Hector Berthelot was a Canadian journalist and caricaturist, and one of Quebec's pioneering comics artists. In 1868, an artist named Nemo drew a long comic called 'La Vie d'Étudiant' in Le Charivari. Berthelot was presumably behind the signature of Nemo. He launched several controversial satirical newspapers, such as Le Canard (1877) and Le Vrai Canard, which was later retitled to Le Grognard and Le Violon. Berthelot used 'Père Ladébauche' as a pen name for most of his articles, named after the title of a French-Canadian folk song. Throughout the years, the character was also featured in several caricatures drawn by Berthelot himself, but also by other artists. 'Père Ladébauche' was eventually featured in a series of comic strips in La Presse by Joseph Charlebois and Albéric Bourgeois.
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