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Jean-Marc Lofficier (born June 22, 1954) is a Frenchmarker author of books about films and television programs, as well as numerous comic books and translations of a number of animation screenplays. He usually collaborates with his wife, Randy Lofficier (born Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker on February 3, 1953).

Biography

Jean-Marc Lofficier was born in Toulonmarker, Francemarker in 1954. The son of a serviceman, he moved several times during his formative years, spending "a goodly part of my childhood in Bordeaux, and my teenage years in Fontainebleau." A budding writer from an early age, Lofficier also
"drew my own little comic strips when I was 13, 14, and began being published in French 'zines at 16." Recalling in 2005 that "writing wasn't deemed a respectable, economically sound way of making a living," he "got a MBA and a Law degree, then went to work in international banking."


Graduating from the Sorbonne Law Universitymarker and from the Paris Business School E.S.C.P.marker in 1978, Jean-Marc Lofficier moved to Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, where he met Randy. Jean-Marc and Randy were married the following year. Jean-Marc recalled in 2005 that their writing partnership developed alongside their personal relationship; "Randy always wanted to write... [so] it evolved organically in a mutually complementary working relationship."

Magazines and Hollywood

In 1979, the Lofficiers built on Jean-Marc's earlier work for fanzines and French magazines - including Lunatique and L'Ecran Fantastique, for which he wrote a combination of articles, reviews and short stories - and began working as "film journalists" for a variety of "cinema/sf pro magazines." Covering the Hollywoodmarker-based film industry (and particularly those aspects with a Sci-Fi or Fantasy bent), the Lofficiers wrote for a number of magazines created both for American and overseas audiences.

Their work appeared in such mainstream U.S. publications as Starlog, Cinefex, Heavy Metal and American Cinematographer, as well as more focused publications including T. E. D. Klein's The Twilight Zone Magazine. Overseas, the Lofficiers' work appeared in UKmarker magazines including Dez Skinn's Starburst (the magazine of "Science Fantasy in Television, Cinema and Comix") and House of Hammer, while in France, they continued to contribute to L'Ecran Fantastique.

Guides, books and novels

The Lofficiers' magazine work, which included short stories, retrospectives and TV program guides alongside journalistic articles, led naturally to them co-authoring a number of non-fiction books about film and television programs. Their first - The Doctor Who Programme Guide, published by W. H. Allen Ltd in 1981 - arose from their work for French magazine L'Ercran Fantastique. The pair produced
"a series of dossiers on SF TV series for L'Ecran Fantastique: The Prisoner, Star Trek, Twilight Zone and... Doctor Who. For that [Who] dossier [Jean-Marc Lofficier] interviewed Terrance Dicks and Graham Williams. Then I sent them a courtesy copy. Terrance passed it on to Christine Donougher at WH Allen who saw an opportunity to publish it as a book."


This title in turn led to the Lofficiers producing several novelizations and editing various anthologies of science fiction and fantasy short stories.

Animation and Comics

In 1985, Randy Lofficier completed Harry Love's Animation Writing Seminar at Hanna-Barbera, which led the Lofficiers to write a number of animation scripts for television series such as The Real Ghostbusters and Duck Tales. They also began to write numerous scripts for a variety of comic books, often in collaboration with other writers, notably Roy Thomas, for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Their best-known works include a trilogy of DC Elseworlds based on German Expressionism cinema incorporating characters such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, the Book of the Vishanti back-up feature for Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme, two stories for Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, and the Tongue*Lash series for Dark Horse Comics.

Translation

The following year, the Lofficiers were hired by French artist Moebius then living in Santa Monicamarker to translate and arrange for the publication of his works in English under the aegis of his company, Starwatcher Graphics. This led to a series of 30+ graphic novels published mostly by Epic Comics until 1995. During that time, the Lofficiers also translated numerous French comics for Dark Horse Comics, co-editing their comic Cheval Noir, and for Renegade Press, co-editing their comic French Ice, featuring the series Carmen Cru by French artist Jean-Marc Lelong. In 1990, in recognition of their career as writers, translators and editors, the Lofficiers were presented with the Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Arts.

Comics

After Moebius returned to France and Starwatcher Graphics was disbanded in 2000, the Lofficiers started their own company, Hollywood Comics, which advises and counsels comic book professionals in their dealings with Hollywood. In 2003, they created their own small press, Black Coat Press, to translate and publish classics of French pulp literature into English, relying in part on the output of British writer/translator Brian Stableford.

From 2000 to 2003, Jean-Marc Lofficier was editor and senior writer of a line of French comic books published by Semic Comics, redeveloping old French characters from the 1960s such as Wampus, Kabur, Phenix, Homicron, Dragut and Dick Demon into more modern versions, even gathering a number of them in the mini-series Strangers published by Image Comics in 2003. This universe of characters is now gathered as Hexagon Comics. The Lofficiers also wrote "Blood Oath" a crossover between Phenix and Top Cow's Witchblade.

Pulps and science-fiction

Also for the French comic market, the Lofficiers recently wrote a trilogy of graphic novels based on the character of Robur created by Jules Verne. Illustrated by Gil Formosa, the first two volumes were nominated for the 2005 Jules Verne Award for Bandes Dessinees . There were published in English in Heavy Metal.

In 2005, the Lofficiers left California and relocated to the town of Chalabremarker, in the South of France. They started another small press, Rivière Blanche,, to publish French science fiction novels in the nostalgic style of the long-defunct Anticipation imprint of Editions Fleuve Noir.

Lofficier's official website includes a section entitled "Illustrated History of the French Saint Novels", a guide to French-language novels based upon the character of Simon Templar (alias "The Saint"), created by Leslie Charteris

Works

Bibliography

Books

Books include:
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor Who Programme Guide #1-2 (non fiction) (W.H. Allen, 1981, Vol. 1, ISBN 0491028040, Vol. 2, ISBN 0426201426, rev. 2003 ISBN 0595276180)
    • The Programme Guide (non fiction) (Virgin Books, 1989, rev/exp. 1994, ISBN 0426203429)
    • The Terrestrial Index (non fiction) (Virgin, 1991, ISBN 0426203615)
    • The Universal Databank (non fiction) (Virgin, 1992, ISBN 0426203704)
    • The Nth Doctor (non fiction) (Virgin, 1997, ISBN 0595276199, rev. 2003 ISBN 0595276199)


  • The Best Video Films (contrib.) (non fiction) (Warner Books, 1984)
  • Your Movie Guide to Musicals on Videotape (non fiction) (Signet Books, 1985)
  • Your Movie Guide to Children's Videotapes (non fiction) (Signet, 1985)
  • Les Maîtres de L'Insolite (antho.) (Presses-Pocket, ISBN 2266019120 (1985); ISBN 2266039148 (1987); ISBN 2266098152 (2000); ISBN 2266137077 (2003))
  • Basil, The Great Mouse Detective (children's novelization) (Scholastic Booksmarker, 1986)
  • English Through Comics (translation) (2 vols.), Presses-Pocket, 1993)
  • Science Fiction Filmmaking in the 1980s (co-auth.) (interviews) (McFarland & Company, 1995, ISBN 0899509185)
  • Into The Twilight Zone: Rod Serling Programme Guide (non fiction) (Virgin, 1995, ISBN 0863698441, rev. 2003 ISBN 0595276121)
  • The Dreamweavers: : Interviews with Fantasy Filmmakers of the 1980s (co-auth.) (interviews) (McFarland, 1996, ISBN 0786400854)
  • Les Maîtres de la Science-Fiction (antho.) (Presses-Pocket, 1999, ISBN 2266055054)
  • French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror & Pulp Fiction (non fiction) (McFarland, 2000, ISBN 0786405961)
  • Arzach - The Novel (novel) (Simon & Schuster, 2000; rep. pb. 2004, ISBN 0743492994)
  • Pocket Essential Tintin (non fiction) (Pocket Essentials, 2002, ISBN 190404817X, ISBN 9781842432266)
  • Doctor Omega (translation/adaptation of Arnould Galopin's novel) (Black Coat Press, 2003, ISBN 0974071110)
  • Shadowmen (non fiction) Black Coat Press, 2003, ISBN 0974071137)
  • Shadowmen 2: Heroes and Villains of French Comics (non fiction) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 0974071188)


  • Arsène Lupin vs. Sherlock Holmes:
    • The Hollow Needle (translation/adaptation of Maurice Leblanc's novel) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 0974071196)
    • The Blonde Phantom (translation/adaptation of Maurice Leblanc's novel) ) (Black Coat Press, 2005, ISBN 1932983147)


  • Robonocchio en Francais (children's) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 193298304X)
  • Doc Ardan: City of Gold and Lepers (translation/adaptation of Guy d'Armen's novel) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 1932983031)
  • Despair: The Screenplay (screenplay based on a novel by Marc Agapit) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 1932983066)
  • Robonocchio en Español (children's) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 1932983252)
  • Les Survivants de l'Humanité (novel) (Rivière Blanche, 2004, ISBN 1932983244)
  • Royal Flush: The Screenplay (screenplay) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 1932983120)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (translation/adaptation of Gaston Leroux's novel) (Black Coat Press, 2004, ISBN 1932983139)


  • Tales of the Shadowmen:
    • The Modern Babylon (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2005, ISBN 1932983368)
    • Gentlemen of the Night (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2006, ISBN 1932983600)
    • Danse Macabre (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2007, ISBN 1932983775)
    • Lords of Terror (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2008, ISBN 1934543020)
    • The Vampires of Paris (antho.) (Black Coat Press, 2009, ISBN 1934543500)


  • Chevalier Coqdor:
    • Le Quatorzième Signe du Zodiaque (w/ Jean-Michel Archaimbault & Maurice Limat) (novel) (Rivière Blanche, 2006, ISBN 1932983740)
    • Là Où s'ouvre l'Univers (with J.-M. Archaimbault & M. Limat) (novel) (Rivière Blanche, 2008, ISBN 1934543128)
    • Martervénux: L'Encyclopédie de l'Univers du Chevalier Coqdor (non fiction) (Rivière Blanche, 2008, ISBN 1934543217)
    • Le Retour d'Hypnôs (with J.-M. Archaimbault & M. Limat) (novel) (Rivière Blanche, 2009, ISBN 1934543381)


  • Over Here: An American Expat in the South of France (bio) (Black Coat Press, 2006, ISBN 1932983686)


  • Les Compagnons de l'Ombre (French translations of Tales of the Shadowmen):
    • Tome 1 (Rivière Blanche, 2007, ISBN 193454308X)
    • Tome 2 (Rivière Blanche, 2008, ISBN 1934543322)
    • Tome 3 (Rivière Blanche, 2009, ISBN 1934543470)
    • Tome 4 (Rivière Blanche, 2009, ISBN 1934543856)


  • La Dimension des Miracles Revisitée (French translation of Robert Sheckley's The Dimension of Miracles Revisited) (Rivière Blanche, 2007, ISBN 1934543179)
  • Edgar Allan Poe on Mars: The Further Memoirs of Gullivar Jones (novel) (Black Coat Press, 2007, ISBN 1934543098)
  • Crépuscule Vaudou (novel) (Baleine imprint, Editions du Seuil, 2008)
  • The Katrina Protocol (translation of Crépuscule Vaudou) (novel) (Black Coat Press, 2008, ISBN 1934543403)
  • Pacifica (short story collection) (Rivière Blanche, 2009, ISBN 193454373X)
  • Rouletabille and the Mystery of the Yellow Room (translation/adaptation of Gaston Leroux's novel) (Black Coat Press, 2009, ISBN 1934543608)
  • Harry Dickson: The Heir of Dracula (Black Coat Press, 2009, ISBN 193454390X)


Comics (writing)

Comics work includes:







  • Doctor Strange:
    • Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #6-8: "Book of the Vishanti" (art by Tom Sutton, Marvel Comics, 1989)
    • Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #9-13, 15: "Book of the Vishanti" (art by David Day & Dan Day, Marvel, 1990)
    • Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #16, 17, 20: "Book of the Vishanti" (art by Geof Isherwood, Marvel, 1990)
    • Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #21-23: "Book of the Vishanti" (art by Lee Weeks, Marvel, 1990)
    • Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #26-27: "Book of the Vishanti" (art by Geof Isherwood, Marvel, 1991)
    • Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #31-33 (art by Larry Alexander, Marvel, 1991)
    • Dr Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #37-41, #47 (with Roy Thomas, art by Geof Isherwood, Marvel, 1992)
    • Doctor Strange Annual #2 (back-up features) (art by M. C. Wyman, Dave Hoover, Marvel, 1992)
    • Marvel Super-Heroes Winter '92 (art by Brian Postman, Marvel, 1992)
    • Marvel Super-Heroes Summer '93 (art by Greg LaRocque, Marvel, 1993)


  • "The Last Party on Earth" in A1 #4 (Atomeka, 1990)


















  • Robur:
    • De la Lune à la Terre/From the Moon to the Earth (art by Gil Formosa, Albin Michel, 2003; Heavy Metal, December 2003)
    • 20000 Ans sous les Mers/20000 Years Under the Sea (art by Gil Formosa, Albin Michel, 2004; Heavy Metal, Fall 2005)
    • Voyage au Centre de la Lune/Journey to the Center of the Moon (art by Gil Formosa, Albin Michel, 2005; Heavy Metal, Fall 2007)




Comics (translations)

Works by Moebius:
  • Moebius
    • #1 - Upon A Star (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1987)
    • #2 - Arzach (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1987)
      • Legends of Arzach #1-6 (Tundra Press, 1992)
        • Visions of Arzach (Tundra, 1993)
      • Arzach (Dark Horse, 1996)
    • #3 - The Airtight Garage (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1987)
    • #4 - The Long Tomorrow (written by Dan O'Bannon) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1987)
      • The Exotics (Dark Horse, 1997)
    • #5 - The Gardens of Aedena (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1988)
    • #6 - Pharagonesia (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1988)
      • Rock City (Dark Horse, 1996)
    • #7 - The Goddess (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1990)
    • #8 - Mississippi River (written by Jean-Michel Charlier) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1991)
    • #0 - The Horny Goof (Dark Horse, 1990)
    • #1/2 - The Early Moebius (Graffiti, 1992)
    • #9 - Stel (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1994)
    • The Art of Moebius (edited by Byron Preiss, Marvel/Epic/Berkley Books, 1989)
    • Carnet 3 and Interview '74 in A-1 #4 (Atomeka, 1990)
    • Chaos (Marvel/Epic, 1991)
    • Metallic Memories (Marvel/Epic, 1992)
    • Fusion (Marvel/Epic, 1995)
    • The Man From The Ciguri in Cheval Noir #26-50 (Dark Horse, 1992-94)
      • The Man from the Ciguri (Dark Horse, 1996)
    • Moebius Comics #1-6 (Caliber Press, 1996-97)
  • Marie-Dakar in Dark Horse Presents #63 (Dark Horse, 1992)
  • The Incal (written by Alejandro Jodorowsky)
    • The Incal #1-3 (Marvel/Epic, 1988)
    • In the Heart of the Impregnable Meta-Bunker in A-1 #4 (Atomeka, 1990)
      • In the Heart of the Impregnable Meta-Bunker in Heavy Metal(1990)
    • Metabarons #1 - Othon the Great (Heavy Metal, 1995)
  • Blueberry (written by Jean-Michel Charlier)
    • Blueberry #1 - Chihuahua Pearl (incl. The $500,000 Man) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1989)
    • Blueberry #2 - Ballad for a Coffin (inc. The Outlaw) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1989)
    • Blueberry #3 - Angel Face (inc. Broken Nose) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1990)
    • Blueberry #4 - The Ghost Tribe (inc. The Long March) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1990)
    • Blueberry #5 - The End of the Trail (inc. The Last Card) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1990)
    • Young Blueberry #1 - Blueberry's Secret (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1989)
    • Young Blueberry #2 - A Yankee Named Blueberry (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1990)
    • Young Blueberry #3 - The Blue Coats (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1990)
    • Lt. Blueberry #1 - The Iron Horse (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1991)
    • Lt. Blueberry #2 - Steelfingers (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1991)
    • Lt. Blueberry #3 - General Golden Mane (inc. The Trail of the Sioux) (Marvel/Epic Comics, 1991)
    • Marshal Blueberry - The Lost Dutchman's Mine (inc. The Ghost with Golden Bullets) (Marvel/Epic, 1991)
    • Blueberry - Arizona Love in Cheval Noir #46-50 (Dark Horse, 1993)
  • The Magic Crystal #1-3 (written by Moebius; art by Marc Bati)
    • #1 - The Magic Crystal (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1990)
    • #2 - Island of the Unicorn (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1990)
    • #3 - Aurelys's Secret (Catalan Communications/Comcat, 1990)
  • M. Mouche in A-1 #3 (written by Jean-Luc Coudray, Atomeka, 1989)
  • Eyes of the Cat in Taboo #4 (written by Alejandro Jodorowsky, Spiderbaby, 1990)
  • The Madwoman of the Sacred-Heart in Dark Horse Presents #70-76 (Dark Horse, 1993)
    • The Madwoman of the Sacred-Heart #1-#2 (Dark Horse, 1996)


Cheval Noir(Dark Horse, 1989-94)

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