René Pétillon is dead

Photo: Rita Scaglia / Dargaud
René Pétillon, a great cartoonist and creator of detective Jack Palmer, died on Sunday, September 30, at age 72.
We knew he was sick and everyone expected him to be present to receive the honors of the next BD Boum festival in Blois, which he proclaimed in the Grand Boum last year and for whom he realized the poster for this edition. Unfortunately, René Pétillon died this weekend.
Born in Fisterra in December 1945, René Pétillon is self-taught and puts his first drawings in the late 60's, in the magazines Planète, Plexus and L & # 39; Enragé. In 1972, the Pilote newspaper opens the doors, with a short first story called Seeing Naples and dying.
Two years later Jack Palmer was born, an antihero that will continue until 2013. This cartoonist and lunatic detective, a clumsy and clumsy ordinary, often incompetent (at least in appearance), allows his author to talk about different society topics and introduce in several environments, tax havens (read our interview about Enqûete in paradise) in Brittany (read our interview about Palmer in Brittany).

In 1976, René Pétillon joined Yves Got to create Le Baron Noir, a series of strips published in the Le Matin newspaper in Paris, which evokes current issues through the humorous allegory, dyed in black poetry, of a eagle hunting ewe (integral in Glénat). The Black Baron is distinguished since 1977 by the new Angoulême Festival (best work of humor). This festival will make the Pétillon Grand Prix in 1989, before granting the prize to the best album in 2001 by The Inquisition Corsa, the adventure of the plebiscite of Jack Palmer by the great public and adapted to the cinema.

Throughout his career, René Pétillon has also attracted many collectives (Lucien 25 years ago, The Day where, Laughing against racism …) and magazine such as Fluid Glacial, (To Follow …), Echo des Savanes, the Paris Morning VSD or the Metal of Cry. He also wrote for Florence Cestac (Super Catho) and Jean-Marc Rochette (panic in London, scandal in New York and triumph in Hollywood). And above all, with its falsely rigid and harsh line, he was a high-level sketcher of the press, especially in Le Canard interviewed for whom he collaborated between 1993 and 2017 (see his recent collection of drawings A certain climate) and Charlie Hebdo, where he got a hand after the assassination of Cabu, Charb, Wolinski, Tignous and Honoré in 2015.

Driven by the disease this autumn of 2018, René Pétillon leaves behind thousands of designs that fiercely crunch our world and its permanent absurdity and albums that marked its era. The tribute to this elegant and spicy cartoon will only be more vibrant at the next Blois Festival.


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