“I try to make people laugh , to give them some consolation for the political events that make them suffer … It is important to make some people laugh and others groan.”
Berthio is the pen-name used by Roland Berthiaume.
Born 1927 in Montréal.
He worked at several newspapers including La Patrie, Le Nouveau Journal, and La Presse. In 1965 he succeeded Normand Hudon as editorial cartoonist for Le Devoir. He developed a large following for the paper. His separatist views created irreconcilable differences between him and the editor Claude Ryan whose views were federalist. As a result he moved to the separatist publication Le Jour when it was founded in the early 1970’s and took his readership with him. After the demise of Le Jour he worked for Montréal-Matin and several other newspapers and magazines. In 1973, he received the Olivar-Asselin Award for journalism presented by La Societé Saint-Jean Baptiste.
In 1979, he worked for the television program Hebdo-Samedi producing caricatures that are integrated with topical news items and features. In 1981 he was drawing cartoons for the Le Devoir, Dimanche-Matin and Croc.
His style is starkly simple and incisive in the European tradition and has much in common with cartoonists from other French-speaking cultures. . His work best expressed the growing nationalism in Quebec in the 1960’s and 1970’s. [Hecklers:229]
BOOK GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
Best Canadian Political Cartoons, 1983. Ed., N.M. Stahl. For., David Rosen. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. Sept. 1983: 4, 66, 99, 158, 194.
Caricature . Cartoons Canada. Ed., Terry Mosher. Montréal: Linda Leith Publishing, 2012: 20.
BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:
Un Monde Fou, Les Éditions du Jour, 1961.
faces à farces BERTHIO, Ludcom Inc., 1981.
The Hecklers. Writ. & Ed.., Peter Desbarates & Terry Mosher. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Ltd., 1979: 187-188, 229.
faces à farces BERTHIO, Montréal: Ludcom Inc., 1981.