Roger Brunel studied at the School of Fine Arts in Grenoble and started his career working for a printing firm and in the advetising field. His first humorous drawings and caricatures appeared in Le Progrès de Lyon, La Presse and Le Hérisson from 1960. Brunel created his first (short) comic story for Spirou in 1972, 'Graphos et Mandou'. He then joined the publishing house Glénat.
Parody on Jean Roba's 'Boule et Bill'
His work was featured in the alternative comics magazine Le Canard Sauvage, and in Circus, where he made his famous 'Pastiches', naughty parodies of famous comics, which appeared from 1978 to 1995. In 1981, he drew 'Tel et Matic in Gomme. In 1984, he became director of Glénat Concept, a department speciliazed in advertising comics.
Tel et Matic
Brunel wrote 'Le Solitaire' for Alain Mounier in 1987, and 'Le Rugby en BD' for Michel Rodrigue. In the beginning of the nineties, he returned to cartooning, and his work was collected in various albums throughout this decade ('Attention, École!', 'Ciel, mon Avion!', 'Papie Boum et Mamie Blue' and 'Attention, Prof!', etc.).
Parody on Al Capp's 'Li'l Abner'
He also began a new series of funny 'Guides en BD' with Rodrigue, published by Albin Michel and Vents d'Ouest. Roger Brunel is also an illustrator of art books, such as 'Vie et Fables d'Esope' (Editions du Grésivaudan, 1996) and 'L'Oeuvre Poétique de Georges Brassens' (Editions Martinsart, 2004).
Parody on Tabary's Iznogoud'