BANDE-DESSINÉE – The cartoonist and comic writer Laurent Vicomte, author of the series Walk to the end of the world and Sasmira he died on Sunday at the age of 64, we learned Monday from his editor.
“We are saddened to learn of the death of Laurent Vicomte that occurred on Sunday, August 9. Virtuous designer and essential author of the Glénat catalog, he was 64 years old, “said the publisher in a press release.
A meticulous draftsman of realistic lines, Laurent Vicomte had created in 1982, with the screenwriter Pierre Makyo, the first cycle of four albums of “Balade au bout du monde” (Glénat). Awarded many times, these four albums released between 1982 and 1988 were the best-selling comic books of the 1980s.
After a few years of hiatus, Laurent Vicomte began to write and draw a new great project, Sasmira, including the first volume, The call (Les Humanoïdes associés) was released in 1997. A unanimously and warmly critically acclaimed album, it has sold tens of thousands of copies.
But Laurent Vicomte, very demanding of himself, was an author who liked to take his time. The second volume (co-designed with Claude Pelet) was published by Glénat in 2011. Volumes 3 and 4, drawn by Anaïs Bernabé, will appear in 2016 and 2018, more than 20 years after the first volume.
“Laurent Vicomte has always shown a crazy demand and the works he has signed with his refined lines have allowed him to be considered one of the great authors of contemporary comics”, estimates Glénat in his Communiqué.
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