Death of world famous cartoonist Sempé, creator of “Little Nick”

The French illustrator and caricaturist died at the age of 89. He had become known worldwide as Sempé with his humorous illustrations. Jean-Jacques Sempé is dead. The French artist passed away “peacefully” Thursday evening at the age of 89 in his vacation resort , “surrounded by his wife and close friends”. explained biographer and friend Marc Lecarpentier to AFP. His wife, Martine Gossieaux Sempé, also confirmed the death of her husband. Sempé became known internationally in particular for his illustration of the “Little Nick” series recounting a childhood in France in the 1950s. The character of the little boy was invented by Sempé and the author “Astérix” René Goscinny. The first article appeared on March 29, 1959 in the regional newspaper “Sud-Ouest Dimanche”. In six years, more than 200 episodes have been released about Nick, his ever-hungry friend Otto, the bespectacled nerd Adalbert, and Franz who was ready to be beaten. They then appeared in book form and were translated into 30 languages. Sempé has also illustrated more covers than any other artist for the American magazine “New Yorker”, known for its high artistic quality covers.

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