Plantu moved to Brussels to attend drawing lessons at Ecole Saint-Luc founded by Hergé. In 1972 he joined the newspaper Le Monde with a first cartoon on the Vietnam War. He won the “Rare Document Award” at the Angers Festival du Scoop for managing to the signatures of Yasser Arafat and Shimon Peres on the same drawing. In 2006 Plantu turned the wish he shared with Kofi Annan into reality – a large number of cartoonists were brought together and the initiative Cartooning for Peace finally saw the light of day. To date, 130 cartoonists from all over the world have joined the initiative.
“Notre boulot et notre travail de dessinateur, c’est de contourner les interdits.”
Jean “Plantu” Plantureux