Thursday, June 28, 2012

Anti-war cartoons and a visit to In Flanders Fields

The In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres (Belgium)  reopened its doors on 11 June 2012. The ECC prepares an exhibition on WWI and war cartoons in 2014, so my visit to the museum last monday was an excellent start to feel the atmosphere of war and all the horrible things that brings along a war.

War horse...
I climbed the bell tower and had a superb
view over the region

Yes, I have an eye for caricatures. This one is exhibited
in the museum.

and this object too.

"The City of Peace Ypres and the In Flanders Fields Museum conserve the link with the war past. Because it is important for those who want to speak about peace and war today."

If there is one cartoon book, that shares this noble aim, it's "The Great Anti-War Cartoons" by Yoe Craig (Fantagraphics Books, USA, 2009, ISBN 978-1-60699-150-3).

"A collection of stunning artwork spanning the centuries and the globe, from titans of the art and cartooning world. Together, these cartoons provide a powerful testament to the old adage "The pen is mightier than the sword."
For centuries, cartoonists have used their pens to fight a war against war, translating images of violent conflict into symbols of protest. Noted comics historian Craig Yoe brings the greatest of these artists together in one place, presenting the ultimate collection of anti-war cartoons. Together, these cartoons provide a powerful testament to the old adage, “The pen is mightier than the sword,” and remind us that so often in the last couple of centuries, it was the editorial cartoonist who could say the things his fellow newspapermen and women only dreamed of, enlightening and rallying a nation against unjust aggression.
Readers of The Great Anti-War Cartoons will find stunning artwork in a variety of media and forms (pen-and-ink, wash, watercolor, woodcut — single images and sequential comic strips) from the hands of Francisco Goya to Art Young, from Robert Minor to Ron Cobb, and from Honoré Daumier to Robert Crumb, as well as page after page of provocative images from such titans as James Montgomery Flagg, C.D. Batchelor, Edmund Sullivan, Boardman Robinson, William Gropper, Maurice Becker, George Grosz, Gerald Scarfe, Bill Mauldin, Art Spiegelman and many more (see below for a complete list of contributors). The book also includes an Introduction by 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus and a Foreword by Library of Congress curator Sara W. Duke.
This book is neither ideological nor parochial: The cartoons range across the political spectrum from staunch conservative flag-wavers to radicals and hippies, and span two centuries and the entire globe (Australia, Russia, Poland, France...). But their message remains timeless and universal.
16 color and 96 black-and-white illustrations" (source: )


Learn more:
In Flanders Fields Museum
The Great Anti-War Cartoons - reviews on Fantagraphics Books (with PDF-excerpt)
Yoe Craig - pre publishing info (with some pics)

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