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A Year in Comics - January 3rd

Day 3: Totally unaware as usual, Gaston Lagaffe once again ruins Léon Prunelle's attempts at having M. De Mesmaeker sign those important contracts - Gaston Lagaffe


AF Gaston Lagaffe by kanyiko

André Franquin (January 3rd 1924 - January 5th 1997) started out as an animator with the short-lived Belgian animation studio Compagnie Belge d'Animation during World War II, where he would meet three of his future colleagues: Maurice (Morris) De Bevere; Pierre (Peyo) Culliford and Eddy Paape.  After the war, Franquin, Morris and Paape suddenly found themselves out of work when their employer was arrested on accusations of collaboration with the Germans.  While Paape went to work as a doll painter, Franquin and Morris were contracted by the publisher Dupuis, where they started working for the Spirou weekly, eventually managing to convince Paape to join them as well.  In 1946, Franquin was handed the weekly's flagship comic Spirou, an adventure series about a hotel bellboy first created in 1938 by Rob-Vel; in the 20 years that followed, Franquin would redevelop the series, introducing numerous characters, including Spirou's sidekick Fantasio, the mysterious monkey-like marsupial animal the Marsupilami, the eccentric inventor Count de Champignac, the strong-willed female reporter Seccotine, and many others.

Aside from drawing The Adventures of Spirou et Fantasio for Dupuis (20 albums), Franquin also created and drew the gag-strip Modeste et Pompon (3 albums) for rival weekly Tintin; however his most famous creation saw the light in 1957, when he introduced the 'unemployed hero' Gaston Lagaffe, who wanders into the Dupuis redaction one day and ends up never leaving.  Although he is employed as a paper boy, Gaston Lagaffe is actually a gaffe- and accident-prone person, spending his time inventing useless things, which usually result in calamities.  One of the running gags throughout the series is his incredible ability to ensure that, despite having no such intentions, he ruins the multiple and frequent attempts of his colleague Léon Prunelle to have the visiting businessman M. De Mesmaeker sign some contracts.

From the early 1960s onwards, André Franquin started suffering frequent bouts of depression, which eventually led him to handing over the Spirou series to Jean-Claude Fournier; however he continued drawing the Gaston Lagaffe series (19 albums) until shortly before his death.  A severe bout of depression in the late-1970s inspired him to draw his series Idées Noires (2 albums), which featured dark, depressing and morbid humor that contrasted sharply with the rest of his work.

André Franquin passed away in 1997, two days after his 73rd birthday, leaving a lasting legacy in the world of Franco-Belgian comics.

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benitezdk Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
... A nice introduction into a part of Belgian comics history! ... :thumbsup:

... I wonder how come! ... So many artists suffer from depression! ... The toll of creativity? ... :cry:
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess it's a wide range of issues - ever looming deadlines, pressures to keep coming up with new and original material - it's certainly not easy being an artist!
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benitezdk Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
... Right! ... Under constant pressure! ... For a time! ... And for sure! ... All one's weakness' ... Will show up! ... And sometimes end in a kind of PTSD! ... (posttraumatic stress disorder) ... :nod:
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FuriousClown43 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
Aaah good old Gaston
and his friends ;)
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I sometimes wonder how they ever got any work done at the Spirou offices... XD
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FuriousClown43 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
Lol, so true ;)
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burstlion Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man!  Another man with quite the history!!
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Franquin was truly one of the greats of the genre, at least at a par with Hergé.
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