You know when someone’s talents move you so much that the very pit of your stomach tightens and comes too close to your diaphragm, paralysing you with nausea; making profanities spill from your lips and tears form in your ducts? The work of Jean Giraud does this to me. He talks in this documentary about putting all his energy into his drawings, making them ‘vibrate’, and talks about being a human.
‘The only way to allow the reader to identify is to create a character who resists. Who doesn’t understand and who doesn’t want to understand. Who is in total denial. That’s the only way to attract a modern audience.’