COOPÉRATIVE DES PETITS DESSINES
The University of Montréal group headed by Jacques Hurtubise that published L’Hydrocéphale Illustre in November 1971 created in 1973 the Coopérative des Petits Dessines an association of creators. This was with a grant from the Québec government.
It initiated a number of projects like art exhibits but its most significant effort was to sell a package of six cartoon strips to Le Jour [Québec] in 1974. They included “Le Sombre Vilain by Jacques Hurtubise, “Les Terriens” by Réal Godbout, “Célestin” by Michel Demers and “Lunambule” by Gilles Thibault. Half the strips were dropped after six months. The paper lasted as a daily only to 1976. “Le Sombre Vilain” brought back when the paper was revived as a weekly in 1977, but the paper again ceased operations in 1978.
“Hurtubise Jacques (1950 – ).” Writ., Maurice Horn,. The World Encyclopedia of Comics, Ed., Maurice Horn. Chelsea House Publishers, 1976: 208.
“Québec: A Short History.” Writ., Luc Pomerleau. Canuck Comics. Ed., John Bell. Matrix Books/Matrix Graphic Series. 1986: 108.