Gerhard (cartoonist)

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Gerhard in 2012
Born (1959-04-14) April 14, 1959 (age 61)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Notable works
CollaboratorsDave Sim
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Gerhard is the professional name of a Canadian artist known for the elaborately detailed background illustrations in the comics series Cerebus the Aardvark.[1]


Gerhard was born on April 14, 1959, in Edmonton. His association with Dave Sim's Cerebus began with issue #65 (August 1984), and continued through its conclusion in issue #300, in March, 2004. The series was written by Dave Sim, who also drew the foreground figures, and had worked on the self-published series largely solo for the first 64 issues. Gerhard jokingly described his job saying that he "draws tables and chairs behind an aardvark".[citation needed] He is also fond of photography, later issues of the comic book have covers based on his scenic photos, and sailing.[citation needed]

Three years after finishing his work on Cerebus, Gerhard ended his professional and personal relationship with Dave Sim.[2] Subsequently, Sim has been in the process of purchasing Gerhard's share of Aardvark-Vanaheim.[2]

Although most associated with Cerebus, Gerhard has produced works for other publications, although mostly with Sim. In September 1994, however, he worked with Stephen R. Bissette on the cover to Bissette's Tyrant #1, and coloured Sim's back cover for Oni Press' Free Speeches #1 (August 1998).[3]


  1. ^ Robinson, Sean Michael (February 14, 2011). "Sean Michael Robinson: The Craft Behind Cerebus: An Interview with Gerhard (Part One of Three)". The Comics Journal. Archived from the original on April 16, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Tundis, Jeff. "Gerhard and Aardvark-Vanaheim have parted ways". Cerebus Yahoo! Group. Retrieved 2007-02-28.
  3. ^ "Oni's Free Speeches #1".

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