This is a translation of the Claire Bretécher's bestselling comic strip series Agrippine. Translated from the French by Fiona Cleland.
Most of Bretécher's output after 1988 was devoted to this one character, the rebellious adolescent 'Agrippine' (1988-2009). The reader follows Agrippine at the top of her teenage crisis, struggling with existential dillemas and curiosities. She is the typical spoiled teenager, who cannot be bothered with future plans, but instead is angry with everyone and everything. She resents her parents for not divorcing when she was a child, and is annoyed with her baby brother and his "pee-poo" humor. Again, Bretécher offered observations of the generation gap between babyboom parents and the bored-out and spoiled teenagers of the 1990s.
[In 2001, Bretécher's series Agrippine was adapted into a 26-episode TV series by Canal+.]
Claire Bretécher (1940 - 2020) was one of the foremost socio-satirical French cartoonists of her generation. Her sharp and subtle observations of the prosperous, urban female of the 1970s and 1980s made her world famous, as her work was also published in most of the other European countries and the USA. Bretécher was a pioneer in many ways. During the 1960s, she was the first female comic artist with a prominent spot in several Franco-Belgian comic magazines. Her humorous series for Record ('Baratine et Molgaga' ), Tintin ('Hector') and Spirou ('Les Gnangnan', 'Les Naufragés') already hinted at the irony and humor of her later work. She was also at the vanguard of a new wave of adult-oriented comics with her contributions to Pilote and as co-founder of the satirical magazine L'Écho des Savanes. Bretécher was furthermore one of the first comic artists who ventured into self-publishing, with much success. But most of all, she was the first satirist who meticulously and subtly captured the behavior and conversations of both the adult and adolescent female in her two signature series 'Les Frustrés' (1973-1981) and 'Agrippine' (1988-2009), all in her trademark loose and sketchy trait.