– My role models were countless and come from the so-called “popular” culture (but not only). When I was a child, it was the ORTF serials like “Les Galapias”, “Thibault des Croisades”, “Les Globes-Trotteur”, “Belfegor”, “Jacquou le Croquant”, “Poli” and “Thierry la Fronde”. There were also programs for youth like Nounours, Aglaë & Sidonie, Pepin La Bubble, Polux; later variety TV shows. For the theater before discovering Molière, Racine or Marivaux at the college there was “Au théâtre ce soir”. Then there were “the Wednesday Visitors”, “The Children’s Island”, and the start of “Récréa2” for the first Science-Fiction “shocks” of Goldorak (Grendizer), Albator, Cobra (Captain Flam later but on TF1) and the shows on comics like “La Bande à Bédé” … In high school, in addition to Brel, Brassens, Ferré, Quilapayun, the Beatles, or the Stones that I already knew, there was the discovery of Pop/Rock music (Genesis, Bowie, Velvet Undergrond, Sex Pistols, Pink Floyd, Stranglers, Telephone, Cure, Trust, Starshooter, Bronsky Beat, Chalélie Couture… and others I forget about it). But I also listened to French variety or classical music (My father was a classical guitarist and Flamenco) because I have always been eclectic when it comes to musical tastes. There was also literature (French, Spanish, American and South American). Finally, the 1980s were a joy for me with an abundant BD press in France and Europe. I read almost everything, from Métal Hurlant (The magazine, the Choc) to Par Pilote, Charlie Monthly, Fluide Glacial, To be continued for France via El Vibora (another must), Cimoc, Cairo, Madriz, Zona 84 for Spain, to Linus, Eternauta, Corto Maltese for Italy… And others I certainly forget about. Again there are many in addition to those mentioned above. There are all the illustrators of the Clear Line from the 1940s to the 1960s with of course the immense Hergé creator of Tintin, Martin of Lefranc, E.P. Jacobs of Blake and Mortimer … the immense Jijé and Franquin too. Then in the 1980s Swarte, Ever Meulen, Floc’h, Biard, Ted Benoît, Cornillon. Or the generation of Jano, Margerin, Sire … Some Japanese like Tanigushi or Sakaguchi. There is an author whom I detach and whom I particularly admire. He is not an illustrator but a screenwriter: René Goscinny. But if I have to keep on mentioning illustrators, there are two geniuses who fascinate me: Moebius / Giraud (all his work) and Yves Chaland whose death happened at a very young age, and deprived us of his superb work which will remain to my great unfinished despair. I have a fascination for the genius, the irony, the arrogance, the talent, the graphic mastery … of Chaland. I love his quirky “neo-retro” universe with Freddy Lombard, his character.