Thursday, 20 August 2009
Off the shelf: Sempé 3
Here's a short biography from a recent English reissue of 'Le Petit Nicolas' which Sempé co-wrote and illustrated with René Goscinny, first published in France in 1960:
'Jean-Jacques Sempé is one of the most successful cartoonists and illustrators in the world, whose works are featured in countless magazines and newspapers. Born in Bordeaux, France in 1932, Sempé was expelled from school for bad behaviour. He enjoyed a variety of jobs, from travelling toothpaste salesman to summer camp worker, before winning an art prize in 1952. Although Sempé was never trained formally as an artist, more than twenty volumes of his drawings have been published, in thirty countries.'