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Tignous in 2008
BornBernard Verlhac
(1957-08-21)21 August 1957
Paris, France
Died7 January 2015(2015-01-07) (aged 57)
Paris, France
Area(s) Cartoonist
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Bernard Verlhac (21 August 1957 – 7 January 2015), known by the pseudonym Tignous (French:  [tiɲus] ), was a French cartoonist. He was a long-time staff cartoonist for the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo .

Cartoonist visual artist who makes cartoons

A cartoonist is a visual artist who specializes in drawing cartoons. This work is often created for entertainment, political commentary, or advertising. Cartoonists may work in many formats, such as booklets, comic strips, comic books, editorial cartoons, graphic novels, manuals, gag cartoons, graphic design, illustrations, storyboards, posters, shirts, books, advertisements, greeting cards, magazines, newspapers, and video game packaging.

Charlie Hebdo is a French satirical weekly magazine, featuring cartoons, reports, polemics, and jokes. Irreverent and stridently non-conformist in tone, the publication describes itself as above all secular, skeptic, and atheist, far-left-wing, and anti-racist publishing articles about the extreme right, religion, politics and culture.


On 7 January 2015, Tignous was killed in the Charlie Hebdo shooting. [1]

<i>Charlie Hebdo</i> shooting terrorist attack in Paris in 2015

On 7 January 2015 at about 11:30 local time, two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with rifles and other weapons, they killed 12 people and injured 11 others. The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to the Islamist terrorist group Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, which took responsibility for the attack. Several related attacks followed in the Île-de-France region on 7–9 January 2015, including the Hypercacher kosher supermarket siege where a terrorist held 19 hostages, of whom he murdered 4 Jews.


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Père Lachaise Cemetery

Tignous was born in Paris on 21 August 1957. [2] He studied drawing at the École Boulle. After working in the comic book field, Tignous began doing cartoons for L'Idiot International, La Grosse Bertha , and L'Événement du jeudi.

École Boulle

The École Boulle is a college of fine arts and crafts and applied arts in Paris, France.

Comic book publication of comics art

A comic book or comicbook, also called comic magazine or simply comic, is a publication that consists of comic art in the form of sequential juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes. Panels are often accompanied by brief descriptive prose and written narrative, usually, dialog contained in word balloons emblematic of the comics art form. Although comics has some origins in 18th century Japan, comic books were first popularized in the United States and the United Kingdom during the 1930s. The first modern comic book, Famous Funnies, was released in the U.S. in 1933 and was a reprinting of earlier newspaper humor comic strips, which had established many of the story-telling devices used in comics. The term comic book derives from American comic books once being a compilation of comic strips of a humorous tone; however, this practice was replaced by featuring stories of all genres, usually not humorous in tone.

La Grosse Bertha was a French weekly satirical magazine created in 1991 in opposition to the Gulf War. Its editor and publisher was Jean-Cyrille Godefroy and its first editor-in-chief was François Forcadell. The title of the magazine was an anti-militarist jibe; "Big Bertha" is the name of a massive piece of heavy artillery.

Tignous first began working at Charlie Hebdo in 1980, [3] and then rejoined the weekly when it was reborn in 1992. He was also a contributor to the weekly news magazine Marianne and the monthly publication Fluide Glacial . [4] In addition, he drew for Télérama and L'Echo des Savanes . [5]

<i>Marianne</i> (magazine) French magazine

Marianne is a weekly Paris-based French news magazine.

Fluide Glacial is a monthly Franco-Belgian comics magazine and a publishing house founded on 1 April 1975 by Marcel Gotlib, Alexis and Jacques Diament. It is currently the last remaining monthly adult comics magazine in France, with an editorial line based on humour.

<i>Télérama</i> weekly French magazine

Télérama is a weekly French cultural and TV magazine published in Paris, France. The name is a contraction of its earlier title: Télévision-Radio-Cinéma.

Tignous was also active in the French role-playing world, with his illustrations featured in games like Rêve de Dragon and MEGA, and many illustrations for the magazine Casus Belli. His work features in a 2015 cooperative card game, Les Poilus (The Grizzled), about the tragic and solitary experience of French soldiers in the trenches of the Great War. [6]

Casus Belli is a French magazine about roleplaying games founded in 1980. François Marcela-Froideval became first editor in chief.

Tignous was a member of Cartoonists for Peace as well as the Press Judiciare, an association of French journalists covering the legal system. [3] He was one of the founding sponsors of Clowns sans Frontieres, the French affiliate of Clowns without Borders International, and participated in CSF projects in the Philippines, Burma, and Nord Pas de Calais. [7] In 2010, he published a book featuring cartoons of his signature pandas to benefit the French chapter of the World Wildlife Foundation, which called him "a friend of the pandas and the earth." [8]

Tignous was the father of four children. He was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery on 15 January 2015. The Franco-Lebanese jazz trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf played during a ceremony in Tignous's honour held in the great hall of the municipality of Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis.


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  1. "Charlie Hebdo: les dessinateurs Cabu, Charb, Tignous et Wolinski sont morts". Le Figaro (in French). 7 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  2. François Aubel (7 January 2015). "Tignous, trait talentueux". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  3. 1 2 Lucy Cormack (8 January 2015). "Charlie Hebdo: Daughter's Instagram post a reminder of the people behind the pencil". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  4. 1 2 3 Theo Merz (7 January 2015). "Paris shooting: the cartoonists who were killed". The Telegraph. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  5. Pierre Perrone (9 January 2015). "Bernard Verlhac: Versatile and prolific caricaturist who was a thorn in the side of Nicolas Sarkozy". The Independent. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  6. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/171668/grizzled
  7. "Contexte". Clowns Sans Frontieres. June 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  8. Le WWF France pleure Tignous, un ami des Pandas WWF. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.