looking at these.

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  2. Wow his work is great. I love the Peter Pan comics. It would be great to se some of his style animated. Thanks for introducing us to these artists.

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  3. Wow he is amazing, those Mulan concepts from the link are beyond words.

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  4. I bet he has a few more fans now! It looks like Amazon are going to be getting more of my money!! :P

    Thanks for sharing Andreas!

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  5. Two great artists like you together, je trouve ça incroyable :)

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  6. I've always loved Regis' work. Especially his pen and ink drawings of Tinkerbell. On another note... I have a wonderful Milt Kahl cel of an exasperated Edgar the butler holding up his trousers. (I can still watch the human animation Milt did in that film frame by frame until my eyes bleed!Simply masterful and still untouchable.) Unfortunately the paint is peeling off the back. I'd like to give it to you. We share the same appreciation for Milt,as well as other artists,and I feel it appropriate and the best thing for the cel. You know best how to preserve it and give it a good home. If you'll have it you can email me back. Cheers!

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    1. sorry :P... that would be: jmerghart@gmail.com

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  7. I love the way he draws people – so interesting to look at. :D

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  8. The lady's profile for the second black and white drawing closely remembers me of Audrey Ramirez from Atlantis. Even if I don't like that movie very much (great action sequences, and a lot of wonderful epic ones, but too similar to Fushigi no umi no Nadia or Tenkū no shiro Rapyuta in my opinion) I adore this graphic style!

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  9. I wonder whatever happened to Trikfilm and the animated version of his "Peter Pan".they had enough work done to show a short preview.

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    1. As far as I know they never got the funding for the project.

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  10. How can I get info on booking you to speak about art,animation or any thing else you want.I am out of Auburn Al. and we have a large University with a large Art program and I think the students need to hear from someone like you.

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    1. Thanks for your interest. Since this will be a very busy rest of the year for me, you can get in touch with me early next year to discuss a possible visit.

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  11. So that's why he was on the pictures of the class you gave! Have you seen his latest comic ''Magasin Général''? Why his style and the style of Jean-Louis Tripp, it has a whole other feeling to it.

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  12. Thanks Andreas I will be in touch. I have all ready started talking to people about venues for you to show in.

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  13. Thought you might like to see there's a collected english edition of Peter Pan coming out, his series are amazing but so difficult to find translated-

    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/regis-loisel-s-peter-pan-the-collected-english-edition/x/2485986?c=home

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