Laurent Vicomte, the author of the comic strip "Sasmira", is dead. - Screenshot YouTube / Glénat BD

Laurent Vicomte has passed away. The cartoonist and comic writer, author of the series Balade au bout du monde  and Sasmira  died Sunday at the age of 64, we learned from his publisher on Monday.

“We are sad to learn of the death of Laurent Vicomte which took place on Sunday August 9th. Virtuoso designer and essential author of the Glénat catalog, he was 64 years old, ”the publisher said in a press release.

A "crazy requirement" and a "refined line"

A meticulous designer with realistic lines, Laurent Vicomte created in 1982, with screenwriter Pierre Makyo, the first cycle of four albums of Balade au bout du monde (Glénat). Awarded many times, these four albums published between 1982 and 1988 were best-sellers of the 1980s comic strip. After a few years of hiatus, Laurent Vicomte embarked on writing and drawing a new major project, Sasmira , whose first volume, L'Appel (Les Humanoïdes associés) was released in 1997. An album unanimously and warmly hailed by critics, it has sold tens of thousands of copies.

But Laurent Vicomte, very exacting of himself, was an author who liked to take his time. The second volume (co-designed with Claude Pelet) was published by Glénat in 2011. Volumes 3 and 4, drawn by Anaïs Bernabé, will appear in 2016 and 2018, more than 20 years after the first volume.

"Laurent Vicomte has always shown a crazy requirement and the works he signed with his refined lines have allowed him to be considered as one of the major authors of contemporary comics", estimated Glénat in his communicated.


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