In 1981 the city of Clichy (a commune in the northwestern suburbs of Paris, France) organised it’s 8th comic festival (from 12 til 14 June included). For the occasion Bob De Moor was a central guest together with Jean-Claude Fournier. Jean-Claude Fournier, known simply as Fournier, is a French cartoonist best known as the comic book artist who handled Spirou et Fantasio in the years 1969-1979.
Especially for the occasion De Moor made a special drawing featuring Barelli, Anne Nannah and himself. The drawing is one of those typically circle-sized De Moor drew over the years. In the drawing you can see Barelli and Anne Nannah dancing just like De Moor who is swinging on the music of whilst drawing the scene with the aforementioned characters.
The music featured is clearly De Moor’s own jazz & blues music taste. And he has been dancing a lot looking at the state his shoes are in (plasters, parts falling off, nails coming out).
We found this drawing in the now defunct comic magazine Archéopteryx n°2 which featured a special for the festival which was hidden in the archives of the family De Moor.
In 1989 Haarlem born Rob Harren (Lombard Nederland) was asked to put Le Lombard back on the rails and especially make sure that their comic authors got pre-publications, something which until today is key to get a (new) comic series off the ground. He contacted Bob De Moor and Belgian comics writer and mystery novelist André-Paul Duchâteau to join Le Lombard as artistic director and publisher at Le Lombard. More precisely Duchâteau would become responsible for the detective series of the Lefrancq imprint but both would have their say in what was to be published.
In reality Rob Harren knew that he needed people who others would trust and who were household names. De Moor and Duchâteau were both and they made sure that Le Lombard was able to get its business back on track.
Another – now famous – writer would join Le Lombard in 1991, first as editor and later in 1992 as publishing director: Yves Sente. Knowing a lot of authors through his work as an editor, Sente branched out to writing comics, specializing in continuing existing successful series where the original author had died or was no longer interested in it, for instance Blake and Mortimer and Thorgal. He also created two new short series.
It was that very Yves Sente who sent us a picture last night of an editorial meeting that took place in March 1992 at Le Lombard in Brussels. On the picture you see the young Yves Sente on the right with Bob De Moor and André-Paul Duchâteau on the left.
A different picture from the same session accompanied Yves Sente‘s farewell article in the special Bob De Moor issue of Hello Bédé magazine published on 6 October 1992. We added a scan of said page on the left.
Ad Hendrickx, owner of the Turnhout (Belgium) based comic shop ‘Tistjen Dop‘, sent us this nice picture of Bob De Moor when he was part of the jury for the ‘Bronzen Adhemar 1991’ in Turnhout, Belgium. On the picture you’ll recognize from the left to the right: Ad Hendrickx, Bob De Moor, Jan Smet, Marc Sleen, Manu Manderveld, Patrick Van Gompel, Hec Leemans. This fine league of gentlemen would select Jan Bosschaert to win that year’s award for his work (Sam, Omni).
The ‘Bronzen Adhemar’ (Dutch for “Brass Adhemar”) is the official Flemish Community Cultural Prize for Comics, given to a Flemish comics author for his work. It is awarded by the Flemish Ministry of Culture during ‘Strip Turnhout’, the major Flemish comics festival, once every 2 years.
Initially the idea for the price came from the magazine Ciso which awarded Bob De Moor the Ciso-Award in 1972. In 1977 it was launched as the ‘Bronzen Adhemar’ Award to emphasize and enhance the quality of Flemish comics.
From 1979 on, the winner also got an exposition during the festival in Turnhout and the prize changed from yearly to 2-yearly. The organization of the Award was transferred to the ‘Bronzen Adhemar Stichting’ in 1991, and again to the Flemish Community in 2003, when a monetary prize of 12,500 Euro was added to the statue all winners received. The prize would remain a De Moor tradition as Johan De Moor won the 1989 award with his excellent series ‘Kasper’.
The “Bronzen Adhemar” is named after Adhemar, the genius son of Flemish comic hero Nero, and although normally only given to Flemish comic authors, in 2003 the Dutch comic author Matena received it as well. Since he lives in Belgium since the mid-1980s he is considered to be a completely assimilated Flemish citizen :).
Winners in the past were (and you will discover various people we have interviewed or talked about already):
1972: Ciso-Award for Bob De Moor
1977: Hec Leemans and Daniel Janssen for Bakelandt
1978: Kamagurka for Bert
1979: Karel Biddeloo for De Rode Ridder
1981: Jean-Pol for Kramikske
1983: Merho for Kiekeboe
1985: Berck for Sammy and Lowietje
1987: Erika Raven for Thomas Rindt
1989: Johan De Moor for Kasper
1991: Jan Bosschaert for Sam and Omni
1993: Eric Joris for Chelsey
1995: Dirk Stallaert for Nino and Nero
1997: Ferry for “The chronicles of Panchrysia”
1999: Eric Meynen for “The years of Dehaene”
2001: Marvano for “The Forever War” and “Dallas Barr”
2003: Dick Matena for “The evenings”
2005: William Vance for XIII and Bob Morane
2007: Kim Duchâteau
2009: Willy Linthout for “Het Jaar van de Olifant”
2011: Steven Dupré
Note that there were also 2 Golden Adhemars handed out over the years, one for Marc Sleen (Nero, …) in 1993 and one for the late Jef Nys (Jommeke, …) in 2005.