MONTREAL(RushPRnews)12/12/2008â€”Next time you tell your kid to stop doodling, maybe you should think again. At 31 years young, founder of AXAR Productions and co-creator of graphic novel, â€œLe Regard Des Autresâ€, Martin Balcer, wonâ€™t let anyone tell him he canâ€™t make comic books for a living. The Montreal-born, comic lover, has made his entrance into the comic book/graphic novel industry, earning wide recognition around the province and only at the very beginning of a successful-looking career.
With the hopes of achieving recognition on a worldwide level, AXAR is a project that remains true to Balcerâ€™s heart. â€œThe focus of AXAR is to create comics/graphic novels that will compete on an international level and keep our very talented artists working in QuÃ©bec,â€ he says.
Last month, Balcer had his first book launch for â€œLe Regard Des Autresâ€. The event attracted over one hundred people that had the chance to see a wide variety of the artistsâ€™ work. Books and sketches were being sold and people had the chance to get their copies signed.
The novel is already being sold at major book and music stores like Archambault and Renaud Bray and of course, through the authorâ€™s company, AXAR. â€œI really didnâ€™t expect such a strong response. Itâ€™s like a tsunami of emotions,â€ Balcer says.
Balcerâ€™s girlfriend, Myriam LabbÃ©, was very glad others got the chance to celebrate the seven years of work heâ€™s put in to this project. â€œItâ€™s not easy to do what Martin is doing in Quebecâ€ she says. â€œMartin took the plunge and went with it right till the end. He never gave up; even when things got hard; he always believed in his art.â€
AXAR Productions has been an ever-growing concept that Balcer has worked on for many years. Developing the company with the aim of creating and producing quality comics, AXAR has been a vehicle enabling Martin to make the most of his talent and the talent of others.
Balcer was offered the initial story concept for â€œLe Regard Des Autresâ€ by his university professor, Edmond Beaudoin, and he â€œjumped on the chance to take it.â€
â€œLe Regard Des Autresâ€ is a story about, a humanitarian photographer named Stephan Martel. Stephan finds out, after the death of his mother, that at a young age, the operation he had on his eyes was actually an organ exchange. Wanting to make things right, Stephan sets out to find the person who has lived without sight for over 22 years. But events turn troublesome when he finds himself surrounded by guards, in a dark cell in Rio. And they want to know why heâ€™s looking for Anor J. Raconda.
Balcer gets much of his inspiration from one of his comic heroâ€™s, artist/writer Alan Davis. According to Martin, â€œHe taught me how to tell a story; the idea of mastering your craft to the point that the reader forgets that she/he is actually reading.â€
â€œMy favourite hero is the writer,â€ Balcer says. â€œShe/he will make me forget I’m on the bus in rush hour; that I’m in a plane that’s about to crash.â€
Eager for whatâ€™s in store, Balcer couldnâ€™t be any happier doing what he loves.