Bernard Dumont, better known by his pseudonym Bédu, is a comic artist who has worked for the magazines Tintin and Spirou since the 1970s. Born in Ciney in the province of Namur, he studied economical sciences at the Catholic University of Louvain. It was during his studies that he assumed his pen name Bédu, while making illustrations for a student's paper. Upon graduation in 1972, he turned to making comics - at first as an assistant to Berck on series like 'Mischa', 'Lowietje' and 'Sammy'.
By 1975, he began his association with (initially the Belgian edition of) Tintin magazine, for which he created about a dozen short stories.
Between 1983 and 1993, he additionally took over the artwork for the funny series about the British detectve 'Clifton' and revitalized this classic Macherot series, until 1989 in cooperation with Bob de Groot, then with his own scripts. When Tintin and its follow-up Hello Bédé folded, Bédu transferred to the Dupuis magazine Spirou. He teamed up with Raoul Cauvin to create 'Les Psy', a series of gags and short stories with a satirical view on psychiatry, that has ran in the magazine since 1992. The first book collection appeared in 1994.
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