A few years ago, my old professor phoned, inviting me to offer help to a comic book project. The author wanted to illustrate a battle fought between the Duchy of Savoy and the old Swiss Confederacy in 1475, over the Wallis, near the town of Sion. He asked me to provide a few advices on how to draw fighting men in period clothing, with "credible moves".
The project was very appealing. First, the author and his wife are very nice, and very knowledgeable about the local history. My wife originated from the region. I enjoyed the idea of seeing this little known piece of history brought to a new light. And, there was already historical advisers involved in the project. The result is astonishing. My kids made me read it twice.
Very lively fighting scenes, narrated from the point of view of a young fighter. The text and images are intermingled with transcription or pictures of historical documents. The reader is helped by maps and contextual developments. I want to see more projects like that!
Of course, the specialists may complain. This piece of garment is weirdly drawn, this particular piece of armour is set in the wrong place... who cares actually? The overall result is dazzling and he got most of the details quite accurately! Moreover, many details are enlightening for the lay audience when it comes to fighting movements and a lot of offensive and defensive weaponry are represented! This is a gift I will definitely enjoy reading to my kids and use in the museum as a useful medium during visits and workshops with young audience. Hats down Alexandre and Geneviève!