Zyx, Canadian cartoonist and publisher, Died at 65


Jacques Hurtubise was born on November 1950, and died on December 11, 2015.

He was a French-Canadian cartoonist and publisher.

Jacques was one of the founders of Croc magazine and is considered one of the most prominent figures in Quebec comics of the 1970s and 1980s.

He was born in Ottawa. Jacques earliest work appeared in his first attempt on a comics magazine was L’Hydrocéphale Illustré in November 1971, in collaboration with Gilles Desjardins and Françoise Barrette.

It was not a success. Following it, he founded a group of young Canadian artists called the Coopérative des Petits Dessins.

Throughout the 1970s, he produced over 200 comic strips for the newspaper Le Jour.

In these strips appeared the characters le Sombre Vilain and his sidekick Bill, the gluttonous boa constrictor who loved to eat pizza delivery men.

These adventures continued in the humorous magazine Croc, which he founded in 1979 with Helene Fleury and Roch Côté.

Jacques is one of only two Québécois cartoonists, with Albert Chartier, to appear in Le Dictionnaire mondial de la Bande Dessinée and The World Encyclopedia of Comics.

In 2007, he won the Joe Shuster Award, an award for Canadian cartoonists.

His works and letters are kept in the Bibliotheque et Archives nationales du Québec.

Jacques was also the Rhinoceros Party candidate in 1979 for the Papineau riding.

Jacques Hurtubise passed away at age 65 in Montreal in December 2015.