Fred Dewilde, cartoonist who survived the Bataclan, has died

Fred Dewilde, cartoonist who survived the Bataclan, has died
Fred Dewilde, cartoonist who survived the Bataclan, has died

DISAPPEARANCE. We interviewed him last March on ActuaBD.com. He was one of the Bataclan victims. He had escaped, alive but not unscathed. He had decided to bear witness through drawing, notably in his album Mon Bataclan (Lemieux publisher) then with classes in schools. He was collaborating on a Terrorism Memorial Museum project which should open its doors in 2027. He has just ended his life.

The attack was for me like venom injected into my body by the bite of a snake. I worked in the medical world and I knew perfectly well the evil that can penetrate deep within our cells. Some of them are sometimes hidden in the most inaccessible places in our body, where medications have difficulty working. This is how I feel about the events that happened on November 13… »

It was with these words that he testified to the high school students, as he had done before him Primo Levisurvivor of Auschwitz, the author of If it’s a man, who had also decided to delete himself. The venom has taken effect, and it’s a shock.

This comic strip remains, all the more valuable because he was a good designer and a good narrator.

“….More than eight years later, you couldn’t hold on, says his friend the historian on his Facebook page Denis Peschansky. However, you seemed to have found a path and a voice: art. But art was not enough in the face of the horrors of the world. We needed you, Fred. First Marianne and the children, but also the entire community of November 13. You remain such an endearing figure, you the gruff giant full of humor. Every year, in front of the 11th century town hall, you took out your vial when things became a little emotionally complicated and, to my memory, it wasn’t really water. I very quickly discovered your first comic book, “Mon Bataclan”. Shock. Read his work, it will be a fitting tribute. I don’t think we can find you anywhere now, and I have a feeling you would share my opinion. But it’s wrong. You are in our hearts. And you helped us think. I kiss you so hard my friend. »

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Photo: Romain Bmandre

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