Born in Cherbourg in 1966, Guillaume Sorel studied architecture before enrolling at the School of Applied Arts in Lyon in 1983, and at the Fine Arts school in Paris in 1985. From 1987, he made his first professional illustrations for the magazines Casus Belli and Scales, the fanzine Karpath and for roleplaying games by Oriflam and Descartes. He teamed up with Thomas Mosdi to create the Lovecraftian ‘L’Île des Morts, his first comic series of which Vents d’Ouest published five books in the collection Gris Feu between 1991 and 1996. Sorel and Mosdi also cooperated on the one-shot album ‘Mort à outrance’ for Vents d’Ouest in 1995 and on the diptych ‘Amnésia’ for Le Téméraire in 1998-1999.

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In his collaboration with writer Mathieu Gallié, he drew inspiration from 19th century fantasy literature and Hammer films for the one-shot ‘Le Fils du Grimacier’ (Vents d’Ouest, 1995) and the series ‘Algernon Woodcock’ as well as its spin-off ‘Contes des Hautes Terres’ (Delcourt, since 2002). In between these projects, Sorel worked with François Froideval on the fantasy trilogy ‘Mens Magna’ for Soleil Productions.

Guillaume Sorel established himself as an allround author in 2000 with the publication of the vampire story ‘Mother’ by Casterman. Casterman also published his one-shot ‘Mâle de Mer’, a story in cooperation with Lætitia Villemin, in 2009, his adaptation of Laurent Seksik’s novel ‘Les Derniers Jours de Stefan Zweig’ in 2012, and his second solo project ‘Hôtel Particulier’ in 2013. Besides a comic artists, Guillaume Sorel is also an illustrator for fantasy books.

In February 2022 I contacted Guillaume Sorel and got in contact with his lovely wife Anne. She told me Guillaume was working in his “cavern” on a new comic book project of which they will produce a limited edition during the summer. Below are the fantastic artwork Anne sent me of Guillaume’s work. This project will be great. Artwork featuring Robert E. Howard himself and all of his famous characters. What’s not to love?

Photograph by Isabelle Franciosa

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A sample of the portfolio
Source: Lambiek Comiclopedia, G. Sorel’s website and Rue de Sèvres.