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Yves Sente, Teun Berserik and Peter Van Donger - Blake & Mortimer, The Valley of the Immortals

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21 April 2020

With The Valley of the Immortals (a story in two volumes), the Dutchmen Teun Berserik and Peter Van Dongen recapture the atmosphere of the first albums of Blake and Mortimer thanks to the clear-line drawing style of the 50s.
Yves Sente wrote the scenario while the two cartoonists drew half of the 54 plates of the album before correcting the other's work. This method of working allowed the two authors to ensure a real unity of style: it is almost impossible to distinguish the drawings made by Peter Van Dongen from those of Teun Berserik.

The exhibition shows us how a spacecraft, the "Dronagon", was first sketched by Yves Sente and then reworked by the cartoonists who renamed it "Quatrocopter Dragon". The rough and inked board of the Quatrocopter reveals how the work takes shape thanks to the collaboration between the authors.

Yves Sente's synopsis, for its part, reveals the indications that intended to make the link between this story and the whole series.

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