Today is Jean-Claude Fournier’s 70th birthday. In 1968, the young Fournier was given an apparent dream job when he was chosen to succeed Franquin as Spirou artist and writer. An impossible task, but the Breton artist hung in there for 9 full albums before conflicts with the publisher led to him being pushed out. He later achieved greater success with his own series, particularly Crannibales. Through his comics studio and famously generous nature he has become a mentor for Breton comic creators, including Michel Plessix (The Wind in the Willows) and Emmanuel Lepage. He was recently portrayed by Nicoby & Joub in the biographical comic Dans l’atelier de Fournier.
Happy birthday Fournier!