Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Happy Birthday Jean-Claude!

Jean-Claude Pertuzé is a graphic designer, illustrator and author of French comics, born 11 September, 1949 in Lectoure (Gers).
Of course, Jean-Claude is also the man behind the “Beret Wizard” and various logo’s and artwork featured on The Beret Project and South Pacific Berets.
His work is mainly devoted to his region of origin, Gascony, with a marked interest for the tales and the personality of the folklorist Jean-François Bladé (1827-1900). He is also an expert on the Pyrenees; their regional traditions and history.
On July 19, 1987, he climbed to the top of the Vignemale (3,298 m) to write and draw the portfolio of 32 comic strips, Le jour du Vignemale, in the days and night of 19 to 20 July. A completely new version, in "manga" format (16 × 24 cm ) and in color, Vignemale, the other day, appeared in 2011.
In 2009, he directed the theatrical adaptation of one of his unpublished works, Picoulin le Chafougnesque, assembled and represented by students from a primary school in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier.
Jean-Claude regularly attends seminars and congresses offering live drawing. He produces drawings for newspapers and magazines.
In May 2011, he was the guest of honor at the BD-Comminges (comic book) Festival in Saint-Gaudens and in November 2014, he was invited at the first Salon of the Basque Comic Festival in Bilbao and gave a conference on comics in Occitan.
Needless to say, Jean-Claude is a dedicated boinero.

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