Fred (comics)

Infobox Comics creator

name = Fred
imagesize =
caption =
birthname = Fred Othon Aristidès
birthdate = birth date and age|1931|3|5
location = Paris, France
deathdate =
deathplace =
nationality = French
area = artist, writer, colourist
alias =
notable works = "Philémon"
awards = Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême, 1980

Fred Othon Aristidès, known by his pseudonym Fred, is a French comics artist and comic book creator in the Franco-Belgian comics tradition. He is best known for his series "Philémon".


Born in Paris, France on March 5, 1931, the son of Greek immigrants, Fred began his career in his early twenties, getting a cartoon published in the magazine "Zéro" in 1954. The following years he was published in several magazines, both french and foreign, such as "Ici Paris", "France Dimanche", "Punch" and "The New Yorker", among others.cite web | last = Lambiek Comiclopedia | title = Fred | url = ] In 1960, he created the satirical journal "Hara-Kiri" with Georges Bernier and Cavanna. He was the magazine's artistic director and drew its first 60 covers. Fred also wrote scenario for several artists, among others Jean-Claude Mézières, Loro, Georges Pichard, Hubuc, Mic Delinx and Alexis.

In 1980, he was awarded the Grand Prix de la ville at the seventh Angoulême International Comics Festival.


Fred's most famous creation, "Philémon" was created in 1965, in a 15 page story intended for the comics magazine "Spirou", which ultimately passed on it. René Goscinny however, asked to publish it in "Pilote", which Fred agreed on the condition that he produce the drawings himself. Goscinny agreed and the first Philémon adventure, "Le mystère de la clairière des trois hiboux" was serialised. The series published its last album, the 15th, in 1987.


* "Philémon" series (1972-1987, Dargaud)

* "Le Petit cirque" (1973, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-00704-1)
* "Le Fond de l'air est frais" (1973, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-00662-2)

* "Timoléon" (with Alexis, art)
** "Time is Money" (1974, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-00760-2)
** "4 pas dans l'avenir" (1975, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-00872-2)
** "Joseph le borgne" (1975, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-00907-9)

* "Ça va, ça vient" (1977, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-01147-2)
* "Y a plus de saisons" (1978, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-01234-7)
* "Le Manu Manu" (1979, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-01332-7)
* "Magic Palace Hôtel" (1980, Fred, ISBN 2-903937-00-1)
* "Cythère l'apprentie sorcière" (1980, G.P. Rouge et Or, ISBN 2-261-00778-7)
* "Parade" (1982, Fred, ISBN 2-903937-01-X)
* "Hum" (1982, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-00836-6)
* "Manège" (1983, Futuropolis, ISBN 2-737-65644-3)
* "La Magique Lanterne Magique" (1983, Imagerie Pellerin, ISBN 2-86207-072-6)
* "Journal de Jules Renard lu par Fred" (1988, Flammarion, ISBN 2-08-066129-9)
* "Histoire du corbac aux baskets" (1993, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-04189-4)
* "L'histoire du conteur électrique" (1995, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-04362-5)
* "Le noir, la couleur et lavis" (1997, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-04704-3)
* "L'Histoire de la dernière image" (1999, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-04603-9)
* "Fredissimo - L'album du millénaire" (2000, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-05086-9)


* 1980: Angoulême Festival Grand Prix de la ville cite web | last =BDAngoulême | title =Les prix du festival | url = fr_icon]


* [ Fred publications in "Pilote"] BDoubliées fr_icon
* [ Fred albums] Bedetheque fr_icon;Footnotes

External links

* [ Fred biography] on Lambiek Comiclopedia
* [ Batbad] Philémon homage site

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