Gotlib and his iconic characters

Les personnages Gotlib

On 4 December last year, we lost a great comic book writer: Gotlib. The artist, known for his black humour, created characters such as Superdupont, Gai-Luron and La Coccinelle. Here’s a brief introduction to them.

The anti-hero, Superdupont

This character is a kind of anti-hero. He wears a beret, a vest, a cape and traditional Charentaise slippers. He eats endless amounts of Camembert cheese and his English is terrible. As you’ll have gathered, he’s kind of a chauvinistic, xenophobic Superman who embodies all of the stereotypes about French people!

A dog called Gai-Luron

reated in 1964, this somewhat apathetic but affectionate dog looks a bit like Droopy. He is white with a large black nose and a small pot belly. Despite his name (which roughly translates as “a bit of a lad” and so usually refers to someone who’s a lot of fun), he is often sad.

A sweet ladybird

Designed in 1968, La Coccinelle (The Ladybird) is a unique character because she often comments on what’s happening in a story or what other characters are saying. She’s an endearing, curious creature who appears in almost all of the writer’s books. Were you a big fan of Gotlib? Go on and read up on his comics. However, if you want to improve your French first, there are many ways to do so.

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