If you’ve been following Magnetic, you should already know who Djet is. He’s the amazing artist of Tom DeLonge’s POET ANDERSON, the trippy, dreamy, psycho-dilectable sci-fi fantasy about a young dreamwalker waking up to his true identity. That was a little while ago, however, and we can only imagine you’ve got a big a jones for more Djet as we do.
So here’s a showcase to tide you over
Robert “Djet” Stephane was inspired to draw from a young age, taking after his sister, then imitating artists and cartoons he liked, moving from Mickey Mouse magazines covers to more mature comics like AQUABLUE by Olivier Vatine. When he reached his 20’s, he took that passion into the field of animation, learning from other experienced artists and colleagues, working to refine a style he could call his own.
With influences that range from Claire Wendling to Matteo Scalera to Bengal, he drew a lot from his interest in Manga as well. Books like DEATH NOTE, BAKUMAN, and HIKARU NO GO by Takeshi Obata, and titles such as ONE-PUNCH MAN and EYESHIELD by Yusuke Murata were an eye-opening push to mix modern characters with bizarre creatures and legendary fantasy figures.
His first professional comic work was THE ISLAND OF PUKI (“L’ile de Puki”) for Vents d’Ouest/Glenat, a story about a young girl who finds herself on a strange island seeking to escape with other lost children. This first project won him the Prix Jeunesse d’Alsace award and the Youth Award in Angouleme — not too bad right out of the gate! That was followed by a lot of stalled project proposals before finally landing on POET ANDERSON, illustrating an origin story for the character created by multi-platinum recording artist Tom DeLonge (Blink-182, Angels & Airwaves).
When he has free time, he likes to create imaginary worlds where the fantastic mingles with the ordinary. He is currently working on an unannounced project for Glenat that will be 150 pages in total when it is eventually released. All he can reveal is that it involves monsters, fantasy, and the ordinary seen through the eyes of a child when a terrible event forces him to see the world around him through the eyes of an adult. Someday he’d like to draw Batman, American Vampire, or Hellblazer, but in the meantime he’s just happy to be doing what he loves every day.