Clement Sauve, an artist best known in comics circles for his work on some cutting-edge genre comics as well as being an early member of CBR’s own fan community, passed away today after a long battle with cancer. He was 33 years old.
Sauve had a distinctive graphic style that set him apart from his peers but also made hitting the monthly deadlines of comics a tough grind. He also had a sense of humor which he shared with fans here and across the net at any opportunity. “Born and raised in Montreal, Clement Sauve started his comic book career working as an assistant to Yanick Paquette’s cat,” his web bio read. “He then moved on to working as an assistant to Yanick Paquette, until years of sending submissions finally landed him his first job, ‘Human Defense Corps’ for DC Comics.”
After working on “Human Defense Corps” with Ty Templeton, the artist moved on to other projects including many at Devil’s Due Publishing where he created a number of images for icons like G.I. Joe and Transformers as well as the original art for Joe Casey’s short-lived superhero comic “Infantry.” In recent years, he found a match for his style in animation, serving as a character designer for the Hub’s new “G.I. Joe Renegades” from which he’d regularly share artwork with fans on his deviantART account.
On January 1, Sauve posted to his account “Hey guys, sorry that I haven’t been fast and generous with the replies lately, but I’m dealing with personal health issues and spending very little time online. Hopefully I’ll be able to post new things soon, until then, thank you all again for the support and comments, and happy new year!”
His close friend and former studiomate Paquette broke the news of Sauve’s passing this morning on Twitter saying “Clement Sauve, great artiste and designer, my friend, my disciple, succumbed to cancer, yesterday night. He was 33. It is Unbearable.”
More online reminiscences are appearing online now including those from Stuart Immonen and Canada’s Joe Shuster Awards. CBR as well mourns the passing of our friend and supporter. May he rest in peace.