On some inconsequential day, all filled with myself, I dared declare on the mike of a radio show that an author ‘faces creation alone.’
These aren’t the exact words but I’m still ashamed to this day to have pronounced publicly such an inept comment.
Even if the work of a comics author is a fairly solitary practice, the fact is one never creates alone.
Outside influences, close or far removed, encounters, intellectual, friendly or of love, all feed in, of course, to the work of an author.
These are often even decisive.
After reading through the first draft of my script for « Equinoxes ,» my editor Jose-Louis Bocquet remarked, amongst a thousand pertinent critiques, “something was missing:” A stronger link between the characters, so as to flow between them more naturally. Also a means needed to be found of assuring good transition between the comics passages and the written monologues.
He was right and I was tormented for weeks, not able to find solutions to these problems.
Rather happily, I’m lucky enough to live with Roxanne Moreil, a woman far more curious and cultivated than I am. She spoke to me of Viviane Maier, whose work in photography had just been discovered the echos of which had reached Europe.
(autoportrait of Vivian Maier. 18 october 1953, New York)
I was, like many, impressed by the quality of her photography and by the nobility of her own personal story. Vivian Maier had constructed with resolve a masterful oeuvre without any recognition, glory or financial reward.
From her story, now known across the world, was born in “Equinoxes” the character of Camille, a young photographer, anxious, filled with doubt, whose portraits provide access into the internal voices of the characters.
And thus did Camille become a key element of the story without whom it would have been banal.
Thanks be then to Jose-Louis Bocquet, Roxanne Moreil, and Vivian Maier.
Meet me on my tour! I’ll be at SPX and Brooklyn Book Festival this weekend.