Comics: François Corteggiani, one of the authors of “Pif le chien”, is dead

Comics: François Corteggiani, one of the authors of “Pif le chien”, is dead

François Corteggiani, one of the authors of “Pif le chien”, died at the age of 69. (©PHOTOPQR/WEST FRANCE)

He was one of the authors of the adventures of Pif the dog, a famous cartoon character created in 1948 for the newspaper Humanity. Comics author and designer Francois Corteggiani is deadannounced Thursday, September 22, 2002 by the Glénat publishing house.

“We are saddened to learn of the death of François Corteggiani, who died this Wednesday, September 21, at the age of 69,” the publisher said in a statement, adding that the “debonair giant of comics” died at his home. in Carpentras (Vaucluse), where he settled.

A comic book enthusiast since childhood

Originally from Nice (Alpes-Maritimes), he came to Paris in the 1970s to work in advertising and illustration. But the “fan of comics from an early age” quickly switched to comics.

François Corteggiani, who has created many characters, has collaborated with a large number of designers during his career and worked for different publishers including Dargaud with the cover of “La Jeunesse de Blueberry” (1990-2015) or Casterman with the series “Lefranc” (2015).

Glénat edition

If Glénat evokes “his sadness”, it is because François Corteggiani has collaborated with the publisher on many occasions, whether on the series Bastos and Zákousky, Chafouin and Baluchon, About silence and blood or Sundance.

Editor-in-chief of the new version of “Pif Gadget”

After being the screenwriter of a whole series of albums from Look at the dogtook over the role of editor-in-chief of the new version Pip Gadgetin the years 2004 to 2009. From 2011, “in parallel with his work as a screenwriter, he devoted himself to the daily life of the dog Pif in the newspaper. Humanity under the name Kort”, adds Glénat.

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The one who was also “a creator and designer of Kinder figurines for 10 years” will remain “an esteemed author and faithful companion of the house of Glénat”, the publisher underlines. François Corteggiani leaves behind many works, witnesses of his great talent. »

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