Sunday, July 1, 2018

In memoriam Louis Vuitton

Article by JMB

The French designer Louis Vuitton died on June 21st.
This is his real name and he has no family relationship with the creator of the famous luxury brand.

Louis Vuitton was 87 years old. He graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Lyon in 1954 and produced commercials, models, postcards and published in the press (France-Dimanche, Télé 7 jours, Vermot Almanac, Gros Nez Magazine, Une minute de Silence ...). He was familiar with many exhibitions and festivals and was twice awarded at St-Just le Martel: Public Prize in 1998 and Anti-junk food prize in 2003.

He has illustrated children's stories at Editions de St Mont and has self-published five books:

Les recettes du touille-fricasse (The recipes of the tortoise-fricasse) in 1994.  64 pages in format 15 x 21 cm, in texts and drawings illustrating improbable cooking preparations as crazy as humorous.

Y a rien à dire (1997) , Y a rien à lire (1999) and Soyez bref ! (2002) (Nothing to say- Nothing to read -  Be brief!): Collections of 60 speechless humor drawings in 14.5 x 14.5 cm format

-  Monstres et handicapés de la Mythologie  (Monsters and the disabled of Mythology) in 2008: a sum of smiling erudition in 72 pages in A4 format.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

More Tie Cartoons...

Having read my sentence "It's the only tie book cartoon I know of ..." in a previous article, Jean-Marie was so kind to mention another cartoon book on this theme. It is a portfolio of about forty boards in 21 x 34 cm format, published by Enoteca Italiana.

Year after year this wine association organized a commercial event entitled "Week of Wines" which also presented an exhibition of cartoons related to wine associated with a theme, each time different (gastronomy, theater, discovery of America, art, cinema, the Middle Ages, love, ecology, music ...) which gave rise to the publication of a beautiful portfolio of these works.

The portfolio on the theme of elegance, created for the 25th edition, is dedicated to ties. It has the peculiarity of presenting on the cover folds giving it the appearance of a jacket under which is a shirt with tie coming out of the collar.

Related article:
Tie cartoons by Angelo Companer

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

God Save The Football

For those who still have time to watch some cartoons during the 2018 World Cup, I present this small book published in 1996. Not for the World Cup, but for the European Championship that took place in England this year.
Containing football cartoons of course.

I contains about 66 football cartoons drawn by Giovanni Sorcinelli  alias GIOX(Italy).

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Tie cartoons by Angelo Campaner

Cartoon books can deal with many topics. In this little book, only 24 pages and 24 cartoons, you can see tie cartoons. The book was published in 1999 and is titled: "Cravattironia"

It's the only tie cartoon book I know of...

Angelo Campaner (Italy) won the cover award of the Eurokartoenale 2013 of the ECC.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Zum Lachen und Zum Heulen (Chaval) - To laugh and howl

"Zum Lachen und zum Heulen" contains 400 of the best cartoons of the french cartoonist Chaval (Yvan Francis Le Louarn). It was published in 1969 by Diogenes Verlag AG Zürich (344 pages).

On the inside of the dust cover, there are some words about Chaval, written by German newspapers of that time. Here's a translation from German.

Tagesspiegel, Berlin
"Der ungekrönte König der Pariser Karikaturisten."

The uncrowned king of Parisian cartoonists.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung
"Chaval is ein Meister der gezeichneten Situationskomik, einer Komik, die um so köstlicher ist, je weniger man sie literarisch erzählen kann. Man lacht durch das Auge, nicht durch den Intellekt."

Chaval is a master of drawn situational humor, that is all the more delicious the less one can tell it literarily, one laughs through the eye, not through the intellect.

Der Spiegel, Hamburg
Ein Buster Keaton der Kartikatur
A Buster Keaton of the cartoon

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Er hat den anderen Grossen des französischen Humors eines voraus: er vermochte über den Anlass hinaus Symbole zu schaffen. Es gibt Zeichnungen von ihm, deren Betrachtung zu Meditationen anregt. Sie scheinen ganze Bücher voll tiefgründiger Auseinandersetzungen mit der Malaise des Lebens zu ersetzen.

He has one thing in store for the other great French humor: he was able to create symbols beyond the occasion. There are drawings by him that inspire meditation. They seem to replace whole books of profound arguments with the malaise of life.

Die Zeit, Hamburg
Chaval gehört ohne Zweifel zu den bedeutendsten Karikaturisten der Gegenwart.

Chaval is undoubtedly one of the most important caricaturists of the present day.

Die Presse, Wien
Chaval ist ein Klassiker under den Cartoonisten.

Chaval is a classic amongst the cartoonists.

Frankfurter Neue Presse
Chaval: er ist der König. Er hat die verrücktesten Einfälle alles Pariser Karikaturisten; das will etwas heissen. Kein überflussiger Strich auf seinen Bildern, kein Ornament. Es ist eine Landschaft des reinen, bizarren Humors.

Chaval: he is the king. He has the craziest ideas of all Parisian cartoonists; that means something. No superfluous line in his pictures, no ornament. It is a landscape of pure, bizarre humor.

Süddeutsche Zeitung, München
Wie Voltaire scheint Chaval lachen zu können und das Vermögen zu besitzen, andere lachen zu machen . Darin besteht, um mit dem grossen Fransozen zu sprechen, seine ganze Genialität.

Like Voltaire, Chaval seems to be laughing and having the ability to make others laugh. In this, speaking like the great French, his whole genius consists.

Learn more:
More about Chaval

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chaval - L'Animalier and L'Homme

These two pocket editions of cartoons by the great French cartoonistChaval (Yvan Francis Le Louarn, 1915-1968)were published in  1970 by Editions Albin Michel.

Both books need repairing because many pages came loose from the book spine. This is typical for cheap books of that periode as I experienced many times.

About an animalier, Wikipedia tells us:
"An animalier is an artist, mainly from the 19th century, who specializes in, or is known for, skill in the realistic portrayal of animals. "Animal painter" is the more general term for earlier artists. Although the work may be in any genre or format, the term is most often applied to sculptors and painters.

Animalier as a collective plural noun, or animalier bronzes, is also a term in antiques for small-scale sculptures of animals, of which large numbers were produced, often mass-produced, primarily in 19th-century France and to a lesser extent elsewhere in continental Europe."

For us, as for Chaval,  L'animalier is a collection of cartoons based on interaction between humans and animals.

L'Homme means "the man". It is also a  French anthropological journal established in 1961.


Learn more:
French Wikipedia about Chaval
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux: Chaval , humour libre )