February 2015 does not appear to be a good time for veteran cartoonists. Four have been reported deceased within a few days of one another.
First there was the Belgian Henri Ghion aka GÃ©ri (23 March 1934 - 2 Feb 2015) who was a regular contributor to Tintin
magazine from the mid-1950s to 1980 and also worked at Studios HergÃ© where he was a colourist and background artist. Much of his own work however is currently out-of-print.
Then there was the Frenchman Roland Garel (1 January 1931 - 4 Feb 2015) whose work is also very obscure but is remembered as a union man who championed the rights of fellow cartoonists, including paid leave, regular salaries and bonuses.
Another Frenchman was Jacques Kamb (2 March 1933 - 6 February 2015) whom I remember from reading the weekly comic Pif Gadget
in the 1980s. I know him best for "Dicentim le petit franc" (which would be "Tencents the Little Frank"), a humorous medieval series about how a little man plays tricks in order to get back at the big bully who picks on him.
And then there is British cartoonist Dick Millington
( - 4 Feb 2015). Some might remember his Daily Mail
comic strip I Don't Believe It
which features a Victor Meldrew-like so-and-so who always grumbles about how things have changed since his day.