Monday, October 4, 2021

Canada Post Honours Editorial Cartoonists - Serge Chapleau

Canada Post has issued a new set of stamps that highlight the works of five of Canada’s most renowned editorial cartoonists.

The five cartoonists are Serge ChapleauBrian GableTerry (Aislin) MosherDuncan Macpherson and Bruce MacKinnon.

Serge Chapleau has drawn inspiration from the French "Les grandes gueules" cartoonists and is known for his unique style and high-precision work. 

From his very first drawing, a portrait of singer Gilles Vigneault published in Perspectives magazine in March 1972, Chapleau became an overnight sensation and quickly established himself as one of the top cartoonists in the Montreal press. 

After working for various publications, including Le Devoir, L’actualité and 7 jours, he became staff cartoonist for daily newspaper La Presse in 1996, a position he holds to this day.

Through more than 7,000 drawings over the past 50 years, Chapleau has made people laugh and think by conveying the zeitgeist in a single image. 

In 1982, as a true pioneer of his profession, he became the first cartoonist to bring his characters to life on television. 

First with rubber puppets, then graphic animations, his famous character Gérard D. Laflaque captivated audiences, and nearly 500 episodes of shows Et Dieu créa… Laflaque and then ICI Laflaque were aired on Radio-Canada.

Winner of a record eight National Newspaper Awards in the Editorial Cartooning category, Chapleau has published L’année Chapleau, a yearly collection of his best press drawings, since 1993. 

When he was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015, he was recognized as “one of Canada’s most innovative and respected cartoonists,” and also a pioneer, having created animated cartoons for television.

Serge Chapleau, Le Devoir, October 28, 1995

More information about Chapleau here.

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