Ric Hochet, by Tibet (Gilbert Gascard)
Ric Hochet, by Tibet

Gilbert Gascard, who used the pseudonym Tibet, was one of the classic artists of Tintin magazine and creator of the famous series 'Chick Bill' and 'Ric Hochet'.

De Avonturen van Koenraad, by Tibet (Gilbert Gascard)
De Avonturen van Koenraad

Gascard was born in Marseille, France, but he moved to Belgium during his childhood. He began his career as an assistant animator in 1947. He then joined the studios of Tenas and Rali, where he met his future scenarist and collaborator André-Paul Duchâteau.

Pat Rick et Mass Tick, by Tibet (Gilbert Gascard)
Pat Rick et Mass Tick

Two years after his animation debut, he joined Héroic Albums, where he did various illustrations, as well as the realistic police comic 'Dave O'Flynn'. From 1951 onwards, he worked at the art studios of Tintin magazine and he introduced such characters to the magazine as 'Jean-Jean et Gigi', 'Titi et Tutu' and 'La Famille Petitoux'.

Chick Bill, by Tibet (Gilbert Gascard)
Chick Bill, by Tibet

The same year, he created his first continuing comic in Ons Volkske, 'De Avonturen van Koenraad', written by Duchâteau. In the same magazine, and its French counterpart Chez Nous Junior, he created the funny western comic 'Chick Bill'. In the early days of this series, all the characters were animals. As the series evolved, Tibet humanized his characters. From the fourth album, the series got its definitive shape.

Chick Bill by Tibet
Chick Bill (1982)

From 1956, the 'Chick Bill' series also appeared in Tintin. In addition, he created a sole episode of 'Pat Rick et Mass Tick' in 1955, as well as an advertising strip for Helva. He began his famous detective series 'Ric Hochet' the same year, again with Duchâteau, releasing 77 albums during his lifetime.

Globul le Martien, by Tibet (Gilbert Gascard)
Globul, by Tibet

Besides working on his two successful series, Tibet took on 'Globul le Martien' and 'Alphonse' (text by René Goscinny) and 'Mouminet' (text by Greg). Tibet created 'Junior' in 1958, the leader of his new series 'Le Club des Peur-de-Rien'. This comic appeared in Ons Volkske/Chez Nous Junior.

Club des Peur-de-rien, by Tibet (Gilbert Gascard)
Club des Peur-de-rien

In the early 1960s, he illustrated the first episodes of 'Les 3A', with backgrounds by Mittéï and texts by Michel Vasseur (a pseudonym of Duchâteau). In the seventies, Tibet did some caricatures of celebrities in Tintin's section 'Tibetière'.  Despite being a Frenchman by birth, he was one of many Belgian comics artists to make a graphic contribution to the book 'Il était une fois... les Belges'/'Er waren eens Belgen' (1980), a collection of columns and one-page comics, published at the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Belgium. In 1987-1988 the publishing company Brain Factory International released a four-volume comic book series where Franco-Belgian comics authors visualized several songs by singer Jacques Brel in comic strip form. The first volume, 'Le Plat Pays' (1987) featured a contribution by Tibet. In 1989 Tibet was one of the select few Belgian comics pioneers to become part of the permanent exhibition at the Belgian Comic Strip Center in Brussels. Together with Jacques Martin he is the only French-born artist to be honoured there.  In 1991 he was knighted by king Boudewijn/ Baudouin as a Knight in the Order of Leopold.  

Rik Ringers cover for Kuifje, the dutch version of Tintin, by Tibet (Gilbert Gascard)
Rik Ringers cover by Tibet for the dutch Tintin magazine

Tibet's final creation was the more adult series 'Aldo Remy', of which three albums appeared at Glénat from 2006. In Holland, 'Ric Hochet' appeared under the name 'Rik Ringers' and was very popular. Gone but not forgotten, Gilbert Gascard, better known as Tibet, passed away on Saturday night, 2 January 2010, at the age of 78. Coincidentally that other famous Belgian comics pioneer of French birth, Jacques Martin, died within the same month.

In November 1994 'Ric Hochet' was honoured with his own comic book wall in the Rue du Bon Secours/Bijstandsstraat 9 in Brussels, as part of the Brussels' Comic Book Route. 

Aldo Remy, by Tibet (Gilbert Gascard)
Aldo Remy

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