Country of origin: Belgium Europe Comics Publisher: Dupuis (Belgium)
Born in 1958 in Namur (Belgium), Denis Lapière started his sociology studies after having had a taste of the thrills of auto racing. In the mid-1980s he was one of the founders of the Tropica BD bookstore in Charleroi, which became the meeting point for many artists. Once he started getting some contacts, Lapière started writing scripts, which gradually found their place in the editorial landscape. He started at Spirou, producing short stories. He then published his first book in 1987: Mauro Caldi (Éditions Michel Constant Mirror). In 1990, he started Charly with Magda, a fantasy thriller that had Spirou readers on the edge of their seats. In the years that followed, Denis wrote scripts for several titles in the Aire Libre collection at Dupuis, aimed toward adult readers. With Jean-Philippe Stassen, he created Le Bar du Vieux Français, which won numerous awards around the world. For artist Paul Gillon, he wrote La Dernière des salles obscures about the fate of a film producer during the twentieth century. While continuing his graphic novel collaborations (with Pellejero and Mezzomo in particular), Lapière continued to work on more family-oriented comics like Ludo (with Bailly and Mathy), Oscar (with Durieux), and the reboot of Tif et Tondu (with Sikorski). In the 2000s, Denis Lapière had several experiences as a film screenwriter (with Pierre-Paul Renders). He also tried out an editorial role (launching the collections Punaise and Puceron at Dupuis). In early 2010 he led two major projects: a collaborative series called Alter Ego (Dupuis/Europe Comics, 2015) and the new adventures of Michel Vaillant (Dupuis/Europe Comics), which he co-wrote with Philippe Graton. With nearly one hundred albums under his belt, Denis Lapière is one of today's most accomplished writers.