in june1966 my class went on a study trip to the alsasse. I was 15 years old and it was my first time in france. in strassburg I bought this oversized PILOTE comic strip with drawings in a new style and quality I had not seen before. the artist that stood out was ALBERT UDERZO, who had two series published. and these were so different in style like day and night. one was ASTERIX, who became a bit later one of the world’s best known comic strip series. the other was a realistic looking strip MICHEL TANGUY about two pilot friends in the french aitforce. in a way that comic strip, printed on pretty cheap paper and not in the best print quality, changed everything for me. I knew I wanted to become one of these artists, I wanted to learn to draw.
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