Claire Bretécher  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Claire Bretécher (born April 7, 1940) is a French cartoonist, known particularly for her portrayals of women and gender issues. Her creations include the Frustrés, and the unimpressed teenager Agrippine (reader of "Heidegger in the Congo", a particularly un-PC joke on the The Adventures of Tintin series).


She was born in Nantes, and got her first break as an illustrator when she was asked to provide the artwork for Le Facteur Rhésus by René Goscinny for L'Os à Moelle in 1963. She went on to work for several popular magazines, and in 1969 invented the character "Cellulite". In 1972 she joined Gotlib and Mandryka in founding the comics magazine L'Écho des savanes.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, she published successful collections, such as The Destiny of Monique (1982). In 2001, her series Agrippine was adapted into a 26 episode TV series by Canal+.


  • Les états d'âme de Cellulite (1972, Dargaud, ISBN 2205005979)
  • Salades de saison (1973, Dargaud, ISBN 2205007025)
  • Les frustrés (5 albums, 1975-80, Bretecher)
  • Le cordon infernal (1976, Bretecher, ISBN 2901076025)
  • Les angoisses de Cellulite (1977, Dargaud, ISBN 2205007548)
  • Baratine et Molgaga (1977, Glénat, ISBN 272340062X)
  • La vie passionnée de Thérèse Avila (1980, Bretecher, ISBN 2901076068)
  • Le destin de Monique (1983, Bretecher, ISBN 2901076092)
  • Les Mères (1982, Bretecher, ISBN 2901076084)
  • Docteur ventouse, bobologue (2 albums 1985-86, Bretecher/Hyphen)
  • Agrippine (8 albums 1988–2004, Bretecher/Hyphen)


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