About Charles Vess
Frédéric Othon Théodore Aristidès (5 March 1931 – 2 April 2013), known by his pseudonym Fred, was a French cartoonist in the Franco-Belgian comics tradition. He is best known for his series Philémon.
Born in Paris, France on March 5, 1931, the son of Greek immigrants, Fred began his career in his early twenties, getting a cartoon published in the magazine Zéro in 1954. The following years he was published in several magazines, both French and foreign, such as Ici Paris, France Dimanche, Punch and The New Yorker, among others.In 1960, he created the satirical journal Hara-Kiri with Georges Bernier and François Cavanna. He was the magazine's artistic director and drew its first 60 covers. Fred also wrote scenario for several artists, among others Jean-Claude Mézières, Loro, Georges Pichard, Hubuc, Mic Delinx and Alexis.
In 1980, he was awarded the Grand Prix de la ville at the seventh Angoulême International Comics Festival.