I have always had an admiration for Claire Bretecher, One of the greats in Seventies French comic art. 2 days ago she died leaving one of the greatest comic series on “women emancipation”.
Claire Bretécher (born April 17, 1940) is a French cartoonist, known particularly for her portrayals of women and gender issues. Her creations include Les Frustrés, and the unimpressed teenager Agrippine.
She was born in Nantes, and got her first break as an illustrator when she was asked to provide the artwork for Le Facteur Rhésus by René Goscinny for L’Os à Moelle in 1963. She went on to work for several popular magazines, and in 1969 invented the character “Cellulite”. In 1972 she joined Gotlib and Mandryka in founding the comics magazine L’Écho des savanes.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, she published successful collections, such as The Destiny of Monique (1982). In 2001, her series Agrippine was adapted into a 26 episode TV series by Canal+.
- Les états d’âme de Cellulite (1972, Dargaud)
- Salades de saison (1973, Dargaud)
- Les frustrés (5 albums, 1975–80, Bretecher)
- Le cordon infernal (1976, Bretecher)
- Les angoisses de Cellulite (1977, Dargaud)
- Baratine et Molgaga (1977, Glénat)
- La vie passionnée de Thérèse Avila (1980, Bretecher)
- Le destin de Monique (1983, Bretecher)
- Les Mères (1982, Bretecher)
- Docteur ventouse, bobologue (2 albums 1985-86, Bretecher/Hyphen)
- Agrippine (8 albums 1988–2004, Bretecher/Hyphen
http://www.ftn-books.com has one title by Bretecher at this moment available: