Local Cartoonists

André-Philippe Côté made a name for himself through comic strips. He produced six comic books featuring his hero, philosopher Baptiste, then two avant-garde comic books: Castello (1993) and Victor et Rivière (1998 and 2001). He also produced three comic books with his psychologist, Dr. Smog: Psychoses et compagnie (2005), Tous fous (2006) and Le retour du Docteur Smog (2012). A long-time illustrator for Safarir humour magazine, it is truly since 1997, with his position as political cartoonist for Le Soleil, Québec's daily newspaper, that he has been completely fulfilled. Fifteen collections of his best caricatures have been published to date and four major exhibits have been devoted to his work. In 2008, he also became a caricaturist for L'Actualité magazine. His caricatures are often reproduced in Le Courrier International and dscriber.com (U.S.). He is one of the 40 artists who illustrated Le Petit Larousse 2010.

Guy Badeaux (Bado) was born in Montreal in 1949. He worked there for ten years before moving to Ottawa in 1981 to become the editorial cartoonist for Le Droit.

Author of nine collections of his own work and winner of the 1991 National Newspaper Award, he serves as treasurer of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists and was the editor of Portfolio: The Year’s Best Canadian Editorial Cartoons for 23 years.

Michel Garneau (Garnotte) was born in Montréal in 1951. Following studies in geography, Garneau set his sights on the world of drawing. As illustrator, caricaturist and cartoonist, he has contributed to a number of newspapers and magazines, including CROC, TV Hebdo, Protégez-vous, Titanic (of which he was also editor-in-chief), Les Débrouillards, La Terre de chez nous, Nouvelles CSN and Relations. Since April 1996, he has been the cartoonist at the daily Le Devoir.

Pascal Élie dreamt of becoming a cartoonist from the time he was a child. He therefore decided to study visual arts at the University of Ottawa after which he undertook law studies at the University of Montréal and became a lawyer. This led him quite naturally to a rewarding career as an editorial cartoonist for a variety of dailies, weeklies and monthly publications.

He currently contributes to The Gazette, as well as to Medias Transcontinental weekly newspapers, L’Actualité médicale and L’Actualité pharmaceutique (Rogers Media), Finance et investissement (Médias Transcontinental), Trente magazine (FPJQ), the Journal du Barreau (Québec Bar) and Law Times (Thomson Reuters). His work has been published as well in La Presse, Le Devoir, Les Affaires, Commerce, Femme Plus, Maclean’s and Canadian Lawyer. He has authored three books for children as well as six collections of caricatures of a legal nature.

Roland Pier was born in France in 1936. He came to Canada in 1960, travelled extensively, and held various jobs, including construction and gold mining. Arriving in Montréal in 1962, he began freelancing and was eventually hired by Le Journal de Montréal. This newspaper has since become the largest French-language daily newspaper in North America. As Pier’s cartoons also appear in a sister publication, Le Journal de Québec, he was undoubtedly the most widely read cartoonist in Québec. In 2001, after a 35-year career as an editorial cartoonist, Pier retired.

Susan Dewar worked as a teacher prior to several years of freelance work in the area of commercial art in Toronto. She began publishing her cartoons in the Calgary Sun in 1984, shortly thereafter attaining a position as their full-time cartoonist. In 1987, she won the National Business Writing Award for her political drawings. In October 1988, she left Calgary to join the staff of the Ottawa Sun. For several years, Dewar worked with American cartoonist Wylie Miller, producing a syndicated cartoon strip entitled "Him and Her" in which they alternated the production. In 2000, the cartoonist moved to Toronto in order to take up the position of editorial cartoonist at the Toronto Sun.

Her work often features the bewildered citizen, coping with an ever-increasing tax load and confused by never-ending constitutional debates. A reappearing character is the pragmatic Edith, habitually dressed in curlers and flamboyant cat's eye glasses. See various issues of "Portfoolio", the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists' annual compendium of a selection of the best cartoons of the year.

Aislin is the name of Terry Mosher's eldest daughter. It’s his “nom de plume” as editorial cartoonist for the Montréal daily The Gazette. Aislin’s cartoons are published in Canada and around the world. In 1967, he graduated from Quebec City’s École des Beaux-Arts. He then began working for The Montreal Star, moving over to The Gazette in 1972. Mosher has produced forty-five books, either collections of his own works or books he has illustrated. His latest collection, published in the fall of 2012, is entitled WAS IT GOOD FOR YOU? The recipient of numerous awards, Terry Mosher was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and, in May of 2007, received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from McGill University

In August of 2013, Terry Mosher will present a major exhibition in China, introducing Canada to the Chinese as seen through the eyes of our many talented cartoonists.

International Cartoonists

Born in Lausanne in 1972, Bénédicte Sambo produced her first humoristic drawings at the age of 14, to illustrate talks on the problems of the young. Following studies in Brussels on the art of producing comic strips, she returned to Switzerland where, for a number of years, she worked on animation and taught the art of drawing, all the while continuing to illustrate publications on adolescence in Switzerland, France and Québec. Since 2010, she has contributed to the satirical weekly Vigousse as well as the independent daily newspaper Le Courrier.

Catherine Beaunez is one of very few women producing humorous drawings in France. She is a periodic contributor to publications such as: “Le Monde”, “L’Humanité”, “Le Point”, “Le Nouvel Observateur”, “Marianne”, “Charlie Hebdo”, “Causette” and “L’Ecole des parents”, taking an uncompromising look at social issues and scratching beneath the suface of male-female relations.

Cécile Bertrand studied the art of painting at Saint-Luc-Liège where her thesis dealt with press drawings. After working on several children’s books (Seuil, Nathan, Lothrop à New York, Agertoft au Danemark, etc.), she turned her attention to press drawings, following the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event that had a profound effect on her. She was then hired at Vif /L’Express in January 1990, followed by Plus Magazine, Axelle, Imagine and, since 2005, at La Libre Belgique, where she holds the position of daily editorial cartoonist. Furthermore, the Courrier International regularly publishes her editorial cartoons. Cécile’s work earned her an honourable mention at the PCP (Press cartoon award, the precursor of the PCB) in 1999, as well as the Grand Prize in both 2007 and 2011 at Press Cartoon Belgium.

Jaume Capdevilla (Kap) studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona. La Vanguardia has been publishing his caricatures since 1996, and Mundo Deportivo since 1997. Kap’s works have been presented in solo and collective exhibitions in Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Naples, Lisbon and Mexico City. President and Founder of Dibujantes sin Fronteras, he is also a member of Cartooning for Peace. His cartoons were collected and published in over a dozen books, including Sense Kap ni peus (1997) and Any d’estelades (2012). He also writes a monthly humorous piece for Sàpiens magazine. Finally, he regularly participates in university conferences and workshops on pictorial humour.

Liza Donnelly is a contract cartoonist with The New Yorker Magazine, where she has been producing cartoons on culture and politics for over thirty years. She is also a weekly columnist and cartoonist for Forbes.com, specializing in politics and women’s rights. In addition, for three years now, Donnelly has been drawing a weekly cartoon on gender issues and women’s rights for the news site Women’s Enews. Donnelly is a Cultural Envoy for the US State Department, travelling around the world to speak about freedom of speech, cartoons and women’s rights. She is also a charter member of an international project, Cartooning for Peace, helping to promote understanding around the world through humour, and one of the founding members of USA FECO, the US chapter of the international cartoonists’ organization FECO.

Patrick Chappatte was born in Karachi of Swiss and Lebanese parents. From 1995 to 1998, he lived in New York City where he contributed to the New York Times and Newsweek magazine. Every week, he produces three cartoons for the front page of the Geneva Daily, Le Temps, as well as drawings for the International Herald Tribune and Neue Zürcher Zeitung. In addition, he produced reports in cartoon form, notably on the rebels of the Ivory Coast and backstage at the Élysée.


Robert Aird has a graduate degree in history from UQAM. He is the premier historian on humour in Quebec. Following the publication of L'Histoire de l'humour au Québec, de 1945 à nos jours, he wrote L’histoire de la caricature au Québec with Mira Falardeau in 2009 (which garnered 3rd prize from the Présidence de l’assemblée nationale du Québec, and the Assemblée nationale de l'Institut d'histoire de l'Amérique française prize and Histoire politique du comique au Québec in early 2010. He also published a number of articles on the subject and regularly provides consultancy services. Robert teaches the history of comedy at École nationale de l’humour and is currently working on two books in addition to developing and tutoring for Télévision universitaire’s (TÉLUQ) course on the cultural history of comedy in Quebec.

Mira Falardeau has published cartoons and teaches comic strip writing, literature, cinema and communications at various community colleges and universities. She was the curator of numerous exhibits, including Les aventures de la bande dessinée québécoise (Musée du Québec, 1997), Les débuts de la bande dessinée québécoise de 1904 à 1909 (Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec, 2004) and Les Histoires en images, ancêtres de la BD (Grande Bibliothèque, 2008). A PhD in Art Sciences from La Sorbonne, she published, among other books, Histoire du cinéma d’animation au Québec in 2006 through Typo/VLB, Histoire de la bande dessinée au Québec (VLB Éditeur, 2008) and, with Robert Aird, Histoire de la caricature au Québec (VLB Éditeur, 2009), which earned her two prizes: the grand prize from the Assemblée Nationale, awarded by IHAF (Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique Française) and the 2nd prize for a political book, awarded by the Présidence de l’Assemblée Nationale.

Christian Vachon is an art historian specializing in Canadian iconography, particularly editorial cartooning. He earned a Master’s in art studies from Université du Québec à Montréal in 1988. Christian has been working at the McCord Museum since 1989, where he first organized the layout of new acquisitions for the painting, print and drawing collection in preparation for the museum’s 1992 reopening. He was curator for the Aislin & Chapleau, Caricatures exhibition held at the McCord in 1997-1998. He became Registrar and then Head, Collection Management. Christian was appointed Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings in 2010, and acted as curator for the McCord’s 2012-2013 exhibition Cartooning Calamities.



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