Monday, October 29, 2012

Le XXème siècle en 2000 dessins de presse

600 pages, 4,5 Kg, 175 cartoonists :   a brand new French editioral cartoon anthology is available,  and with 12 Bosc cartoons in it. (includes cartoons by  Dubout, Sempé, Reiser ,Cabrol, Moisan ,Faizant, Bosc, Cabu, Serre, Pètillon, Wolinski,Tim, etc, etc. ....)
Thanks Alain for letting us know.

"L'Anthologie sans équivalent du Dessin de Presse publiée chez "Arènes Editions" le 18 octobre 2012." (69 euro)

Watch diaporama

Learn more:
Bosc in Le XXe Siècle  on Bosc site (French)
Review (French)
Review on Bado's blog

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween 2012

Halloween always makes my think of Chas Addams and his Addams Family. Here's another Addams book: My Crowd (Tom Stacey LTD, London, 1971, second and enlarged ed. Hardcover, cloth, dustwrapper.) This cartoon book contains 192 drawings. I found this short review (a review of the edition published in 1991): "My Crowd is back by popular demand, just in time for the 20th aniversary of its first publication.With the most popular cartoons from his first six books, this cadaverous collection contains a wonderful assortment of goblins, ghosts, and gremlins, along with Addams' own famous "family" of characters that have made his name a household word."

Lear more:
More Chas Addams on ECC Cartoonsbooks Club blog

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Homo Sapiens Cartoons by Bosc

A few weeks ago I found this little book by the great French cartoonist Jean-Maurice BOSC (1924-1973), one of my favourite cartoonists.  The book was published probably in 1960, but the cartoons still are funny after more than 50 years.

There was not only a Dutch edition, but the book was published in Germany (1957), Italy (1957) , and Sweden (1960).

Learn more about BOSC:
Bosc official site
More Bosc on our blog

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Karl Meersman and craftsmanship

Last week I attended a lecture by Karl Meersman in my home town Wevelgem. It was a very interesting evening  not only to meet with Karl, but also to listen to a passionate artist. Karl told about his work, his ideas, his style and his technique. Karl has much  respect for craftsman and craftsmanship.   A craftsman is an artist skilled in the techniques of an art or craft.
Karl learned his skills, e.g. his fine watercolor (aquarelle) technique,  from different old masters and academy teachers whom unfortunately all are dead now. You hardly can learn this techniques at present  because there are or no masters  left  who can teach these unique techniques.

Karl's art is made the old fashioned way, i.e. without using computers and Photoshop. All his drawings are unique pieces. As a real craftsman Karl is proud to present the public drawings of the highest quality. For that reason Karl wants to show only original drawings in his exhibitions. By doing so the public can enjoy the works the best way and discover the finest details. Colors and lines of original drawings are pure and not deformed as you can expect of prints or scans of the original.

I agree with the tendency that craftsmanship, pure products, honest products, products with character made with love,  are more and more appreciated in our modern computerized world.

Karl's work and humor fits perfect in this framework!

The most recent book with Karl's work is the exhibition catalogue Ave Eva (Roularta Books, ISBN 9789086794331):

Since this week you can watch these videos Karl Meersman put online on YouTube. Interesting!

About the Ave Eva exhibtion (Gent, 2012):

TV Interview: Karl Meersman on Belgian television ( - 5/2/2012)

Learn more:
Report of the lecture by Jeroen
Karl Meersman on our Blog