Comic Creator

Caran d'Ache

Emmanuel Poiré

(6 November 1858, Russia - 28 February 1909, France)  France

  Caran d'Ache

Batterie des Hommes sans Peur

Emmanuel Poiré, the grandson of a Napoleontine officer stationed in Russia, was born in Moscow. In 1877, he moved to France and became a military officer. He published his first drawings in Le Chronique Parisienne in 1880, specializing in military caricatures. He used the pseudonym Caran d'Ache, which comes from karandash, the Russian word for pencil.

Le Chasseur Sensitive, by Caran d'Ache 1898

He worked for Chat Noir, Figaro, Fliegende Blätter and Le Rire. In 1898, he founded the magazine Pssst...! His album 'Carnet de Chèques' was directed against the scandal in Panama. In 1902, he dedicated a whole edition of L'Assiette au Beurre to the Legion d'Honneur. His graphic novel 'Maestro' remained unpublished until 1999.

comic art by Caran d'Ache

Caran d'Ache photograph by Nadar, 1860
Caran d'Ache photographed
by Nadar in 1860

'Maestro' review

Last updated: 2012-04-04

Series and books by Caran d'Ache in stock in the Lambiek Webshop:


Since 1999, Lambiek presents the Comiclopedia as a free service to comic fans from all over the world. The database has expanded to over 12,000 biographies of international comic artists, and also has an extensive Dutch section about comics in the Netherlands.
For 15 years, the site was funded from the resources of our Amsterdam-based shop. However, the current economical circumstances make it difficult for us to maintain this service. At the moment the Comiclopedia's sole editor works for us free of charge, aided by a couple of (international) volunteers.

If you want to help us continue and improve our ever- expanding database, we would appreciate your donation through Paypal.