Just after publication of Le triangle rouge
and Le retour de Cromwell Stone
, Le Lombard
published the album Styx
by Philippe Foerster
and, again, Andreas
Foerster wrote the scenario and made pencil drawings. Andreas was responsible for the
inking of the pencilwork.
The appearance of Styx (1995, Le Lombard)
means that there have been published three albums
of Andreas by three diverse publishers in a short period of time. This is confusing to the
customer, who will likely not buy all three books, but will make a choice, because of
financial restrictions. Publishers, too, will not be pleased with this situation: their
author appears to be distributed over several publisher's lists, and the excess of Andreas
has probably a negative effect on sales figures.
I asked representatives of Arboris
, and Le Lombard
Often his rights are represented by an agent
or a publisher. This person will determine with which foreign publisher to do business.
The company that offers most money, or that will be prepared to share in the costs of a new
project, will be chosen. It's a liberated gang, for example, one can never be certain of the
rights of an entire series. If another publisher offers more, you've lost the series.
Concerning Andreas, his books are published in France mostly by Delcourt
also does some strips, but it keeps the translations into its own hand.
At a certain moment we heard that Delcourt
wanted to publish Le triangle rouge
Accordingly we have expressed our interest for a Dutch translation. This was short-wired
then fairly quickly with Delcourt
. We took part of the total printing costs for
our account. The Dutch version thus was printed at the same time as the French version -
this cuts printing costs - and published simultaneously too.