Sunday, April 21, 2013

Vriend over Vijand - De Grote Oorlog in spotprenten by Paul Vandamme / Friend on Foe -The Great War in cartoons

Last Thursday I attended the presentation of Paul Vandamme's newest book 'Vriend over Vijand'  - De Grote Oorlog in Spotprenten (Lannoo, Belgium,  ISBN 978-94-014-0695-6, 40 eur)  . Title translation: Friend on Foe - The Great War in cartoons).  He couldn't choose a better place: the In Flanders Fields museum in Ypres. On the occasion of the publication of the  book by Uitgeverij Lannoo, a number of cartoons from the collection of the author and the IFFM are exhibited.
In the large cabinet the museum displays a number of original two- and three-dimensional caricatures, in the corridor hang eight large reproductions of famous caricatures.

Paul Vandamme is a belgian historian, history teacher and passionate collector of historic cartoons. In only a few years time he collected an impressive amount of WWI cartoon and caricature books, drawings, magazines and postcards from all over the world. In the book, a  reference work, about 400 historic cartoons tell and illustrate the history of WWI. The army of WWI cartoonists, armed with pencil and paper,  fought their battle to influence, to inform, to satirize, to boost morale... Magazines such as Simplicissimus (Germany), La Baïonnette (France), Punch (GB), Die Muskete (Austria), etc. published thousands of cartoons.

I've started reading the book, and I must say this an outstanding reference work. In about 10 chapters and 200 topics, the author tells the story of The Great War, starting in 1870 with the French-Prussian war and ending with the Pact of Locarno (1925). The drawings that  illustrate each topic have been selected with great care and fit perfect in the topic's context.  One notices that the author has spent lots of time in research. The author also explains the drawings in a comprehensive way. One of the most difficult things when I look at historic caricatures or cartoons, is trying to understand the drawings and their meaning. The author has done a good job and gives the reader a good insight in the different topics and cartoons.

Paul  was so kind to send us an English translation of some pages.  An English
translation of the book isn't available yet.
The book is available in Dutch and let's hope there will follow an English translation.

Maarten Vansteenberghe, publisher general non-fiction, Lannoo

Paul Vandamme signing the book I just bought...
many people attending the publication
one of the large reproductions hanging in the IFF corridor
Learn more:
Uitgeverij Lannoo
Standaard Boekhandel

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Utopia by Michael Kountouris and Vampir by Vangelis Pavlidis

I remember the excellent exhibition "Rhodoscartoons" that took place in the ECC form July till September 2012. The cartoons by Michael Kountouris and Vangelis Pavlidis were great to look at.
We were informed by Cartoon Ark that the cartoonists published 2 new books:

First, there is "VAMPIR", by Vangelis Pavlidis:

"...Your ironical look on the joys of everyday life and the misfortunes in the vampires’ society rewarded us with true delight and high spirits.
The subject matter allows a number of creative interpretations with this predatory `species’ – fortunately, the brainchild of human superstition..."

€15.00 EUR
72 pages full illustrated with drawings by Vangelis Pavlidis.
ISBN 978-960-973-403-5
Size 26x19
Second, there's "UTOPIA" by  Michael Kountouris

"The book contains various sketches that are inspired by the public profile of the European Union and its progress, mainly through the last years.

The sketches have been published at “Efimerida ton Syntakton” and other newspapers. They have also been republished by great international news agencies (CagleCartoons and Courrier International) and they have been awarded during the International Biennale EUROHUMOR 2003 (Italy) and the WorldPress Cartoon 2013 (Portugal)."

€12.00 EUR
64 pages full illustrated book with political cartoons, about the "Future of Europe", by Michael Kountouris.
ISBN 978-960-973-400-4
Size 23x21 cm

Learn more:
Cartoon Ark
Utopia book presentation

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

David Pugliese CARICATURAS

Caricaturist David Pugliese released his brand new book "David Pugliese CARICATURAS",a book that compiles over 10 years of his work as a caricaturist.
Designed by his wife Jesica Cichero, it was conceived as a gallery-book and has 144 pages in full color, with texts both in english and spanish.

Great personalities such as Socrates, Elvis, Nikola Tesla, San Martin, Amy Winehouse and Berlusconi, all live together in this collection.
The book has been published in Greece by Cartoon Ark, an online store that brings great artists of humor and illustration.

It can be purchased via internet at:

If you want to take a look, you can see some photos here:

Hope you enjoy it!
Thanks David for letting us know about this relaese and keep on making great caricaturenç

David Pugliese 

Elvis by David Pugliese

David Pugliese

€21.00 EUR

144 pages full illustrated with caricatures by David Pugliese.
ISBN 978-960-973-404-2

Size 21x29 cm

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