Country of origin: France Europe Comics Publisher: Dargaud (France)
André Juillard developed a passion for comic books as a child, when he'd devour the weekly Tintin magazine. Without even realizing it, he became a specialist in the "ligne claire" style through his reading of Hergé, Jacobs, and Bob De Moor at the height of their talent. When he graduated from high school, he began to study the decorative arts in Paris, and soon met Martin Veyron and Jean-Claude Denis. Educated amateurs were, at the time, the great hope of the comics scene, and Juillard soon began to make an impact. In 1982 he paired with Patrick Cothias for Sept Vies de l'Épervier, an instant classic. Juillard created a whole new movement of historical graphics novels comic books, and in 1995 his achievements were recognized when his Cahier Bleu won him the prize for best album at the Angouleme Comics Festival. And the year after, he received the festival's Grand Prix. Then in 2000 he reached another milestone, when he was asked to take the artistic reins of Blake & Mortimer, alongside scriptwriter Yves Sente. In 2003 and 2004 the pair followed with two more volumes, and they have continued their collaboration in the years since, including the 2016 The Testament of William S. (Cinebook in English). Aside from his contribution to the Blake & Mortimer series, he's also worked with numerous well-known writers such as Pierre Christin on Lena (Dargaud/Europe Comics) and Yann on the historical war dramas Mezek (Le Lombard/Europe Comics) and Double 7 (Dargaud/Europe Comics).