The French are known for their many strides in the world of the arts. In cinema they gave the world Jean-Luc Godard, in music they gave us Daft Punk and fashion is pretty much dominated by French patriots. We won’t even get into their innovation in the arts of fried potatoes and kissing. One of the lesser known mediums that Frenchmen have made some impressive contributions in however, is comics.
Back in the 70s, dudes like Caza (Philippe Cazaumayou) were running the European comics scene with really wild and colorful illustrations. While American comics were languishing in a relative creative down period, Caza and his contemporaries were making exceedingly weird science fiction comics. Caza consistently created artwork that danced the line between surrealism and a sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast’s fever dream hallucination. His illustrations often feel like he has a direct line to the visual history of some long dead world, or somehow was painting live from the Houses of the Holy. As such, he was particularly fond of drawing images that explored subjects of alien civilizations and otherworldly rituals/symbols. Art students out there take note, these are two great themes to concentrate in if you want your parents to think you’re taking tons of drugs and wasting their money at college.