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Jean Loic Belhomme(Belom) was born in 1950 near Rennes. He devours the adventures of Mickey and Tintin before trying his hand at drawing. A baccalaureate in pocket, he spent a year at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Rennes before obtaining a University Diploma in Literary Studies in psychology and then a BTS in advertising.
After working in a graphic design studio, Belhomme became artistic director for various advertising agencies. In 1982, encouraged by the publication of his first drawings in Le Pèlerin, La vie, Djin or Formule 1, he gave up advertising to go into comics.
In the press, Belom's collaborations are numerous (Ouest-France, Presse-Océan, Circus, Lui, A Suivi, Pilote ...) and have earned him recognition, notably by Jacques Glénat, who publishes 'Çaoccup' (1983) and 'Et que ça saute' (1984). These are the first two books in a long series that Bélom will sign as a designer and / or screenwriter. He also draws for Spirou, Télérama Junior, Fluide Glacial, Le Point, Marianne, Détective, Le Figaro Littéraire, J'aime J'aime, The team ...
Having participated in numerous exhibitions around the world, Belom received in 2018 the 1st Prize from the World Gallery of Cartoons and in 2017 the 2nd Prize from the EuroKartoenale ‘The Soul’ of Kruishoutem.He won the ECC Prize in our Euro-kartoenale "The Wall" 2020.
Clown craft ”
as a child, in the 50s and 60s, I looked for the cartoons that swarmed in newspapers and magazines. I did not suspect yet that it could be a profession, but the desire was born, and I started to copy these designers who brought me so much pleasure (Bellus, Aldebert, Faizant, Chaval, Bosc, Mose, Gad … And Sempé). Sempé, with all his universe, and Reiser, with his expressive trait, made my initiation. And even if today the ‘formatted’ press ignores humor, passion is still present. Using little pencil and eraser, I keep tracing my "big nose" with black roller! "