The mirage of Les Oraliens

When we got back from Mexico, the creation of the Télé Québec television network was officially announced. Fernand Paquette, formerly a set designer with Radio-Canada, was named artistic director and insisted I join him in the budding studio. He promised to create an animated film studio and Jean-Paul Boileau and René Derouin were also hired. Naively thinking I was doing something to encourage structured educational television, I was next to climb on board, in 1968. The atmosphere was very enjoyable! But once again, I lost all my seniority at Radio-Canada. I was given a French-teaching program, Les Oraliens, for which I half-heartedly drew the costumes and sets. I disagreed with scripts where the stars were a parakeet, a mechanical dog and aliens. But no one listened to my comments and nothing changed. At the end of eight or nine months I quit. That left me time to illustrate André Cailloux’s six small books on the adventures of Ulysse and Oscar.

Ulysse et Oscar (Illustrator section)

Frédéric Back Credit: Micheline G. Tanguay, ca.1968
Illustration for Un Cadeau d'Égypte, Ulysse et Oscar by André Cailloux. Credit: Éditions Ici Radio-Canada, Héritage