Jean-Marc Lofficier : biography
Jean-Marc Lofficier (born June 22, 1954) is a French author of books about films and television programs, as well as numerous comic books and translations of a number of animation screenplays. He usually collaborates with his wife, Randy Lofficier (born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 3, 1953).
Jean-Marc Lofficier was born in Toulon, France in 1954. The son of a serviceman, he moved several times during his formative years, spending "a goodly part of my childhood in Bordeaux, and my teenage years in Fontainebleau."Christian Cawley, (Part 1) for Kasterborous, March 13, 2005. Accessed December 29, 2008 A budding writer from an early age, Lofficier also
- "drew my own little comic strips when I was 13, 14, and began being published in French ‘zines at 16." Recalling in 2005 that "writing wasn’t deemed a respectable, economically sound way of making a living," he "got a MBA and a Law degree, then went to work in international banking."
Graduating from the Sorbonne Law University and from ESCP Europe business school in 1978, Jean-Marc Lofficier moved to Los Angeles, California, where he met Randy. Jean-Marc and Randy were married the following year. Jean-Marc recalled in 2005 that their writing partnership developed alongside their personal relationship; "Randy always wanted to write… [so] it evolved organically in a mutually complementary working relationship." Jean-Marc and Randy moved to Chalabre, France in 2005.
Magazines and Hollywood
In 1979, the Lofficiers built on Jean-Marc’s earlier work for fanzines and French magazines – including Lunatique and L’Ecran Fantastique, for which he wrote a combination of articles, reviews and short stories – and began working as "film journalists" for a variety of "cinema/sf pro magazines." Covering the Hollywood-based film industry (and particularly those aspects with a Sci-Fi or Fantasy bent), the Lofficiers wrote for a number of magazines created both for American and overseas audiences.
Their work appeared in such mainstream U.S. publications as Starlog, Cinefex, Heavy Metal and American Cinematographer, as well as more focused publications including T. E. D. Klein’s The Twilight Zone Magazine. Overseas, the Lofficiers’ work appeared in UK magazines including Dez Skinn’s Starburst (the magazine of "Science Fantasy in Television, Cinema and Comix") and House of Hammer, while in France, they continued to contribute to L’Ecran Fantastique.
Guides, books and novels
The Lofficiers’ magazine work, which included short stories, retrospectives and TV program guides alongside journalistic articles, led naturally to them co-authoring a number of non-fiction books about film and television programs. Their first – The Doctor Who Programme Guide, published by W. H. Allen Ltd in 1981 – arose from their work for French magazine L’Ercran Fantastique. The pair produced
- "a series of dossiers on SF TV series for L’Ecran Fantastique: The Prisoner, Star Trek, Twilight Zone and… Doctor Who. For that [Who] dossier [Jean-Marc Lofficier] interviewed Terrance Dicks and Graham Williams. Then I sent them a courtesy copy. Terrance passed it on to Christine Donougher at WH Allen who saw an opportunity to publish it as a book."
This title in turn led to the Lofficiers producing several novelizations and editing various anthologies of science fiction and fantasy short stories.
Animation and comics
In 1985, Randy Lofficier completed Harry Love’s Animation Writing Seminar at Hanna-Barbera, which led the Lofficiers to write a number of animation scripts for television series such as The Real Ghostbusters and Duck Tales. They also began to write numerous scripts for a variety of comic books, often in collaboration with other writers, notably Roy Thomas, for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Their best-known works include a trilogy of DC Elseworlds based on German Expressionism cinema incorporating characters such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, the Book of the Vishanti back-up feature for Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme, two stories for Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, and the Tongue*Lash series for Dark Horse Comics.