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R.I.P. Fred aka Frédéric Aristidès (1931-2013)

#1 · Posted: 3 Apr 2013 14:17 · Edited by: mct16
French comic artist Frédéric Aristidès, best known by his pen-name Fred, died on 3 April 2013. Fred is best know for his series "Philémon", the adventures of a bare-footed young farm boy who travels to incredible worlds populated by centaurs, people with wings, flying castles and even a man whose body was made up of numbers. The series was akin to Winsor McCay's "Little Nemo", Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" or the Beatles' animated cartoon "Yellow Submarine". The covers of the various books should give you an idea of what they were about.

The stories were published in "Pilote", the weekly comic edited by Goscinny with whom Fred worked closely.

16 albums were published, the latest coming out in February 2013, Fred having been advised to do some work in order to cope with his depression.

A film based on the series is currently being planned and they say that it will be an English-language one as well.

Fred's handling of the surreal world of "Philémon" was very much praised and highly-rated. Yet another classic figure who made a great mark in Franco-Belgian comics has passed away.

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