Country of origin: France Europe Comics Publisher: Dargaud (France)
Pierre Christin was born in suburban Paris in 1938, and studied at both the Sorbonne and Sciences Po in Paris. Alongside his jazz music and his first jobs in journalism, he set off to America's West Coast in the '60s, where he discovered the joys of life on a ranch and the open highway, as well as sci-fi, crime fiction, and the richness of African-American music. In 1967, he and Jean-Claude Mézières released the first of many Valerian adventures. From 1970 to 1980, with Pilote magazine, he wrote for various aritists, including Tardi and Boucq—totaling nearly 60 comics—dealing with all kinds of themes, adapting his style to each collaborator. He always kept his optimistic, even utopian, side for his old friend Mézières, whose narrative clarity and humor he always enjoyed working with. Christin tended to save his more serious subjects for Enki Bilal, producing such classics as Les Phalanges de l'Ordre Noir and Partie de chasse. Yet his range was greater still, and he explored other themes with Annie Goetzinger, crafting detailed and intimate portraits of women in La Demoiselle de la Légion d'Honneur (1980), Paquebot (1999), La Sultane Blanche (1996 Dargaud; The White Sultana, 2016 Europe Comics), and Hardy Agency (Dargaud, Europe Comics in English). Christin is also a seasoned traveler, completing a world tour between 1992 and 1999, an experience he writes about in L'homme qui fait le tour du Monde, with Philippe Aymond. The two would later pair up again for Est-Ouest (Dupuis; East-West, Europe Comics), which chronicles his time in the US and in Cold War-era Europe, behind the Iron Curtain. His travels in Eastern Europe also provided the spark for the three-part series Lena (Dargaud, Europe Comics), alongside André Juillard.