Say Saint-Luc, and you immediately think of Andreas,
Schuiten, Sokal, Berthet, Forster, Duveaux, Goffin, Cossu.
All from the same generation. Have any people of Saint-Luc
become famous before or after that?
There was a female draftsman,
Antoinette Collin, who made things for Robbedoes.
I think she has stopped. I think we were the first generation
of Saint-Luc. In my year were Duveaux
and me, in the next
year Antonio Cossu
, Philippe Foerster
and Philippe Berthet
and the year after that François Schuiten
and later several others: Séraphine,
Chantal de Spiegeleer. Who came after that I don't remember.
When Schuiten came to Saint-Luc, we didn't understand
what his purpose was. He had already published a short
story in Pilote
and was technically more advanced than the others.
Andreas: If so many people went to Saint-Luc, it was only because
there was nothing else. Everyone who wanted to do comics
went to Saint-Luc. At Saint-Luc were people with more
talent than the others, with more talent than myself.
Because the Saint-Luc is not only a higher education,
you can start there just after elementary school with art history,
anatomy, drawing lessons, etcetera, until the final exams of
secondary school. The people who went through all of that
were great draftsmen. But sometimes they were afraid and
stopped just as soon as they left their schooldesks.
They were not really motivated to make comics. One started
working in a restaurant, another - a real genius - at a bank.
A shame, because they could draw really well.