Monday, December 20, 2010

When Do They Serve The Wine?

New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly informed us her new book of cartoons is out.

"When Do They Serve The Wine - The Folly, Flexibility and Fun of Being a Woman" is published by Chronicle Books. ISBN 9780811871167 
When Do They Serve the Wine? explores the evolution of women through their lives and crises (physical, emotional, sartorial).

You can learn more about it at the official Facebook page for the book .
Even better is the Whendotheyservethewine 'about lauching at ourselves, and more' weblog where you can enjoy  lots of cartoons and read about the theme of the book.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Professor Pi Cartoons

I just expanded my  'yellow' (1971)  Professor Pi cartoons, with the red and the blue volume (1978). I think there exists a green volume too. Time to present this little professor, created by the Dutch cartoonist Bob van den Born (born 1927, The Netherlands).

Jean-Marie sent me a picture of the green volume:

"On the 2nd of January 1955, the readers of the leading dutch daily 'Het Parool', made their acquaintance with the adventures of the highly learned Pi, a creation of Bob van den Born.
The little professor, who has his hands full dealing with his own absintmindedness, developes over the years into an ardent observer of an incraesingly absurd world.
In a society, aimed at the unbridled consumption, he masters the unintended use of machines and technoloy. No doors remain closed to the likeable inventor.
This book offers a unique chance to become acquanted with 'life in the highes circles'."

Learn more:
Bob van den Born at

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Catalogue Cartoons 2010 - 49th International Cartoon Festival Knokke-Heist

This week it was freezing cold in Belgium and far outside our little country.  I haven't presented the yearly catalogue of the cartoon festival in Knokke this year yet. It contains as always a top selection of top cartoons drawn by top cartoonists from all over the world. So here it is, last but not least...

Cartoon festival knokke 2010 - cover

With some appropriate 'freezing' cartoons out of the catalogue...

Cartoon festival knokke 2010 - back

Luc Vernimmen, Belgium 

Ren Jian, China

Xiau Qiang Hou, China

The catalogue (Davidsfonds Leuven, 2010, ISBN 978-90-5826-718-4) is still available and costs about 16 euro.

See all the Knokke-Heist catalogues.

Learn more:
Cartoons at the Belgian coast 2010
Knokke-Heist festival 2009
and some more articles on our blog mentioning the festival

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vips Too - Very Important Paintings by Karl Meersman (2010)

Karl Meersman is one of my favorite artists and if you look well at his drawings you'll know why. This is world class...
I adored his new book VIPS TOO.

Amy Winehouse by Karl
"VIPS TOO is the splendid successor to the first book 'Very Important Paintings'. With current affairs as his source of inspiration, Karl draws cartoons of the big names in society and reduces VIPs to common people. Karl relativizes the do's and don'ts in the vain world of film, music, entertainment and politics. VIPS TOO is a compilation of 100 brilliant cartoons which, through gentle satire and imagination, bring a contended smile to people's faces... Karl Meersman is the house cartoonist of Focus Knack an Trends Magazine."
(Roularta Books, Belgium,2010, ISBN 978 90 8679 358 7)

Opel Antwerp by Karl

Bart de Wever and Elio Di Rupo by Karl

Sarkozi, Merkel, Verhofstadt, Barosso, Van Rompuy... by Karl

Charles Darwin by Karl

Bono 50 by Karl

Valentine's Day by Karl

Woody Allen by Karl

You can see many other cartoons out of the book on the artist's website. This is a lovely  book to give away as a nice present...

Video: artist Karl Meersman (VIP exposition Ghent, 2008)

Learn more:
Very Important paintings (2007)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Annual Illustrators and Cartoonist show at Chris Beetles London

Just received The Bloghorn cartoon newsletter with this news:

"The annual Illustrators show opens at the Chris Beetles Gallery in St James’s, London, this weekend, and runs until January 8.
The Illustrators 2010 showcases many of Britain’s best loved and most respected illustrators and cartoonists from the past two centuries.
Contemporary cartooning is represented by Mike Williams, above, Jonathan Cusick, below, and Ed McLachlan, all members of the PCO, which runs the Bloghorn, alongside Peter Brookes of The Times and Matt of the Daily Telegraph.

Gandhi Warhol

The Grand Weekend Opening is November 20 and 21, 10am-5pm.
Other highlights include work by John Tenniel, old and new drawings by Ronald Searle, plus Quentin Blake, H. M. Bateman, David Levine, Arthur Rackham, William Heath Robinson, E. H. Shepard and Norman Thelwell, among many others. There are more than 60 cartoonists and illustrators in total.
A 288-page catalogue with more than 500 full-colour images and accompanying essays is available from the gallery for £20 + p&p (£4 UK, £7 Europe, £14 rest of the world)."

Learn more:
The Bloghorn
Cartoon newsletters

Friday, November 19, 2010

Larry on Larry: My Life in Cartoons

This book (Park Art 1994, ISBN: 978-0-94881786 0)  is a self portrait in words and pictures of the life and art of Britain's best loved cartoonist Terence 'Larry' Parkes (1927-2003).

Rodin's Vet cartoon by Larry

There are chapters as Larry at School, Larry on Holiday, Larry at Church, Larry on the Workers, etc...
I really like his cartoon parodies on art, such as his real funny Rodin cartoons.

Rodin's Roofing Contractor cartoon by Larry

Rodin's Hot Bath-Water cartoon by Larry

Rodin's Golfer cartoon by Larry
On the Official Larry website, you can download a few screen savers by Larry
"Commissioned by the Energy Efficiency Officeand carrying environmentally-friendly energy saving messages, the Screen Saver has delightful scenes of animated Larry humour."

Steve Bell on Larry:
"For single cartoons Larry has always been the tops because he gets his ideas across with a minimum of words and drawing, and because he has the most dreadpan sense of humour in the business."

Mark Bryant on Larry (obituary -
"Larry was once described by the former Punch editor Alan Coren as "the only great silent comedian still in business". For more than half a century his distinctive and instantly recognisable captionless cartoons brightened the pages of countless newspapers and magazines, both in Britain and overseas. Admired and respected by his contemporaries, he was also one of the most successful and original cartoonists of his generation."

Learn more about Larry:

Official Larry website
Larry at Wikipedia
Book review by the Cartoonists' Club of Great Britain
Order book - Park-Art Cartoon Books

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Armistice Day 2010 - Brushes and Bayonets : Cartoons, Sketches and Paintings of World War I

With her book 'Brushes and Bayonets' (Osprey UK, 2008) Lucinda Gosling pays tribute to the magnificent artists, cartoonists and painters who illustrated the Great War. The pictures were originally published in The Illustrated London News.

I bought this book in preparation of a WW1 cartoon exhibition in the ECC and it's a reference work, just as is Mark Bryant's WWI in Cartoons.

The book has its own website with reviews, links and even pictures of the book launch in the Cartoon Museum in London. To me this is a very good idea to present a book and  it makes the effort for me to present it to you far more easy.

This is what we read on the back of the book:

"It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but, during World War I, newspaper illustrations were worth even more, not only conveying the news to anxious families at home and soldiers in battle, but also entertaining and lifting the spirits of a nation at war.

Featuring work by some of the most well-known illustrators of the period fromW. Heath Robinson to Bruce Bairnsfather, this thematic collection of 250 WorldWar I magazine illustrations is published in association with The Illustrated London News (the British Harper's).

The illustrations included range from light-hearted strip cartoons and line drawings, to poignant sketches and dark and hard-hitting political satire. The images not only depict events as they happened, but reveal all the moods of a nation at war. Many are published here for the first time in 90 years, creating a unique, bittersweet portrayal of the Great War and a fascinating and very human, historical and artistic reference source."

Read more:
Brushes and Bayonets website
Armistice Day Passchendaele article
WWI in Cartoons by Mark Bryant

Bruce Bairnsfather
Louis Raemaekers

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The hit ratio of erotic cartoons

I noticed that one the most popular articles on this blog is the 'playboy cartoons' article about Phil Interlandi.
'playboy cartoons' gives 1.720.000 results in Google and I guess that's the reason for its popularity.

For those who love the erotic cartoon genre, I'll recommend to watch the YouTube video "Erotic Theater",  featured by the great cartoon site: It's a huge collection of erotic (some of you will call some cartoons 'pornographic') by one of the finest contemporary cartoonists Michael Zlatkovsky who had an exposition in the ECC last year.

Warning:  some cartoons in the video show "explicit adult material"!

Some screenshots:
(for more pics: )

Learn more:
Michael Zlatkovsky
More funny erotic cartoons on our blog

Monday, November 1, 2010

Dessin d'humour et contestation - Humorous drawing and dissidence

I recently found a copy of the French art magazine Opus International dated 1972. The 31/32 issue of the magazine (January 1972) contains an anthology of international 'dissident' cartoonists with examples of their 'dissident' work. Most of cartoonists in the magazine were or became very famous with their art. (Folon, Sempé, Serre, Gal, Searle, Ziraldo, EWK, etc.)


Learn more: Bosc in Opus International 31/32

Sunday, October 24, 2010

What's a cartoon? Cartoon genres part 1

As with other art forms, there are many different cartoon styles and types. In the first part of this article we take a look at the definition of a cartoon, in a second part, we will present an overview of most cartoon styles. Please mail us your suggestions or remarks  to

What's a cartoon? 

"The word cartoon has various meanings, based on several very different forms of visual art and illustration. The artists who draw cartoons are known as cartoonists.
The term has evolved over time. The original meaning was in fine art, where cartoon meant a preparatory drawing for a piece of art, such as a painting or tapestry. The modern meaning refers to both humorous illustrations in print and animated films. Even more recently, there are several contemporary meanings, including creative visual work for electronic media and animated digital media. When the word cartoon is applied to print media, it most often refers to a humorous single-panel drawing or gag cartoon, most of which have typeset captions rather than speech balloons. The word cartoon is sometimes used to refer to a comic strip,[1] and it can also refer to a humorous illustration for fiction or nonfiction published in newspapers and magazines."

Other definitions are: (source: google dictionary)

  • A simple drawing showing the features of its subjects in a humorously exaggerated way, esp. a satirical one in a newspaper or magazine
  • A comic strip
  • A simplified or exaggerated version or interpretation of something
    • this movie is a cartoon of rural life in America
    • Dolores becomes a cartoon housewife, reading glossy magazines in a bathrobe
  • A motion picture using animation techniques to photograph a sequence of drawings rather than real people or objects
  • A full-size drawing made by an artist as a preliminary design for a painting or other work of art.

  • A picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect
  • The art or style of such exaggerated representation
    • there are elements of caricature in the portrayal of the hero
  • A ludicrous or grotesque version of someone or something
    • he looked like a caricature of his normal self

What does cartoon and caricature mean for ECC Cartoonbooks Club? 

The 'core business' of our blog does not include comic strip or comics and animated cartoons nor books about these subjects. Other blogs and websites will inform you about this matter.

To keep it simple, this is what we understand under 'cartoon' and 'caricature':

  • cartoon
    A (simple) drawing showing the features of its subjects in a humorously (exaggerated) way.
    • caricature
  • A picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cartoon newsletters (for free)

One of the ways to stay informed about what lives in the cartoon world is to subscribe to some free cartoon related newsletters.

I have subscribed to the newsletters listed below. If you know of some other interesting qualitative cartoon newsletters, let me know.

ECC newsletter 

Editor: European Cartoon Center Kruishoutem, Belgium

Language(s): Dutch  (for English mailto:

Frequency: monthly (in Dutch), quarterly (in English)

Comment: various news, exhibtions, etc.

Subscribe link:

The Bloghorn 

Editor: Professional Cartoonist's Organisation (UK)

Language(s): English

Frequency: almost daily

Comment: discover talented cartoonists

Toonpool daily cartoon 

Editor: Toonpool (Germany)

Language(s): English

Frequency: daily

Glénat BD (comic strip, sometimes new cartoon books)

Editor: Glénat editor (France)

Language(s): French

Frequency: almost monthly

Comment: different newsletters available


Editor: Australian Cartoonist's Association

Language(s): English

Frequency: irregular

Comment: Australian cartoon news