I liked a British TV-Series, The Persuaders, a lot as a kid and enjoyed the novels of Alexandre Dumas and Jules Verne, but my main passion was comics, especially the French and Belgian ones. I loved Valerian, Red Dust, Bernard Prince, Asterix, Lucky Luke, Lone Sloane, Tanguy et Laverdure, Corto Maltese and especially the work of Jean Giraud/ Moebius; Blueberry, Le Garage Hermetique, Arzach and John Difool. If it had not been for the inspiration from Jean Giraud’s books, I am not sure I would have made comics my life’s work.
I am autodidact as an artist, so I primarily learned by doing. I was lucky to get an early start, but that also meant that a good deal of my work saw publication before it was really up to professionel standards. When I see examples of my first published comics, I cringe.