R.I.P Georges Pichard 1920-2003 (died June 7´th)
Not as well known here in Denmark (that’s the country Lars Von Trier comes from…) as artists like Milo Manara, Moebius and Varenne - Georges Pichard became a champion of the erotic comic book. Graduating from l`Ecole des Arts Appliqués in Paris in the 1940’s Georges Pichard worked for many years as a commercial illustrator and cartoonist in numerous magazines in his native France. In the sixties and seventies he collaborated with George Wolinski on the series “Paulette” which presented a Brigitte Bardot-like heroine who just couldn’t help herself from getting into situations where she repeatedly lost parts of -or all of- her clothes. Typical of Pichard’s work he also threw in a few observations about bourgeois society and Christianity and his sense of humour.
In the eighties and nineties Pichard started publishing more sinister work on the S&M-theme that is not for the faint-hearted; like the masterpiece Marie Gabrielle d´Saint-Eutrope, MCPM, The Countess in Red, and many more.
His total production of comic books is well over fifty volumes many of which are today long out of print and fetch high prices on auctions.
Little of his work is published in English, except Marie Gabrielle, his treatment of The Kama Sutra, his interpretation of Bizet’s Carmen and a few more, but his books are available in both French, Italian, Spanish and German.
A great artist, and if there is a heaven for him just read his books to see what it would probably look like…