René Follet is confirmed dead at the age of 88.
René was best known as a Belgian illustrator.
Death was likely due to comics writer and artist.
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René Follet
Born(1931-04-10)10 April 1931
Brussels, Belgium
Died14 March 2020(2020-03-14) (aged 88)
NationalityBelgian
Area(s)artist
Pseudonym(s)Ref
Notable works
Les Zingari
Yvan Zourine
Steve Severin
Terreur
Awardsfull list
René Follet (10 April 1931 - 14 March 2020), sometimes known by the pen name Ref, was a Belgian illustrator, comics writer and artist.
Contents
1 Biography
2 Bibliography
2.1 Comics
2.2 Book illustrations
3 Awards
4 Sources
5 External links
Biography
René Follet was born in Brussels in 1931. His first publication appeared when he was 14, illustrating a promotional issue of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island for Aiglon, a chocolate factory. In 1949, he started working for the two main Franco-Belgian comics magazines of that time, Tintin and Spirou. For both, he collaborated on the series of 4 page historical stories which functioned as a starting point for many young artists like Jean Graton and Hermann Huppen. He also provided numerous illustrations for both magazines, as well as books for Casterman publishing.
In his long cartooning career, spanning over 50 years, Follet never had a long-running or particularly successful series, but his many shorter series and one-shots earned him the acclaim of many of his peers. He worked for the Dutch magazine Eppo, and for the major publishing houses in Belgium and France, including Dupuis, Le Lombard, and Glénat. He also worked as the main penciller for artists Mitacq and William Vance, and made a long promotional comic for Citroën. At the beginning of his career, he was asked by Edgar Pierre Jacobs to help him draw Blake and Mortimer, but Follet refused because Jacobs did not want Follet's name to be included in the credits.
As an illustrator he worked in pencil, acrylic, and other materials, and as a cartoonist was considered a master of the realistic and picturesque drawing style, or as he was dubbed, "the 'most famous unknown' great master of the 9th art".
His major influences were Jijé, whose series Valhardi he continued for two albums, and the Dutch comics artist Hans G. Kresse (known for his American Indian series 'Les Peaux-Rouges' published by Casterman).
Bibliography
Comics
Series
Years
Volumes
Writer
Editor
Remarks
Bruno Brazil
1973–1977
5
Greg
Magic-Strip
William Vance drew the comics, Follet provided the page lay-out
Ivan Zourine
1979
2
Jacques Stoquart
Magic-Strip
Steve Severin
1981–2003
9
Jacques Stoquart and Yvan Delporte
Glénat
3 in French - 6 additional in Dutch
L'Iliade
1982
1
Jacques Stoquart
Glénat
Adapted from the Ilias by Homer
Jacques Le Gall
1984–1985
2
Jean-Michel Charlier
Dupuis
A collaboration with MiTacq
Valhardi
1984–1986
2
Jacques Stoquart and André-Paul Duchâteau
Dupuis
Continuation of the series after Jijé and Eddy Paape
Alain Brisant
1985
1
Maurice Tillieux
Dupuis
Edmund Bell
1987–1990
4
Jacques Stoquart and Martin Lodewijk
Cl. Lefrancq
Based on the stories by John Flanders (Jean Ray)
Daddy
1991-92
2
Loup Durand
Cl. Lefrancq
Bob Morane
1991–2000
3
Henri Vernes
Nautilus and Claude Lefrancq
Follet drew one story in 2000, and made the cover art for two others (drawn by Gerald Forton)
Harricana
1992
1
Jean-Claude de la Royère
Claude Lefrancq
Drawn by Denis Mérezette, Follet did the page lay-out
Marshall Blueberry
1994
1
Jean Giraud
Alpen
Drawn by William Vance, Follet did the page lay-out
Ikar
1995–1997
2
Pierre Makyo
Glénat
Les autos de l'aventure
1996–1998
2
De la Royère
Citroën
Promotional comics
Terreur
2002–2004
2
André-Paul Duchâteau
Le Lombard
Fictional biography of Madame Tussaud
Les Zingari 
2004–2005
2
Yvan Delporte
Hibou
Shelena
2005
1
Jéromine Pasteur
Casterman
L'étoile du soldat
2007
1
Christophe De Ponfilly
Casterman
Announced (28 August 2007)
L'affaire Dominici
2010
1
Pascal Bresson
Glénat
Book illustrations
According to Follet, illustrations are too short in comics; so he also illustrated novels or history books :
1949 : Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
1962 : The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (Golden Pleasure Books)
1962 : The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
1965 : The Wonderful Life of the Uganda Martyrs by P.Laridan (G. Chapman Editor)
1967-1969 : Les Grecs, La chevallerie, Cordées Souterraines (Dupuis editor)
1980 : Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain
1983-1986 : Petite histoire de France, Guerres de Vendées, Colonnies françaises with Henri Servien (ed. de Chiré)
1988 : Searching for Tutankhamun by Francis Youssef (Blake and Mortimer Editor for Edgar P. Jacobs)
several covers for Henri Vernes's novels (Lefrancq editor)
He also worked:
in Scouts de France with Pierre Joubert (illustrator of boys' adventure novels, particularly the Signe de Piste (Trail Sign) line),
in Plein Jeu for Belgian scouting publications.
in White Fathers publications : Caravane, John Bosco, Charles de Foucauld, Charles Lavigerie...
in Spirou magazine and its supplement Le trombone illustré with Mitacq and Franquin
in Tintin magazine: Rocky Bill with Yves Duval, Texas Slim from Paul Cuvelier, Samourai of black sun and Hurricane at West with Jean-Michel Charlier
in Bonnes Soirées with Jijé (The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, père...)
in Pep and Eppo (two Dutch magazines): (The Call of the Wild by Jack London...)
with William Vance for Bob Morane and Bruno Brazil
Awards
1975: Revelation of the year at the Prix Saint-Michel, Brussels
1998: Tournesol Award, for Ikar 2 at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, France
2003: Grand Prix for drawing of the Chambre belge des Experts en Bande Dessinée (Belgian Chamber of Comics Experts)
2006: Nominated for the best artwork at the Prix Saint-Michel
Sources
Peeters Jozef (2006) : René Follet, un rêveur sédentaire (éd.l'Age d'Or)
René Follet publications in Belgian Tintin, French Tintin and Spirou BDoubliées (in French)
René Follet albums Bedetheque (in French)
Footnotes
^ a b c d De Weyer, Geert (2005). "René Follet". In België gestript, pp. 110-111. Tielt: Lannoo.
^ a b c Interview with ZozoLala magazine (in Dutch)
^ or as the website Evene puts it:
"le plus 'célèbre méconnu' des grands maîtres du 9e art."
^ Casterman site
^ Biography at Bédétheque
External links
René Follet biography on Lambiek Comiclopedia
René Follet overview Retrieved 06-11-2008
Yvan Zourine web site Retrieved 06-11-2008
Authority control
BNF: cb11903013x (data)
ISNI: 0000 0001 0879 240X
LCCN: n2010046489
NTA: 068957165
SUDOC: 114216444
VIAF: 24601436
WorldCat Identities (via VIAF): 24601436
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