Person
Andreas

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NameAndreas
Full NameAndreas Martens
Context Information
StoryUn siècle pour une maison
StoryPoint fatal
StoryLa tache
StoryLow Valley
StoryFragments
StoryLe retour de la tache
StoryRork à New York
StoryLa longue nuit
StoryLe maître des rêves
StoryLe cimetière des géants
StoryLe prisonnier du désespoir
StoryLe cimetière de cathédrales
StoryLumière d'étoile
StoryCapricorne
StoryDescente
StoryRetour
StoryLes oubliés
StoryLes aventures mystérieuses et rocambolesques de l'agent spatial
StoryLe sauveur du crétacé
StorySoirée de gala
StoryLe soleil se couche
StoryCarol détective: Mission en 2012
StoryL'enclume de la foudre
StoryLa montre aux 7 rubis
StoryLe grimoire de Lucifer
StoryChlorophyl contre les rats noirs
StoryLa caverne du souvenir
StorySchizo
StoryBiographie de Robert-Howard Barlow (1918-1951) et ses relations avec H.P. Lovecraft
StoryAmnésie
StoryLa visitation d'Amiens
StoryLa femme de cire du musée Spitzner
StoryLe crime de la mosquée
StoryDoublures
StoryChangeons d'air
StoryLe pirate
StoryL'ouvrier disparu
StoryHiver 51
StoryEté 60
StoryCromwell Stone
StoryCyrrus
StoryMil
StoryVoyageur
StoryExtinction
StoryTouriste
StoryChat
StoryCrépuscule
StoryPuzzle
StoryJane Eyre
StoryX-20
StoryMil (revised)
StoryLes lettres
StoryLa guerre
StoryStyx
StoryLe retour de Cromwell Stone
StoryMonster
StoryCoutoo
StoryLe triangle rouge
StoryL'objet
StoryElectricité
StoryDeliah
StoryLe cube numérique
StoryLe sécret
StoryAilleurs
StoryMémoires 1
StoryMémoires 2
StoryFantalia
StoryEl regreso / Deludëkkba
StoryEl octavo prisionero
StoryLe cauchemar
StoryAzteca
StoryIls ne m'ont pas écouté
StoryJim
StoryLiber Odii
StoryLe rêveur
StoryMécanique
StoryLes miroirs de Doctor X
StoryLa maison des esprits
StoryFleur
StoryKid
StoryPourquoi ici? Pourquoi moi?
StoryLe retour de Pocci
StoryRacken
StoryHeurts
StoryWhite Dust
StoryAttaque
StorySeconde Chance
StoryManipulations Minutieuses
StoryRéveil
StoryLe dragon bleu
StoryRennes (France)
StoryLa carte majeure
StoryTunnel
StoryDorro Zengu
StorySwords and deviltry
StorySwords against death
StorySwords in the mist
StorySwords against wizardry
StoryThe swords of Lankhmar
StorySwords and ice magic
StoryLe Passage
StoryLe temps de la réflexion
StoryLe Fragment
StoryLe testament de Cromwell Stone
StoryRetrouvailles
StoryLes Chinois
StoryQuintos
StoryFeu Croisé
StoryPatrick
StoryL'ours
StoryTehos
StoryAttention, auteurs méchants
Story-- empty title --
StoryTime Machine
StoryPourquoi j'aime la bande dessinée
StoryCivilisation television
StoryMaître noir
StoryRêve en cage
StoryMission
StoryL'Operation
StoryDétectives
StoryNew York
StoryIntrus
StoryLune
StoryVu de pres
StoryLes fantômes
StoryLes cavalliers
StoryRêves 1
StoryRêves 2
StoryZarkan
StoryIci
StoryTerminus
StoryMaître
IllustrationCover of Tintin 1978-47
IllustrationCover of Tintin 1980-15
IllustrationQui est Rork?
IllustrationRork in New York.
IllustrationFragments Summary
IllustrationLe monstre...
IllustrationNew year's wish 1993
IllustrationLa gerbe noire des contes de Jean Ray
IllustrationTante Germania
IllustrationCromwell Stone and Gordon Globe
IllustrationCyrrus
IllustrationBorder - An illustration with a text of José-Luis Bocquet
IllustrationEspace vital - An illustration with a text of Rudy Rucker
IllustrationLe cavalier blanc (after Lucky Luke)
IllustrationL'épave
IllustrationScreaming man with thorns
IllustrationBlack-and-white poster for the exhibition 'Bulles' in Bordeaux
IllustrationAu secours des hommes - 40 Illustrations for novel Jean Coué
IllustrationCover illustration Les Cahiers de la Bande Dessinée, nr. 73
IllustrationRork, staring
IllustrationNew-year's wish for 1988
IllustrationCover Zozolala 40
IllustrationHappy Number 50!...
IllustrationCromwell Stone, up close
IllustrationCromwell Stone, terrified
IllustrationBatman
IllustrationCover Rêve-en-Bulles 1996, nr 12
IllustrationFire at the horizon
Illustration4 Plates of men on stairs
IllustrationLa messagère: 10 colored plates
IllustrationA color illustration
IllustrationTour de Babel - Etemenaki
IllustrationCoverillustration album Jules Verne
IllustrationPoster 'Capricornus' Aladin
IllustrationEx-libris 'Descente' published by comics bookstore Schlirf Book, Brussels
IllustrationColor illustration for Comic Bookstore Ty Bulle(s?), Rennes
IllustrationEx-libris 'Styx' Het B-Gevaar
IllustrationEx-libris Aladin, Nantes
IllustrationEx-libris ALBD
IllustrationEx-libris 'Le retour de Cromwell Stone'
IllustrationPour Patrick
IllustrationPour Michel
IllustrationPour Benoît
IllustrationEx-libris in 'La monographie'
IllustrationEx-libris in 'Le triangle rouge'
IllustrationEx-libris Rork published by Swof
IllustrationBookmark for Lumière d'étoile
IllustrationEx-libris Capricorne published by Swof
IllustrationAquarel L'Autre Monde
IllustrationDelcourt's 1999 catalogue
IllustrationPour Jean-François
IllustrationBookmark man with glasses
IllustrationBookmark 'Retour' Forbidden Worlds
IllustrationEx-libris 'Styx' Sans Titre
IllustrationEx-libris 'Styx' Forbidden Worlds
IllustrationEx-libris 'Cromwell Stone' Sherpa
IllustrationEx-libris 'Cromwell Stone' Zet El
IllustrationPortfolio Centrum van het Beeldverhaal
IllustrationLabel for a bottle of wine.
IllustrationEx-libris 'Le retour de Cromwell Stone' Het B-Gevaar
IllustrationEx-libres 'Le retour de Cromwell Stone' Sherpa
IllustrationEx-libris 'Dérives' Blitz
IllustrationEx-libris 'Cromwell Stone' Alpha Comics
IllustrationNew year's card 1989
IllustrationCatholic Boyscout's calendar 1989.
IllustrationRork
IllustrationRork sitting on mountain
IllustrationRork in corner with owls
IllustrationRork behind leaves
IllustrationRork in creepy laboratory
IllustrationPersonages of 'Retour'.
IllustrationCapricorne. Publisher Forbidden World
IllustrationRork with text 'Capricorne'.
IllustrationRork running through snow.
IllustrationBerlin - August / September 1961
IllustrationEx-libris 'Cromwell Stone' B-gevaar
IllustrationPour Fred
IllustrationPicture on envelope
IllustrationPour Dams
IllustrationEx-libris comics shop Aladin
IllustrationEx-libris
IllustrationPostcard Révélations posthumes
IllustrationPoster Quai Des Bulles
IllustrationNew year's card Lombard 2002
IllustrationCover of RPG-book
IllustrationBirth Card
IllustrationEx Libris Astor. 2001
IllustrationFor bookstore 'The Skull'
IllustrationPortfolio 'Tom Waits'
IllustrationCover Zozolala 18
IllustrationSwords and deviltry
IllustrationSwords against death
IllustrationSwords in the mist
IllustrationSwords against wizardry
IllustrationThe swords of Lankhmar
IllustrationSwords and ice magic
IllustrationEx-libris 'De Terugkeer van Cromwell Stone'
IllustrationSérigraphie
IllustrationLe Lombard Capricorne wallpapers
IllustrationLe Lombard Capricorne e-cards
IllustrationEx-libris Testament Forbidden Zone
IllustrationCover Kuifje nr 25, 1987
IllustrationCover Kuifje nr 16, 1993
IllustrationIllustration Kuifje nr 44, 1986
IllustrationIllustration Kuifje nr 6, 1988
IllustrationIllustration Kuifje nr 39, 1989
IllustrationIllustration Kuifje nr 51, 1990
IllustrationRaffington in the rain
IllustrationLittle Rork in the snow
IllustrationThe captain
IllustrationBernard Wright in corner
IllustrationSilhouette of Pharass
IllustrationAdam Neels with bow and arrow
IllustrationRaffington under a streetlantern
IllustrationRork with ferryman skeletons
IllustrationLaurel Hardy carrying some device
IllustrationDemons, and pointing guns
IllustrationLe Lombard 60 ans après - Andreas
IllustrationDragon
IllustrationRork holding a card
IllustrationOscar
IllustrationSailing ship
IllustrationMan in cup and saucer
IllustrationMen stabbing
IllustrationRork illustration
IllustrationLégende des Nibelungen
IllustrationSaint Georges
IllustrationHappy animals
IllustrationHeart
IllustrationCapricorne with cat
IllustrationCromwell Stone
IllustrationUn demon
IllustrationMan-beast
IllustrationPour Pierre . Yves
IllustrationPour Patrice
IllustrationPour Ludovic
IllustrationRork in the wind
IllustrationRork, grim
Illustration"Capricorne" - Les chinois
IllustrationWallpaper Quintos
IllustrationPoster La caverne du souvenir
IllustrationCover Belzébulle
IllustrationCover Comics Lit
IllustrationMaître Andreas
IllustrationBookmark Monographie 1
IllustrationBookmark Monographie 2
IllustrationBookmark Swof Capricorne 1
IllustrationBookmark Swof Capricorne 2
IllustrationBookmark Swof Batman 1
IllustrationBookmark Swof Batman 2
IllustrationPostcard Monographie
IllustrationBatman. The Dark Knight on Gotham City
IllustrationPour Alan
IllustrationCapricorne
IllustrationPour Caroline et Pierre-Guillaume
IllustrationCromwell
IllustrationPour Freddy + Celine
IllustrationPour Frédéric
IllustrationPour Guy
IllustrationPour Jurry
IllustrationPour Kasper
IllustrationFor Mike
IllustrationPour Philippe
IllustrationVoor Ton
IllustrationHelp!
IllustrationFür Marc
IllustrationFür Horst
IllustrationFür Robert
IllustrationFür Stefan
IllustrationThanks for the great website, Patrick!
IllustrationPour Koen + Isabelle
IllustrationPour Pierrick
IllustrationPour Pierrick
IllustrationPour Tom
Illustration4 Seasons
IllustrationPuzzle 'Dragon'
IllustrationPoster 'Dragon'
IllustrationHappy New Year 2015
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IllustrationInktober 29: Cromwell Stone
IllustrationInktober 30: Rork
IllustrationInktober 31: Capricorne
IllustrationPour Ralph
IllustrationReally?!
ArticleHell according to Foerster (1996)
ArticleThe fantastic worlds of Rork (1984)
ArticleThe mystery Andreas (1996)
ArticlePublisher's ways are unfathomable (1996)
ArticleAndreas prefers not to explain everything (1995)
ArticleThe idea behind Rork (1995)
ArticleAnother idea behind Rork (1995)
Article'Capricorne' at Lombard and 'Arq' at Delcourt: Andreas bets on two horses (1997)
ArticleThe pirate invited: Andreas (1981)
ArticleMeeting with Andreas (1981)
ArticleAndréas / Rivière (1982)
ArticleAndreas. In grey and in colors. (1983)
ArticleAndreas. What I wanted to tell you... (1984)
Article(Review of) Fragments (1986)
ArticleThe C of Andreas. Cromwell Stone, Cythraul and Cyrrus (1984)
Article(Review of) Cromwell Stone and Cyrrus (1986)
ArticleAndreas: 'I transform consciously: I don't draw something as I see it, but the way it's in my head' (1985)
ArticleLa caverne du souvenir: a Celtic fairytale with a deeper meaning (1985)
ArticleAndreas that dry old stick (1986)
ArticleMain part for Rork (1986)
Article(Review of) Fantalia and La Cage (1986)
Article- an item on Andreas - (1986)
ArticleMeeting with Andreas (1987)
ArticleBonnes nouvelles du passé (1987)
ArticleUne BD en taille douce: de Hetzel à Andreas (1987)
ArticleRork: un héros sous influences (1987)
ArticleImages fixés (1987)
ArticleAndreas au pays des merveilles (1987)
ArticleCaïn etait dans la tombe (1987)
ArticleLe vertige infini (1987)
ArticleAndreas and Schuiten, creators of fantastic universes (1987)
ArticleAndreas: well camouflaged nonsense? (1987)
ArticleThe horrorstory as jigsaw puzzle? (1987)
ArticleAdventure in plural (1988)
ArticleQuestions to the author (1988)
ArticleThe joy of the image (1988)
ArticleAndreas and Schuiten sow their wild oats (1988)
ArticleThe Cyrrus mosaic. Report of a time consuming puzzle (1988)
Article- 'Andreas' and 'Rork' (2 items) - (1989)
Article'L'homme qui lit' (1990)
ArticleAndreas and Rork. Not just any strip... No, a graphic masterpiece (1990)
ArticleMurder in the crypt (1990)
Article'Les lieux de la bande dessinée. Trois planches exemplaires d'Andreas Martens' (1991)
ArticleInterview Andreas (1992)
ArticleA circular trip through Europe in twelve stages: Andreas and Germany (1992)
Article- 1 item on Andreas - (1994)
ArticleInterview Andreas (1995)
ArticleFreeze the frame! (1995)
ArticleThe spontaneous little Andreas (1996)
Article'Pour quelques questions de plus' (1996)
Article'A propos d'Andreas: Berthet, Foerster et Cossu' (1996)
ArticleAndreas (1996)
Article- 1 item on Andreas - (1997)
ArticleImages of a childhood (1995)
ArticleYears of study (1995)
ArticleThe first publications (1995)
ArticleRork and the fantastic (1995)
ArticleCyrrus (1995)
ArticleDérives and Fantalia (1995)
ArticleFigures and Representation of the Fantastic in Andreas's Work (2001)
ArticleMobilis 1: Strubbelingen (2000)
ArticleNooit geweten: Arq (2004)
ArticleAndreas et la mise en page : Descente (1998)
ArticleEntrevue avec Andreas (2005)
ArticleLa dimension Andréas (2001)
ArticleL'homme qui pense (2005)
ArticleConan lui dire (2003)
ArticleAndreas Corpus (2003)
ArticleOù ils en sont. La caverne du souvenir (1983)
ArticleUn fantastique muet: H.P Lovecraft et R.H. Barlow dans les Révélations Posthumes d'Andreas et de Rivière (1997)
ArticleInterview Andreas (1998)
ArticleInterview (1999)
ArticleInterview (1997)
ArticleLe maître du jeu, c'est lui! (2012)
ArticleInsatiable Andréas (2005)
ArticleA la croisée des univers (2013)
ArticleAn interview with Andreas (2000)
ArticleUn auteur incontournable (2004)
ArticleAndreas on the WWW
ArticleExpected
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Comments
from the article "Andreas prefers not to explain everything (1995)":
Don't you ever adjust your ideas while drawing?
Andreas: Seldomly. In my scenarios I work out everything very precisely. Later I sometimes shift a picture to the next page, or I spread a page over two pages. The important things are fixed, though.
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Why do you like to draw fantastic things over real things?
Andreas: Because I am a too limited draughtsman to draw realistic things from daily life. That might be the reason I work with transformations. It's much more difficult to draw a man sitting in an armchair in a normal way, because then it should look natural. Classical draughtsmen like 'Juillard' master this drawing technique. While drawing I always encounter my limits as a draughtsman. Yet I am not an unhappy man, because I happen to like drawing fantastic stories. My drawing style fits perfectly.
When I started out as a strip draughtsman, I used to make humorous work. I still like to apply transformations in my illustrations, like in the more charicatural strips I used to make. I like to give theatrical poses to my personages. My drawing is more constructing than sketching. I never even make presketches.
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Aren't you afraid to lose sight of such a complex story?
Andreas: No, in my head everything always fits. I don't like to simply make things that aren't possible, like Escher who once drew water running upstream. For me everything needs to be explicable. I always look for logic behind the paradox. Imposibillities in the scenario are a weakness and unfair to the reader. I demand of my readers that they puzzle with the story. The logic in my work is hard to fnd, but its there.
from the article "The mystery Andreas (1996)":
A recurring theme in Andreas' work is the existence of parallel worlds, controlled by higher powers, and leading characters that have access to these worlds. Rork is the best known example, but it is present also, be it less prominent than in Rork, in Cromwell Stone. Andreas doesn't give a clear explanation for his preference for this theme at first. "It must be my mystical side", he mutters. After which he continues by noticing that he just happens to work with cosmic elements. "It happens almost automatically. I don't like to make realistic stories. I prefer to make worlds out of my fantasy, in which impossible things are possible. For reality has its boundaries. I get my ideas from my subconscious and I commit them to paper. I create for it a background, that's easier, more direct. Worlds of fantasy are easier to draw than the real world, for which I should have to document too much. So my choice for this theme has a practical reason as well, really."
"Readers or fans often think that I'm some kind of a dark figure who knows all about occultism. I notice that when I meet them at fairs. And this isn't the case at all. I stand with both feet on the ground. I am not religious, I am a practical and reasonable thinking human being. It doesn't keep me awake at night, you know this image that they have of me; for that I do not meet them enough."
The apparent separation that Andreas makes between his personality and his work seems somewhat forced: he calls himself down to earth, while in his strips he keeps referring to other entities, world, supernatural powers. Wouldn't there be something of a mutual influence? Andreas: "Look, part of my personality is reflected in my work, that is my spiritual side, but that doesn't mean I have live accordingly. It's an interest that is expressed in my stories, but not in my normal daily life. I don't go to church, I don't look at the stars at night to see if something is written there."
"I don't believe that the truth is somewhere up there, I believe that the truth is inside us, it comes from within, not from outside. I don't believe in God, but I don't believe that God doesn't exist either. I just don't know. I hope there is something, that something happens after death. But I won't claim that it's like this or like that and that Jezus has preached it. I also don't have mystical experiences that tell me that there is something supernatural or extraterrestrial. It's an attractive thought, but it doesn't convince me as a fixed, rational belief. It does interest me, though. I am, for example, a great fan of tv-series like Twin Peaks and, more recent, The X-files. A beautiful series. Not so much because of subjects like werewolves and voodoo, but because of the secretive atmosphere around ufo's and aliens, and secret agents who once again have to cover up a government experiment."
Earthlings
Andreas likes to play with reality. Events turn out just somewhat different from what they appear at first sight. Main characters struggle with chimeras, reality is often an illusion. The reader is disguided regurlarly. He himself calls it an inclination to hold a mirror in front of the reader in which strange things take place. "It's a projection of my imagination, the same proces as the creation of different universes. I am more free when I can draw what I think, in stead of drawing things that I perceive. I draw what I imagine myself; the consequence is that things deform, I tend to caricature events. I like that. I never go out and copy things. I should, but I don't. When we were at the academy of art we had to do it, but I didn't, I hated it. I prefer to sit at home, behind my drawing table and get started with my thoughts. I used to copy photographs, but I don't do that any more. It's too obvious. Now I look at a photo, put it away, and make my own interpretation or use a different perspective. Or I put many details in it that refer to favorite books and tv-programs or people that I admire."
from the article "The spontaneous little Andreas (1996)":
If you were a novel which one would you be?
Andreas: (Hesitates) Frankly, I don't know.
A piece of music?
Andreas: A piece by Wagner, probably...
A movie?
Andreas: "Rumble Fish": a movie by Coppola in any case.
A painting?
Andreas: By Toulouse Lautrec, the one from the Barnes collection, a girl next to a door or a window.
A star?
Andreas: I would not be a star.
A sport?
Andreas: Certainly not a sport! (laughs)
A country or a region?
Andreas: Scotland.
A dish?
Andreas: A cake, a dessert.
Stuffed, or...
Andreas: [Ed: unable to translate]"Non, assez fin, quand même, mais quand même quantitativement conséquent."
A drink?
Andreas: Tea.
If one forced you to work with a scriptwriter, which one would you choose?
Andreas: Bézian.
If one forced you to work with a draughtsman, which one would you choose?
Andreas: I don't know, a virtuoso in any case, one with which I could write all the things that I would not do myself.
If you represented a personage?
Andreas: Batman.
If you weren't a comic book author, what would you be?
Andreas: Dead.
If all possible budgets were given to you, what would do you?
Andreas: I would do that which I do now.
If you went to a deserted island, what would you take with you?
Andreas: The whole of Shakespeare and the bible.
If you had to define yourself in a word, what would it be?
Andreas: (thinking long and hard)... I don't know.
Andréas?
Andreas: Yes, for example (laughs)
from the article "'Capricorne' at Lombard and 'Arq' at Delcourt: Andreas bets on two horses (1997)":
To which question would you like to answer that no one has posed you?
Andreas: Strangely, no one has ever asked me why I make comic strips. Well, I use the occasion to respond: because I love it! It's, very frankly, the form of expression in which I find myself the most at ease.
from the article "Figures and Representation of the Fantastic in Andreas's Work (2001)":
Andreas
Undoubtedly, Andreas(1) is one of the most fascinating authors of the European graphic novel. Born in Germany (1951), he studied "sequential art" in Belgium. He now lives in France where he keeps abreast of American comics(2). His first stories were influenced by H.P. Lovecraft and Berni Wrightson, but the name of Andreas is now associated with more than 30 books and many short graphic novels all done in his own very particular way of story-telling. Many of these creations belong to the fantastic. The cycles of Rork (7 volumes), Capricorne (5 volumes) and Arq (4 volumes) are the best known, but some of his other productions (Cyrrus, Fantalia, Aztéques, Le Triangle Rouge)(3) are equally intriguing, enigmatic, and difficult to classify according to the traditional styles.
His work often strikes the reader as difficult. Rather than in the gothic universe of the stories or in the virtuosity of the graphic style, the real interest of this author lies in the exploration of the narrative possibilities of the medium. Each of his productions can be read as a reflection on the graphic novel, its reader, and the act of reading.
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