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Gerhard (cartoonist)

Born (1959-04-14) April 14, 1959
Edmonton, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Notable works

Gerhard is the professional name of a Canadian artist known for the elaborately detailed background illustrations in the comics series Cerebus the Aardvark.


Gerhard was born on April 14, 1959 in Edmonton, and started his association with Dave Sim's Cerebus with issue #65 (August 1984), and continued through its conclusion with #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". He is also fond of photography (some later issues of the comic book have covers based on his scenic photos) and sailing.

Effective December 31, 2006, approximately three years after finishing his work on Cerebus, Gerhard ended his professional and personal relationship with Dave Sim. Subsequently, Dave Sim has been in the process of purchasing Gerhard's share of Aardvark-Vanaheim.[1]

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 also colored Oni Press' August 1998-published Free Speeches #1, featuring the artwork of Art Adams, Mike Allred, Steven Hughes, Jim Mahfood and Kevin McCarthy to words by Sim, Neil Gaiman, Nadine Strossen and Frank Miller.[2]


  1. ^ Tundis, Jeff. "Gerhard and Aardvark-Vanaheim have parted ways.". Cerebus Yahoo! Group. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  2. ^ #1 at the ComicBookDBFree SpeechesOni's . Accessed March 19, 2008

External links

  • Art of Gerhard A gallery of both Cerebus and non-Cerebus related artwork by Gerhard.
  • Gerhard's work on Cerebus at the Grand Comics Database
  • Robinson, Sean Michael (2011-02-14). "The Craft Behind Cerebus: An Interview with Gerhard". Cerebus A lengthy three-part interview on the technical aspects of Gerhard's work on

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