Last week in Paris, Éditions Dupuis and Studio Graton presented the first comic book of the series Michel Vaillant New Season, entitled ‘Au nom du fils’ and set in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
Based on a script by Philip Graton and Denis Lapière and illustrated by Marc Bourgne and Benjiamin Benéteau, the comic book will be on sale on November 16th.
The plot is inspired by motorsport’s current financial problems. The crisis has forced the famous brand Vaillante out of Formula One, but an important sponsor steps forward with a programme in the WTCC. This will result in Michel Vaillant racing against the likes of Yvan Muller, Gabriele Tarquini, Tom Coronel, etc.
The team of artists started working on the story since the March, when they visited the WTCC opening event at Monza. The following step was to bring Michel Vaillant and his Vaillante on the track at Portimão, where Alain Menu and Chevrolet played their roles so well that they win the second race…
“Since my very first reflections on this new series of adventures, I focused on the WTCC. It is a strong and popular championship, reserved for the production cars that you can see on the road, and it lends itself to be made into a script. As we began gathering information, Eurosport Events helped us in every possible way. They actually laid a red carpet for us. All the participants played the games to the extent that Chevrolet proposed to run a ‘Vaillante’ in Portugal,” explained Philippe Graton, whose father Jean created the character in 1957.
Picture: from the left B. Benéteau, M. Bourgne and P. Graton