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