biography

1943, May 1st: Claude Auclair was born in Barre-de-Monts (Departement Vendée).
1953: At the age of 9 or 10 Claude goes to Nantes. This is a transition from the country to the city, which marks the end of a safe life of his childhood.
1955-57: Unofficial strikes in Nantes, broken by state-police. Claude forms his vision on violence and colonialism. Life of the individual is defined by social and cultural environment.
1958-60: Claude visits the School of Fine Arts (Beaux Arts) in Nantes; direction theatre. Practical experience he gets from working behind the sets of several theatres, and performing small parts.
1962 Claude gets drafted. He fears being sent to Algeria (colonial riots and uprising). This would make him a state-sponsored instrument of violence. Luckily this does not happen.
1964: This year he goes to Paris for 3 or 4 years with lengthly interruptions of theatrework.
1965: Claude embarks on a journey around the Mediterranean, and after that he picks up doing theatrework with a new consciousness.
1967: Claude Auclair gets to know Robert “Roquemartine” (amongst others owner of one of the first shops where only comics and comic-related-things are sold), and he shows Claude the classics.
1968, May in Paris: Claude is never far away from discussions and protest marches, but he never gets tied up with any organisation. He knows violence of the state will stop at nothing.
1968, second half: First illustrations show up in OPTA-publications. (Galaxie, Hitchcock, Ellery Queen, Fiction, Livre d’antipation).
1969: On a scenario of Pierre Pelot the story Les Pionniers is published in Le Journal De Caram'Bar. This story was created in 1968.
1970
: Chronicles of a future world begin with Après in Underground Comics, and Jason Muller in Pilote (first 2 chapters).
1970: La saga du Grizzly is first presented to Spirou, but they forward it to Tintin, where it is published.
1971: Claude returns to Pilote for more Actualités, and two more chapters of Jason Muller.
1972: He goes to Record where he draws Catriona Mac Killigan.
1973: Start of the first cycle of Simon of the River: La ballade de cheveu rouge.
1974: publication of Simon: le Clan des Centaures. The following year for this book Claude gets the Prix Saint-Michel/Sint-Michelprijs twice: once for the best realistic story; once for the best artist. This price is awarded in Brussel for European-style comics, and the winners are chosen by colleagues, publishers, and people that read comics.
1975: Simon: les Esclaves. This book brings Claude a year later another Prix Saint-Michel/Sint-Michelprijs. This time for the best realistic story.
1976: Simon: Maïlis. Now Claude rises to unacclaimed hights, and the following year he receives the Prix Saint-Michel/Sint-Michelprijs again. Maïlis gets the title best realistic comic.
1978-1981: Bran Ruz is published in A Suivre, and becomes a classic. It is one of the first books in the graphic-novel genre.
1982 and 1984: The monthly A Suivre also brings us the first publication of Tuan McCairill, and Le Sang Du Flamboyant.
1985: Claude moves to Beauvoir-sur-Mer, not far from where he was born.
1987-1990: Homage to migrating people (the German title was Nomads/Nomaden) with the titles Celui-là and Celui qui achève.
1988: Publication of the second cycle of Simon of the River. These stories were intended for a magazine for adults, which Lombard publishers wanted to launch. That did not happen, and these four stories were published immediately in book-form.
1990, Jan 20th: Claude Auclair dies in Nantes at the age of 46.