Kid Paddle, by Midam

Born in Etterbeek, Michel Ledent studied Interior Decoration and Illustration at the Saint-Luc in Brussels. During his military service, he became a draughtsman for the Belgian Navy. He made his first comics work for the magazine Micro-Systèmes during the period 1989-1993. He assumed the pseudonym Midam, and joined the team of Spirou magazine in 1992. His first work were illustrations for the "Zig Zag" section.

Kid Paddle by Midam
Kid Paddle/Game Over

It was in the videogame section where he developed his famous 'Kid Paddle' character. 'Kid Paddle' soon became one of the most popular gag series of the magazine, and eventually got its own monthly magazine (published by Disney Hachette Presse from 2002) and was adapted into an animated cartoon series. For this magazine, the often featured silent gags inside the videogames eventually got their own spin-off, called 'Game Over'. Midam set up a studio and hired the artist Adam to draw the comic in 2004. Midam and Adam use crowdsourcing for the ideas of the 'Game Over' gags. Midam and Adam also created 'Harding was here' for Éditions Quadrants in 2008.

Le Gowap, by Midam (in Tintin, 1993)
Le Gowap (Tintin, 1993)

In 1993, Midam had a brief appearance in Hello Bédé with the first gags starring 'Le Gowap' with text by Mythic, a series that was later continued by Curd Ridel. He teamed up Clarke and created the absurd series 'Durant les Travaux, l'Exposition Continue', in which all the characters wore glasses, for the Humour Libre collection of Dupuis between 1998 and 2000, and 'Le Miracle de la Vie' for the publisher's Expresso collection in 2004.

Grrreeny by Midam
Grrreeny

Midam created his own publishing label MAD Fabrik together with Araceli Cancino and Dimitri Kennes in 2009, through which he manages his 'Kid Paddle' and 'Game Over' productions, as well as his new series about the green tiger 'Grrreeny' since 2010. The character is the mascot of Wapiti magazine since June of that same year. 

Kid Paddle by Midam

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Last updated: 2013-04-05

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