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 )

Monday, January 15, 2018

RIP Avoine (1939 - 2017 )

Recently Jean-Marie mailed me the sad news that the great French cartoonist Avoine (Paul Audin) passed away 28 December. Once again, one of the famous Humouristes Associés disappeared.
Les Humouristes Associés , abbreviated HA!  is a collective of French cartoonists who published in self-publishing several collections of comic drawings in the 1980s.

Jean-Marie was so kind to send me information and cartoons to illustrate the nice humor of Avoine, so I could translate it into this article.

This first cartoon was published in the No. 1 of  A Suivre (To be followed) in February 1978, a magazine to which he collaborated until 1985:

Cover over his first album "Faites-moi rire, je pars dans quatre minutes" (Let me laugh, I'm leaving in four minutes). A self-published book distributed by "B Diffusion, undated, published in 1981. 96 pp. under hard cover:

 Hereunder 2 cartoons from this album:

Two drawings published in the anthology "Les traits du vin" published in 1996 by "Les Compagnons de la Ficelle" in Saint-Pourçain :

A drawing published in the album "La Fanfare" that he jointly made with Bridenne and Jy, two of his colleagues of the Humoristes Associés:

An advertising realization which unfortunately we do not know the date of publication:
(Dental ABC)

Picture by JMB (2006) showing, de left to right: Avoine, Bridenne, Barbe and Loup:

In the press, Avoine also collaborated on: Minute (his first press drawings in 1962), Paris-Match, Elle, Marie Claire, Marie-France, Le Nouvel Observateur, Gault et Millau, Le Nouvel Économiste, Libération, Lui, Lire, La Recherche, Pomme d’Api, Okapi, Le Point, L'Express, Réalités, Le Figaro, L’Expansion, Le Monde de la musique, Phosphore, Le Monde Dimanche, Vingt ans, L'Équipe magazine, Télérama, Siné Hebdo, Bakchich Hebdo.

He illustrated with 800 (!) drawings the 1979 edition of the Larousse dictionary.

Learn more:
Obituary in Le Figaro.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Chas Addams - The Groaning Board

Sometimes a book can be in excellent condition, except its dust jacket. This is the case with this nico book by Chas Addams (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1964)). Most of the cartoons in this book were published in The New Yorker between 1954 and 1963.  Almost half the way the book contains a portfolio of colored cartoons.

There is a nice dedication written in the book (I bought it in France) which I translate for you:

"for Drunette, as long as she does not eat her mother. February 1965."

Learn more:
Chas Addams

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Cartoon 58 - find the differences

Find the differences.
I just compared 2 editions of Cartoon 58, the best cartoons of 1957 published by Diogenes (Swiss edition, German) and Diogenes - De Bezige Bij (Dutch). Only a few differences.
This books smell, well,  like "old books". The books have cartoons by Bosc, Chaval, Searle, VIP, ...
111 pages of vintage cartoon fun.

Ronals Searle


Virgil Partch


Wednesday, November 15, 2017


 I found this little book accidentally a time ago. Konk, Laurent Fabre (born in Rennes, 1944) is a French editorial cartoonist (dessinateur de presse). The book was published in 1972, collection caliban, les éditions ouvrières. The cartoons in the book are without captions.

As you will read on Wikipedia, Konk is quite controversial and has been abandoned by the left and right press concerning issues of negationism. He draws about immigration, the political class, abortion and homosexuality...

I found this interview (in French) with Konk dated 1992 (

Learn more:
Konk on Wikipedia
Les Dessins de Konk (tribute website)