Sunday, March 22, 2009

World Cartoon by Bayram Hajizadeh

In Azerbaijan beautiful cartoon books and catalogs are issued. Driving force is Bayram Hajizadeh, cartoonist and President of FECO Azerbaijan. In addition to beautiful and well-documented earlier editions of his hand, including "Our Centenary of cartoons", "Contemporary cartoon of Azerbaijan" and "The Development of Cartoon Genre in Azerbaijan", we received his most recent book "World Cartoon". (ISBN 978-995280006-7, 336 pages, 28.5 X21 cm, full color, language: Azeri / English). This book takes us on a journey into the world of cartoons of 43 countries. For every country, some cartoonists are prensented. Most cartoons of a country are preceded by a text in which a cartoonist, cartoon connoisseur or FECO President, gives us a look at the cartoon history of their country. For Belgium "Belçika" this is Rudy Gheysens. Leon de Borger, Tony Tasco, Philippe Bossens, Ludo Goderis, Luc Vernimmen, Dieter Bevers and Danny De Haes present their cartoons. A nice thing is that some people I know participated in the book. For example, Jean-Marie Bertin is spokesman for France "Fransa" with an illustration of cartoons including Rousso, Mofrey, Topor, Plantu, Serre and Roger "Blacon" (yes, as written in the book). At "Böyûk Britaniya" we find Ross Thomson, in "Italiya" Alessandro Gatto and "Polsa" including Bondarowicz and Marcin Pawel Kuczynsky. And Tavis Bettoli Lotten, coordinator of the Homer Davenport International Cartoon Contest in the U.S., writes that one of founding fathers of the U.S., Benjamin Franklin, was a cartoonist!
The author writes in his introduction "nowadays, contemporary cartooning must serve to the protection of peace and being a bridge of friendship relations and cooperation between peoples and cultures. We, cartoonists must contribute to this great work with our cartoon works."
Isn’t that a noble goal!

In short: a wonderful book with interesting historical cartoon information about a large number of countries.

Learn more:
Some more pics of the book
Cartoonbook file

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