Florence Cestac (born July 18, 1949 in Pont-Audemer) is a French comics creator.
Life and CareerEdit
Cestac studied in both Rouen and Paris. She co-founded Bonbel, an artist collective in Rouen, and worked for the press group Filipacchi.
In 1972, after delivering a few illustrations to newspapers, she co-founded BD bookstore Futuropolis with her husband Étienne Robial, which later housed a publishing house, Futuropolis éditions.
As a creator, she worked at L'Écho des savanes, Charlie Mensuel, Pilote and Ah ! Nana. Her Harry Mickson detective parody stories and his brother Edmond François Ratier were published by Futuropolis. She also illustrated La Guerre des Boutons by Louis Pergaud.
In 1994, Cestac and Robial sold Futuropolis to Gallimard, and it became dormant. She then created "Le Déblok" in Le Journal de Mickey with Nathalie Roques . However, she soon abandoned Le Déblok, published by Dargaud, and with the same publisher launched Cestac pour les grands with Le Démon de midi, later adapted to theater and film, La Vie en Rose or Du Sable dans le maillot ("Sand in bikini").
In 2001, she began her own booklet, called Cestac Color, which featured the works of Charlie Schlingo, Philippe Vuillemin, Frank Margerin, René Pétillon, Jano, Max and Jean-Claude Denis. Her graphic memoir, La Vie D’Artiste, was published in 2002 by Dargaud. In 2004, she created Super Catho with Pétillon at Dargaud.
Her style is immediately recognizable, and Cestac has long been a key figure in the "comics culture" even before her success in adult comics, with Le Démon de midi.
Awards and RecognitionEdit
In 1989, she received l'Alph-Art for best Humorous Album in Angoulême for Les vieux Copains plein de pépins, a Harry Mickson adventure. She won again for Le Démon de Midi in 1997. In 2000, she received the Grand Prix de la Ville d'Angoulême.