Inspector Canardo is leading the investigation

19/06/2018 - 25/11/2018

Halfway between fantasy and tragedy, the adventures of Inspector Canardo was one of the most successful animal comic strips produced in the last half-century.
On 1st March 1978, in the second issue of the new monthly (À SUIVRE), the public was introduced to this web-footed humanoid who was investigating a sordid case in bars of ill repute. His creator, Benoît Sokal from Brussels, had just left the Institut Saint-Luc where he studied alongside François Schuiten and a whole generation of authors who were about to arrive on the European comic strip scene like a breath of fresh air.
Canardo is a disillusioned “private detective” in a beige trench coat who is often drunk and always has a cigarette hanging out his mouth. He’s the spit of Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler’s detective who was played in the movies by Humphrey Bogart. Never seen without his white 1956 Cadillac Eldorado and an entourage of ladies of easy virtue, he flaunts his calm air of assurance in some unexpected places. Whether it’s property scandals, drug use among illustrators or the diplomatic conflicts between Wallonia and the fictional Duchy of Belgambourg, he knows the score.
Forty years later, after a spell experimenting with graphic tablets, Sokal was happy to take to paintbrush and paper again for his 26th album, which continues the tales of Inspector Canardo’s beer-soaked quest.

Curator: JC De la Royère
With the support of the Bruxelles-Capitale region

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