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Jacques Tardi, one of the defining cartoonists of his generation, was born in Valence, France, in 1946. Tardi got his start in cartooning in 1969 with a series of short stories for Pilote magazine and soon graduated to graphic novels. Over Tardi's decades-long cartooning career, he's created many graphic novels— lighthearted adventure tales, harrowing and humanizing stories about the two World Wars, a long run of detective and crime thrillers (many of which star Léo Malet’s Paris-based private eye Nestor Burma)—masterpieces all. Fantagraphics Books is proud to bring his masterful works to an English-speaking audience.