CARTOON WORLD: “It’s an improvised biography — seen through my eyes,” illustrator Tiffany Cooper said of her new comic book, “Karl’s Secrets,” out today in France from publisher Marabulles.

Based on episodes of Karl Lagerfeld’s life — from bracing exchanges with his eccentric mother to intimate moments at home with his pet cat Choupette — the hardcover, 144-page tome also spotlights lesser-known facts about the designer: that he draws with makeup, prefers to sketch in his pajamas and never cries.

Encouraged by her publisher to be provocative, Cooper addressed Lagerfeld’s struggles with weight in the Eighties — he had no objections to the chapter. Entitled “Mega Fat,” it depicts him stuffing his face in the bathtub and in front of the television.

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“If he can agree to that kind of thing, it shows how open-minded he is and the sense of humor he has,” Cooper enthused. “There are not many designers like that. He’s very comfortable with his image.”

Cooper, who has also done a capsule collection for the Karl Lagerfeld brand featuring her drawings, said she hopes to publish the book in other languages. It retails for 17.95 euros, or about $20 at current exchange rates.

A visual from inside “Karl’s Secrets.”

<em>A visual from inside “Karl’s Secrets.”</em>  Courtesy Photo

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