Sunday, April 28, 2013
Alain Voss 1946- 2011
My dad gave it to me. He had spotted it in a bargain bin at the shopping mall close to his work. His kid liked comic books.
KAR WAR - one of the best comic books I've ever read! such crisp lines, such masterfully balanced black and whites... and the story! - intergalactic rebellion! curvacious women! spaceships! motorcycles!
but who was this guy? - "VOSS"...
Alain Voss, a Frenchman born 1946 in Brazil, who moved back to France just in time to partake in the "Metal Hurlant revolution", creating pure Rock N' Roll for the eyes with comic books like
a both complex and completely tripped-out story about at rock star at the hight of megalomania who has to face inner and outer demons, making the trials of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust seem almost trivial (even if the Ziggy character obviously was an inspiration)
This was followed by other shorter stories usually related to classic "counter culture" subject matter:
Rock N' Roll, oppressive state and corporate authorities, evil villains, sexy women, drugs, science-fiction, more rock n' roll, more sexy women!
Voss stories always had a great sense of humour, and the characters had an authenticity to them making you believe that if futuristic Rock bands toured the galaxies in a far future, they would probably act out the same stupid behavior inside the "tour rocket ship" as they did in the twentieth century inside the tour bus. Voss characters were always very human and funny, as opposed to the villains who were classic underground baddies: Sadistic and stupid militarists, greedy capitalists, etc.
Like many other great comic book artists of the 70s and 80s Voss apparently toned down this type of work later on, probably due to both his age and the changing markets of the 90' and the new millennium.
In his later years he did mainly illustrations, a few of which can be seen at his DeviantArt page, which is still up.
After suffering a series of strokes, Alain Voss died May 2011 in Portugal.