Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Le Vélo (The Bicycle) by Michel Bridenne

Within a few days I have my annual leave... time to practice another passion: cycling! Making some great rides and admire the countryside, discover nice roads and even make some climbs... GREAT!

I'm warming up looking into "Le Vélo" by Michel Bridenne (Glénat1997, ISBN2 7234 2303 4 ).
"Le Vélo" is a cartoon book with cycling cartoons about the Tour de France, cycling professionally as well as for leisure, mountain biking... fun with bikes so to speak.

I wish all our readers a pleasant holiday!

Learn more:
Michel Bridenne on ECC Cartoonbooks Club
Le vélo on BD net

Sunday, July 17, 2011

All about The Fab Four in 'Het kleine boek van de Beatles'

When I received the press release about this book, I was interested to learn more about it. Who isn't a Beatle fan? I asked Kelly, comics and graphic novel marketing manager of Standaard Uitgeverij if this book could interest our blog readers. She aswered affirmative.

Is it a cartoon book? Is it a caricature book? Is it a comic strip? ... NO! It's 'Het kleine boek van the Beatles' , the Dutch edition of 'Le Petit Livre des Beatles' by Hervé Bourhis. (do not confuse with 'The Little book of The Beatles'!)

"Het Kleine boek van The Beatles (Oog & Blik/De Bezige Bij,2011, ISBN 978 90 5492 322 0)  examines The 'Fab Four' from Liverpool  minutely.  With his sharp analysis Hervé Bourhis manages to surprise  even the biggest Beatles fanatic. He explores all facets of the group, the triumphs and successes, the innovation, but also the complications and the tragedy that fame brings. He traces John, Paul, George and Ringo from birth , shows us their development  to pop stars, and searches out the origin of their songs. " Also the solo cariers of the band members are illustrated.

Being used to laugh and smile watching cartoons and caricatures, browsing through this book is an experience of a different kind, even a very delightful experience. I experienced the book as a Beatles photo book, but  the photos are replaced with great drawings (most based on real photos), supplemented with nice comments and interesting Beatles facts. Bourhis even drew all covers of the Beatles disks in this book. This book is a must have for all Beatles fans. It's a fresh and original way to (re)discover the wonderful world of the greatest band ever.
Hervé Bourhis lives in Bordeaux (France) and works as an illustrator and cartoonist for several magazines. He has several titles to his name. Bourhis was awarded the Goscinny prize for best screenwriter in 2002 and the Prix Jacques Lob for his complete oeuvre in 2010.

Learn more:
Hervé Bourhis website

Preview of the French edition (ed Dargaud)
Das Kleine Beatles buch
Review on
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Rembrandt, Asterix and Obelix

The painting 'The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp' (1632) by the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) was and is a source of inspiration for many comic drawings and cartoons.

Last week I read an article about the historical facts and similarities in the comic books of Asterix where I found the Rembrandt-inspired scene. (scene from Asterix and theSoothsayer)

I searched in some cartoonbooks, and what I found, cartoons inspired by Rembrandt, you see below:

Henryk Berg (Germany) in the catalogue of the Cartoon Festival of Knokke-Heist 1981:

And Karl Meersman in VIPS TOO in 2010:

The Fact-finding committee (Fortis Bank crisis)

On the internet you can find other examples.
If you find a Rembrandt inspired cartoon in a cartoon book, let me know!

Saturday, July 2, 2011