Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pat Mallet Cartoons

Pat Mallet (1941-2012) was a prolific cartoonist, creating long-form comic stories for the European comics Magazines Spirou ("Pegg le Robot" and "Xing and Xot") and Pilote ("Zourri"). He was perhaps best known for his "little green men" comics, for which he won the Grand Prix Internationale de la Caricature in Montreal twice (in 1972 and 78).

He was very active in advertising, with clients like Xerox and Paris Match. He was deaf since the age of nine, and produced much art for the school of the deaf in Paris.

Here are a few cartoons from WIE DAS LEBEN SO SPIELT. The cartoons are copyright 1983 by Mr. Mallet.

You can see he has a breezy, energetic style. His line is so alive, it almost has coffee nerves. Like a lot of cartoonists in multi-lingual Europe, he favors the wordless cartoon that appeals to all.

I kicked all these up to super-size, so a few appear cropped. Sorry about that. I thought this was a good idea so you could really see his ink line. If you want no cropping, just open these in a new window.

-- From a blog entry dated 9/10/13.


Unknown said...

these are really delightful Mike -- thanks for posting!

Mike Lynch said...

Glad you liked them. They reminded me of Jean-Jacques Sempé's work. And I love Sempé!

vwstieber said...

I love Pat Mallet. As a kid, we used to pass around a book of his little green men cartoons because they were the dirtiest thing we could get our hands on (puberty ca. 1980). I enjoy his work to this day. He deserves a complete works book.