* A series emblematic of science fiction * A strong influence on science-fiction films-among others, "The Fifth Element" and "Star Wars" * Now a major motion picture in its own right directed by Luc Besson. * An imaginative and colourful series, with lovable and complex characters-Valerian an action anti-hero and Laureline an early incarnation of the strong, take-charge female
Jean-Claude Mezieres and Pierre Christin created Valerian in 1967 after working in the USA together, one as a cowboy, the other a teacher. While Valerian is Mezieres' only comic series, he has worked as an illustrator in many other areas, including designs and sets for The Fifth Element, and he was awarded the Grand Prix du festival d'Angouleme in 1984. Christin also works in collaboration with other artists such as Tardi and Bilal and writes novels and film scripts.