[By Louis Cance and François Willot:]
Louis is a comic artist, a comic writer, and a journalist.
He was born on January 12th, 1939 in Sansac de Marmiesse (in French land Cantal) and has always been an aurillacois (inhabitant of Aurillac).
He was first an amateur comic author in L'écureuil
The Squirrel), a newspaper made by young people (from Saint
Etienne) and launched with the help of the show by Pierre Bellemare
Vous êtes formidables (
You Are Formidable,
1958-59). His first activity as a professional comic author was in the
Johnny Texas in 1959-1960 featuring complete stories and
adventures of Red Devil.
From 1965 on, he wrote numerous realistic complete stories, with
historical topics (like
true-life stories) for Record
(pub. Bayard Presse), Lisette (pub. Éditions de Montsouris, a
weekly for little girls), Nade (ex-Bernadette) and
Amis Coop (newspaper of "Coopératives Scolaires").
In 1967, he wrote Pif stories (character created by C. Arnal in 1948) for Pif gadget (weekly comic) and Pif poche (monthly comic) up to 1990 (23 years!).
For Amis Coop, he created in 1973
Un de la police
montée, a character who existed up to 1990, when the monthly
stopped to be published.
For the publishing house Fleurus, he created, together with Claire Godet for the scripts, "Pépé Dynamite" (humorous complete stories), published in Formule I (1970-75).
Around 1978, he was contacted by Patrice Valli to write
new stories for Edi-Monde in Le journal de Mickey.
Two years later,
Le Papillon qui venait du
froid, his first story, was published. It was pencilled by
Claude Marin and inked by Gilles Formosa. This
is the first long story made in France featuring Donald or Scrooge.
The idea or synopsis is not from Cance, it comes from discussions
between Pierre Nicolas and Patrice Valli at the time they were
creating a new French Disney comics production department.
Louis Cance wrote both Duck and Mice stories, some of these as
typed scripts or sketches (story-boards). Some of his best stories are
Les Fleurs du Fantôme Noir and
Mickey prisonnier du temps.
Louis Cance is also an author of texts, articles, interviews, bibliographies and studies on the art of comic-book for specialised magazines: Ran-tan-plan (Belgium), Les Cahiers de la BD, Samizdat and Hop !, fanzine specialised in comic information, which is still in print (he has been the editor of the later since 1973).
He had the
Haga prize for best child story (for Pif)
at the third
Salon nationale de la bande dessinée de Toulouse
(1975), and in 1976 the
Haga prize of best fanzine for Hop
! (at the same convention). (
Haga is a comic-fanzine.) On
January 1st, 1992, he received the
Alph Art prize for best
fanzine (for Hop !) at the
19th salon of Angoulème.
Louis Canceby P. Gaumon in Dictionnaire Larousse de la bande dessinée #14 (1982)
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