This new creation refers nevertheless to Rork...
Andreas: Not exactly. It's true that I've tested Capricorne while
I realized the Rork saga. At a certain moment, because I knew that this
series would not go beyond seven albums, I wondered what I was going to
do afterwards. That's how the character of Capricorne came in and how he
gave his name to an episode of that saga. Since the latter had to
evolve a little in the same universe, I have made him do a sort of
screen test, with the intention to give him, thereafter, another orientation.
Having said that, the two series are totally independent. One doen't have
to (re)read one to understand the other. Chronologically, the history
of Capricorne starts before that of Rork. Their meeting is just one of
the accidents of their existence. Besides, I will refer to it when I arrive
at that period in Capricorne's adventurous life.
Could you specify the identity of this very enigmatic character?
Andreas: His strange history takes place in the thirties. His identity?
He doesn't know that himself. It will form the subject of a forthcoming
album. I can't reveal this to you yet. Let's say it's about an adventurer
who settles as an astrologer because it seemed to him to be a lucrative
profession. It enables him to see the future at ease and to live through
several especially fantastic adventures.
Adventures planned in the long run?
Contrary to Rork, where everything evolved step by step, and as result
of the adventures I had caused in the preceding episode, I know already
in general how the adventures of Capricorne
will continue. from the beginning
I designed a frame which will develop on several albums. I especially wanted
to realise a series which addresses the general public by simplifying my
proces of narration. There will be something that I call a red wire, Capricorne,
but each episode will give place to a history that stands alone and whose
comprehension doesn't require constant reviewing of what preceded. What
I had done in Rork by complicating in a more or less conscious way the
situations, I will do here much slower and thus much easier to assimulate.
Without asking too much effort of him, I thus hope to lead the reader to
get passionate about more complex subjects. As I always did in all my albums.
Is that also that which has brought you to adopt a more traditional
setting in images?
, that which imports me above all, is the clearness
of the account. For this I have simplified the drawing and my formattings
also are less sophisticated. That said, I didn't give up some graphical
audacities. If the history lends itself to it, while taking care to preserve
a great legibility, I don't say I will stay with the same setting out of
(cartoon)boxes. For the moment my narration is relatively traditional,
therefore the illustration is relatively traditional.
Are you not afraid that the reader is disappointed not to find there
the graphical audacities which contributed to your reputation?
Andreas: It's true that graphical virtuosities are expected of me. But
certain albums of Rork were already illustrated in a traditional way. Once
again, al depends on the scenario! If the account requires a fragmented
formatting (of the pages), I will do that. If on the other hand, I should
insist on a very linear narration, I will do that too. There are no rules...
For Capricorne, I haven't fixed the number of albums. It's
a series that will continue as long as the readers want it. ...
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In the mean while, you have started two long series...
, I haven't fixed the number of albums. It's
a series that will continue as long as the readers want it. For Arq
will definitely be an end, but I don't know yet at the end of how many
albums it will arrive. For the moment six chapters are planned already.
I intend to producing one album of each series per year. Both stimulate
me and I sense the force to make a succes of this double engagement.