Saturday, December 27, 2008

Lajmi = News


At the end of year reflections are made about the past year. Most newspapers and television channels review events and news of the last 12 months. News is hot. News is big business ... and NEWS was the theme of the 2007 Kosova World Cartoon Festival.
The catalogue shows dozens of 'news' cartoons and is really a collector's item for all journalists in this world. If you have a journalist in your family, this is the present to give!
The cartoons make us reflect upon the crazy world we live in.

Some nice 'news' cartoons:

Mahaita Purumbita - Romania

Maciej Wierzbicki - Poland

Miroslaw Hajnos - Poland

Samir Bërlajolli - Kosova

Nekra - Kosova

Thanks to Nekra for sending us this very nice catalogue!

Learn more: (contact:
The year 2008 in photographs
Kosova 2006
Kosova 2007 Cartoon Festival 2007 cartoonbook file:

Saturday, December 20, 2008

La Table - The Table

Most of us have a Christmas family feast and a Christmas dinner. If you aren't really a cook or a chef you can enjoy the cartoons in "La Table" (1985) one of these days.

La Table is a publication of HA, the French "Humoristes Associés": Avoine, Barbe, Blachon, Bridenne, Lacroix, Laville, Loup, Mordillo, Mose, Napo, Nicoulaud, Sabatier, Serre, Siné, Soulas, Trez. Preface by Jacques Bens and Menu by Pierre Troisgros.

The 'humoristes associés' HA!

You can try this menu I found in the book:

Amuse-gueule pour MORDILLO à l'apéritif
Flocons d'AVOINE en GRANGER à la BARBE de capucin
Filets de LOUP de LACROIX-Valmer
MOSE-aïque de légumes cal-SINE
Re-BLACHON fermier et BRIE-DENNE affiné
Reine de SABATIER aux fruits de SERRE
NAPO de son NICOULAUD de framboises.
Take a look in the kitchen! This poster is called 'Chaos in the kitchen'. Quite obvious.

Pour Santa Claus! (Roger Blachon)
and Maffia dinner (Sabatier)

The bill please! (by Soulas)
Learn more:
A copy of this book on an eBay -auction (end Déc 25!)

La Table - cartoonbook file:

Friday, December 19, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Humoro Sapiens by Diego Herrera alias Yayo

Last week Jean-Marie informed me about Humoro Sapiens, the new cartoon book by the Canadian cartoonist Yayo (born 1961).
Yayo, also known as Diego Herrera, is a Colombian-born cartoonist and humor illustrator, residing in Montreal. His work is published in magazines, newspapers, and children’s books in Canada and the U.S.

Jean-Marie describes the book as follows:
A great blend of poetry and surrealism in life that offers top quality humor.
I agree and I'm pleased once again to know another excellent cartoonist.

Humoro Sapiens will be available in France through Seuil in February 2009. The book costs 14 euros.
Here's is small selection of cartoons in Humoro Sapiens. Other cartoons "the best of Yayo" are on the site of l'Actualité.

This is a list of Yayo's cartoon books:
  • Diego Herrera. Humor Grafico, Centro Colombo Americano, Bogotá, 1989
  • Le carton de Yayo, Éditions du Phylactère, Montréal, 1990
  • Zoo-illogique , Éditions du Phylactère, Montréal ,1991
  • Rêverire, Zone Convective, [Québec] , 1996
  • Humoro Sapiens, Les 400 Coups, Montréal, 2008
You can read a recent interview with Yayo on Talleen Hacikyan's blog.
Thanks to Yayo for his kind permission and Jean-Marie for providing the data.

Learn more:
Yayo biography and bibliograhy
Yayo makes us smile: interview with Yayo
Book review (French)
Yayo exposition

Humoro Sapiens cartoonbook file:

Sunday, December 7, 2008

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Portfoolio - The Best Canadian Editorial Cartoons

Terrorist attacks, suicide bombers, terror, politics, environment, global warming... this is the working terrain of the editorial cartoonists.
An editorial cartoon, also known as a political cartoon, is an illustration or comic strip containing a political or social message, that usually relates to current events or personalities.
I once read that for all practical purposes, editoral cartoonists can be grouped in two categories: the ideologues (whether of the right or the left) and the agnostics. The former are generally more persuasive, but the latter are usually funnier and often tellingly accurate.

A nice collection of editorial cartoons is in the Canadian Portfoolio books. 22 books were published since 1985, the last one in 2006: Portfolio 22. The book is edited with text by Guy Badeaux (from whom I received the book). At the end of the book, there are biographies of the cartoonists in the book. One of my favourite cartoonists in the book is Michael de Adder.

A look inside the book:

Back cover, with the names of the
seleced cartoonists on the left:

And another two examples of Canadian editorial talent:

Learn more:
Portfoolio - The year's best editorial cartoons in Canada
Canadian Cartoonists directory
Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists blog
Guy Badeaux - editor
Michael de Adder personal website

Portfoolio Cartoonbook file

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mickey Mouse at 80 - Brez Besed

This month, Mickey Mouse celebrated his 80th birthday. In the catalogue of the II. Mednarodni Bienale (Ljubljana, 1971) I found a Mickey Mouse cartoon, drawn by no one less than the great Ronald Searle. I think this cartoon is even more topical today than in 1971. "Brez Besed" is Slovenian and it means "without words" or "without comment". This picture isn't mentioned in Around the world in 80 Mickey Mice by The Guardian. Thus, I present the cartoon to you:

Mickey Mouse by Ronald Searle ... Brez besed

The 1971 organizing committee, under the patronage of the former President of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia, wrote:
"We are meeting again in order to tell one another - without words, but with some laughing and a bit of moist in the eyes - a thousand stories. The cartoon has virtually no limitations, and a tiny bit of its freedom is caught in our present Biennale...
... It is not rewarding to heap up words about an exhibition WITH NO COMMENT. Let it be so that the words will be searched for and found by those who will visit the Biennale and, we hope, say: "It was pleasant to keep silent with them."

Catalogue cover (1971)

Browsing through this catalogue with excellent cartoons, I recognized the work of some other great cartoonists:

Miroslav Bartak, Czech Republic:

Oto Reisinger ,Slovenia:

and many other gag cartoons...

Learn more:
Around the world in 80 Mickey Mice (the Guardian)
Brez Besed cartoonbook file

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Time to surf. My favourite cartoonblogs. And yours?

(updated 5 Nov 2011)

Here are my personal favourites and other blogs that may be interesting for the cartoon lover.
If you know other interesting cartoon-related blogs or if you want to promote your cartoon blog, you can leave a link in the comment part of this article. Please write some information about the link.
I'll try to regularly update this article with other links and put a link to this article in the sidebar.
If you link to the blog of ECC Cartoonbooksclub, of course I'll link to your cartoon site or blog!

Cartoon newsletters : selection of best free cartoon newsletters

Mike Lynch Cartoons (USA, Mike Lynch)
Mike Lynch is a magazine cartoonist nd the National Cartoonists Society Representative.
Mike has a cartoon book collection and publishes daily on his blog. He's very kind and always willing to give an answer on a comment or question...
You'll find regurarly (vintage) cartoon book reviews on his blog. Most articles concern caption gag cartoons. Mike has 3 cats I believe, my family too...

Caricaturque (Turkey,Kemal Ozyurt)

Reference blog. News about caricaturists, cartoonists, catalogs, competitions, exhibitions, magazines, museums, news, websites & blogs

Drawn (Canada)
is a multi-author blog devoted to illustration, art, cartooning and drawing. Its purpose is to inspire creativity by sharing links and resources. Albert Einstein said, “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources,” but what the hell did he know anyway?

Humour Art (Korea,Oh Young-Sik)
Blog by Young-Sik Oh, president general of Humour Art Korea. I can't read Korean, I'll have to do it with the pictures and Google Translate.

Humorgrafe (Portugal, Osvaldo Macedo de Sousa )

Um Blog de Informação sobre Humor e Caricatura. Cartoon's news

Illustration Art (David Apatoff)
David Apatoff really likes great pictures. Celebrating great art in humble places: the glorious talents of the artists who illustrated stories, advertisements and comics in the 20th century.

Caricaturi Dum Dum (Romania, Paul Stoica)
Romanian cartoon news.

Other... (alphabetical)

Ben Heine Art - The Blog
(Belgium, Ben Heine)
Ben Heine is a young Belgian cartoonist and journalist, studied Art and Communication. On his blog you'll find cartoons, caricatures, potraits, poems, articles, photos, political art.

Bodard Caricatures
(France, Bodard Christophe, caricature)
Great caricatures! Just take a look...

Christian Jacot -(Belgium)
Christian Jacot, known as 'JACRI', was born 'with a pencil in his hand'. His disciplines range through comic strips, advertising, caricature illustrations and painting to establish his reputation as a cartoonist.

Cartunion (USA/Minnesota, Andrey Feldshteyn)
International Cartoonists' Club - Cartoon forum

(Belgium, Griet Blockx, gag cartoons)
Young Belgian cartoon talent...

Jan Op De Beeck
(Belgium, Jan Op de Beeck, caricature)

Sketching is fun! Jan is a world-top caricaturist. Enjoy some of his works.

Jean Barbaud Cartoons
(France, Jean Barbaud)

Comics and airoplanes...

HeadsOnBoard in Joyville
(Spain, Gabriel Corbera)

About vintage cartoon books, comics

Klaas Op de Beéck (°1990) is a young caricaturist who loved to draw since he was a kid. In his father’s side of the family all familymembers are busy with art.

Nollet cartoons & creatie (Belgium, André Nollet, text cartoons, press cartoon)
André Nollet is a belgian cartoonist. He's a member of the ECC team in Kruishoutem.

S. Krüger - News and Events
(Germany, Sebastian Krüger, caricature, portraits)
'The Official' Sebastian Krüger Blog. (USA, Mark Doeffinger, cartoons)
cartoons created with an original point of view

The MAD Blog (USA, Tom Richmond, caricature/comics)
The blog of cartoonist and humorous illustrator Tom Richmond .

Toonzel - Avisek Cartoons (West-Bengal, India, Avisek Chowdhury)
Avisek is a part time cartoonist an shows a collection of his work.

Trianacartoons (Columbia, Camillo Andres Triana Cubillos, caricatures/graphic humor)
Illustrations, cartoons and caricatures ...

And other links...

Ferrom Cartoons (Costa Rika, Ferreol Murillo Fuentes)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

World War 1 in Cartoons by cartoon historian Mark Bryant

World War I in Cartoons (UK,2006) by dr Mark Bryant:

Front cover: Kaiser WilhemII (1915)

In a previous article I wrote I found this book on a WWI book fair in Passchendaele.
This book by cartoon historian dr Mark Bryant deserves a prominent place on the bookshelf ,not only of the people interested in the Great War, but also of the cartoon collector because of its historical value and interesting point of view to approach history through the eyes of cartoonists and illustrators.
In the book are many cartoons of Bruce Bairnsfather, a cartoonist I didn't knew before (shame on me!). Visit the Bruce Bairnsfather site and you'll be convinced of his great talent.

"Well if you knows of a better 'ole, go to it!" (1915)
by Bruce Bairnsfather, one of the most famous cartoons
of the Great War

This is the book's summary I've read on the dust jacket:

In an age before TV and radio - and long before the coming of the internet and personal computers - the impact of cartoons and caricature was considerable,especially when the only sources of information and commentary were silent cinema newsreels, posters, newspapers and books - all largely black-and-white. So, not surprisingly, the Great War of 1914-1918 proved an extraordinarily fertile time for artists working in this field.To a news-hungry public, anxious about world affairs, it was the cartoon, with its immediacy and universal accessiblility -even to the barely literate- that could speak the message mere words could never convey. And in times of stress it is laughter that is often the best medicine

When Zeppelins blackened the sky,U-boats challenged the Royal Navy's supremacy at sea, and huge 'Big Bertha' guns shelled the muddy fields of Flanders, it was the antics of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather's immortal 'Old Bill' and the drawings of H.M. Bateman, Bert Thomas and others that kept up Britan's spirits and reassured the troops that all was well back home in dear old 'Blightly'. And who could take Kaiser Bill, Admiral Von Tirpitz, the Red Baron and all the mighty goose-stepping Prussians at all seriously when Allied cartoonists cocked a snook at all they held dear? The pages of Punch and its rivals in Britain, Europe, Russia, Japan and the USA made certain that, whatever was happening militarily, their reader's laughter guaranteed that is was never quiet for long on the Western Front.

The Central Powers also had a wealth of talent labouring to counteract the Allies' propaganda machine and prewar satirical journals such as Simplicissimus in Germany, ass well as others in Turkey, Bulgaria and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, rose to the challenge.
But cartoons of this, or any other period, are not necessarily lighthearted and the Great War gave rise to many vicious and hate-filled drawing on both sides - indeed the gruesome anti-German cartoons by Louis Raemaekers were even deemed powerful enough to call Holland's neutrality into question.

World War I in Cartoons is divided into chapters covering the war year-by-year, each chapter prefaced with a concise introduction thad provides a historical framework for the cartoons of that year. Altogether more than 300 drawings from both sides of the conflict, in colour and black-and-white, have been skilfully blended to produce a unique visual history of the great war.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

11th November, Armistice Day Passchendaele... the cartoon link

Passchendaele is only 15 km away from where I live. On Armistice Day last Tuesday I had a short visit to Tyne Cot Cemetary.

In Flanders fields...

Every time I visit this place, it gives me a captivating experience. "Where have all the flowers gone?" sang Pete Seger in 1961... "Where have all the soldiers gone", "where have all the graveyards gone..."... when will we ever learn...

After this visit I headed toward the WWI Book Fair in 'Passchendaele', only 2 km further, where hundreds of books of The Great War were exhibited.
Between all this books my eye fell on "World War I in cartoons" by cartoon historian Mark Bryant.

A cartoon book amongst all this serious war books? Yes, but this is a 'serious' cartoon book. It is a direct and truly authoritative history of the Great War, thoroughly researched and attractively presented. In a next article I will describe this magnificent book.

This is where the book fair was located...

Entry of the the fair...
this way please

Lots of military books...

At this book stall of "Tommies Guides -
The military book specialists" I discovered WW1 in Cartoons