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"It was targeted": who stole cartoonist Camille Blandin's comic strips?

2023-12-05T16:07:00.526Z

Highlights: Cartoonist Camille Blandin's workshop in Toulouse was burglarized last Friday to Saturday. The 25-year-old's comic strips and drawings were stolen. "It makes me think it was targeted," the young man told Le Parisien. Blandin and the occupants of the workshop have an appointment on December 20 to file a complaint, but the forensic police have already visited the workshop to take note of any fingerprints. "If the goal is to harm me, he's really someone willing to blow a lock to achieve it"


The young comic book author was the victim of a burglary on the night of Friday to Saturday of his shared studio in Toulouse. T


It is the entire work of a young artist that has disappeared. Between last Friday and Saturday, the workshop of illustrator and comic book author Camille Blandin was burglarized in Toulouse (Haute-Garonne). Loot from the evildoers? Not the high-value computer equipment, but the comic strips and drawings of this 25-year-old cartoonist. "It makes me think it was targeted," the young man told Le Parisien. He plans to file in the coming days.

It was on Saturday that the artist learned that his studio, which he shared with four graphic designer friends, had been burglarized: probably during the night, one or more individuals had broken the lock to gain entry. Although the five comrades from the Beaux-Arts have not yet carried out a "complete inventory", it is clear that, apart from the bag of one of the graphic designers, only Camille Blandin's belongings have been targeted.

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"All my work was stolen. There are all my books, my research, my preparatory work," laments the cartoonist, who works on A3 plates, in other words sheets the size of a poster or poster.

500 sheets of drawing stolen, tens of kilos of paper

There are the original plates of three books already published, as well as those of his next comic book worked with Misma editions. For the latter, "everything has already been digitized." But there's also a little treasure that the more than 60,000 followers of Camille Blandin's Instagram account "Striiipclub" will never see. 80 "strips", these little humorous sketches, drawn with a marker, and which cost him "three or four hours of work" each, were gone.

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In all, "around 500 sheets" were stolen, the equivalent of "about fifteen or twenty kilos of paper". It is difficult to imagine a burglary committed at random.

"I'm in a state of total incomprehension," laments Camille Blandin. "Almost nothing was disturbed. Hard drives, screens, graphics tablets have not moved. All my work was stolen knowing that it was spread out in several places in the workshop." How much loot does the burglars have? Not much, notes the young author. "My work doesn't have a value on the market yet and I don't sell my original boards," says the artist, who is at the beginning of his career. I'm not a comic book head, I'm not represented by any gallery or agency."

"I can't think of anyone who could blame me so much"

So who targeted Camille Blandin? A competitor? "That's the idea I could have had," he admits. If the goal is to harm me, he's really someone willing to blow a lock to achieve it. I can't think of anyone who could blame me so much" As for the hypothesis of a targeted burglary, it is perhaps even more worrying: "If someone is after me, I'm afraid it will go further."

Camille Blandin and the occupants of the workshop have an appointment on December 20 to file a complaint, but the forensic police have already visited the workshop to take note of any fingerprints. Officials, however, have warned. "Gloves would have been used," the young man said.

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A post shared by Camille Blandin (@strrripclub)

In the meantime, Camille Blandin called on her followers to be vigilant. "I'd like to ask you to contact me if you see an original board of mine coming up for sale," he wrote on Instagram. It is bound to come from this flight. Then he hopes that the perpetrator of the robbery reads it: "If you committed this theft and you read this message, it's not too late, you can always give me back my job."

Source: leparis

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