Friday, July 30, 2010

Cartoon Exhibition traces the history of Europe - C'est la fôte à Bruxelles

Info by JMB  Paris/Brussels

Jean-Marie sent us some information about the exhibition and the catalogue. He helped providing cartoons for this exhibition (kind as he is).

Note that the exhibition "C'est la fôte à Bruxelles" , which is held - from July 1 to Oct. 6 - at the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles in Paris * (127-129 Rue Saint-Martin), will be presented later in Brussels. It was conducted because of the Belgian Presidency of the European Union.
The exhibition traces the history of the European Union through cartoons.
On display are over 160 cartoons about the history of Europe (that of the current six to 27 countries).

* Expo open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 19 pm Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 19 pm

Learn more:

Friday, July 23, 2010

Waterloo, Napoleon, Folon, a bike and cartoon books

Waterloo - the lion

When I'm on holiday I like cycling and I prefer to combine this with a touch of culture. If I can gain some inspiration for a blog article with a link to some cartoon books, then surely my trip is a success.

way to the Foundation Folon
I cycled last in the region of the Waterloo battlefield (south of Brussels) and on my route was the Folon Foundation, located in the magnificent park of La Hulpe.

Fondation Folon - entrance

The first time I heard of Folon was by seeing some cartoons of him (subject: the Belgian world exhibition in 1958) in an old cartoon book (Diogenes, 1960). In fact Folon is not known as a cartoonist (Some of his drawings were on the cover of The New Yorker, Time Magazine, etc) , but as an illustrator and artist. Some of his illustrations however make me think at cartoon art of some east european cartoonists.

Cartoon 60 - with cartoon work by Folon, Loriot, Bosc,
Chaval, Sempé, Catrinus, Flora, Ungerer, etc....

Quite rare: Folon cartoons - Atomium Brussels

I was eager to learn more about him.
The visit to the Fondation Folon was very nice and I would recommend it to all art lovers.

And for the Napoleon cartoon lovers, I present some cartoons out of the book "International Cartoon Contest - a part of the project Autsterlitz 2005 - Czech Republic". The Catagory A constest had Napoleon as theme.

cover: cartoon by Strzelczyk Daniel, Poland

Pietrzik Zbigniew (Byjo) , Poland

Ayres Junqueira Erico, Brasil

Kazanevsky Vladimir, Ukraine

3rd Prize, Bouton Bernard, France

Learn more:
Folon Art (Google Images)

Fondation (recommended!)
Folon Biography (English) and some art

For the Napoleon part:
Battle of Waterloo

Cartoonbook files:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Barberousse (1920-2010)

Jean-Marie let me know the French cartoonist Barberousse died at the age of 90.

Read the article in "Le Figaro".

The first two albums of Barbarousse have been published in Belgium in 1964:
- "Le chat et la souris" (The cat and the mouse), Dupuis, the No. 11 of the collection Gag de Poche
- "En suivant de crayon de Barberousse" (following the pencil of Barberousse), Casterman.

The only foray into politics are his illustrations for the book by Jean Amadou: "7 ans, c'est tentant'" (7 years is tempting!), Published at the time of the 1981 French presidential elections.

Learn more:
Bio + interview on

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Playboy cartoons - Phil Interlandi (1924-2002)

Yes, as you well might know, Playboy magazine is read for its articles and cartoons ;-) ! One of the famous American Playboy cartoonists was Phil Interlandi.
Interlandi said once: "The cartoonist is a writer-director-producer, all in one. He writes the script, casts the parts, designs the sets and costumes, plans the camera angles. it's capsule theater, a one-frame movie."

and "Another thing about Playboy is that is gives cartoons the emphasis they deserve. Before Playboy, cartoons had been mostly relegated to the back pages of magazine, just little postage-stamps-size fillers. Playboy gives them prominence- size, space, color."

"Playboy’s Phil Interlandi",(Playboy Press Chicago,1971) is a collection of the best of PLAYBOY cartoons - all of them by Phil Interlandi.

Seeing the Playboy album above,  Jean-Marie sent me this additional info (merci Jean-Marie):

Phil Interlandi wasn't only a naughty cartoonist for Playboy. Living in Laguna Beach (California), he published in The Laguna Beach Post, during the years 50-60, a long series of cartoons under the general title "Lagunagrins", depicting the life of this popular resort. It was there that he made work as an excellent humorist, but also as a fine sociologist.
Two collections of his drawings there, were published in paperback, one in 1955 (self-published) and one in 1961 (published by his newspaper).
At that time, Phil Interlandi's was also published in: Look, True, Better Homes & Gardens, This Week, Saturday Evening Post, Ladies's Home Journal, Esquire, Suburbia Today, McCall's, Parade, Mad, Hilton Carte Blanche, Maclean's.

Learn more:
More funny erotic cartoons on our blog.

from ASIFA - Hollywood Animation Archive
A brief history of Phil Interlandi by his daughter Carla Interlandi Armstrong (+cartoons)
Bio and Career outline

Also visit: 

Heath Robinson Museum in London

Jean-Marie informed me about the new Heath Robinson Museum, unveiled in a renovated war memorial house, West House, in London. The William Heath Robinson Trust has donated more than 500 original drawings and paintings to the house, which will hang in rotation.

Read more + links:

Read the full article (Harrow Times)
Heath Robinson and West House
The WHR Trust

The Cartoon World of William Heath Robinson (earlier on this blog)