Saturday, June 29, 2013

International Tourism Cartoons

As we all know Turkey is a country with many touristic assets. But the country also has many cartoon assets. An example is the International Tourism Cartoon Competition that started in 2009.
The objective of the competition is to examine tourism in all its various dimensions.

As many of our readers will go on holiday in a few weeks from now, here's is a nice cartoon selection out of the nice 2012 catalogue. Consider this cartoons before you leave on holiday!

Ahmet Aykanat - Turkey

Carlos Michel Fuentes - Spain

Luc Vernimmen - Belgium

Luc Vernimmen - Belgim

Mahmood Nazari - Iran

Marlene Pohle - Germany

Mehmet Zeber - Turkey

Mohsen Asadi - Iran

Norbert Van Yperzeele - Belgium

Pavel Constantin - Romania

Radko Oketic - Slovenia

Valeriu Kurtu - Germany

Learn more:
1. Tourism Cartoon Competition

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Léon - Léon van Roey (1921 - ?)

A time ago we got a question  if we knew who was LEON. After some research  by Jean-Marie (thanks!) we found out who was the artist Leon. 

For Léon, this is a Belgian artist whose name is: Leon Van Roey. He was born in Antwerp in 1921, but we do not know if he is still alive (he should be 93 now). Please let us know if you have some more information.

This painter was also a ceramist, illustrator, stage designer, and of course, cartoonist.
He has published in the press in Belgum: La Nation Belge, Le Patriote Illustré, La Libre Belgique, Weekend, Moustique ; 
in the French press: The Canebière Humour Magazine, Noir et Blanc, Ici Paris, Le Rire ; 
in the Scandinavian press: Expressen.
His drawings were reproduced, from 1956 to 1959, in the series of anthologies Best Cartoons from Abroad, published in New York by Crown Publishing (books also published in London by Alvin Redman)

Best Cartoons from Abroad 1956 (Crown Publishing, New York 1956)
Best Cartoons from Abroad 1957 (Crown Publishing, New York 1957)
Best Cartoons from Abroad 1958 (Crown Publishing, New York 1958)
Best Cartoons from Abroad 1959 (Crown Publishing, New York 1959)

Léon is originally from Belgium, but moved to Denmark in 1952.

Jean-Marie found 2 publications with information about the artist.

First, there is the booklet "De lachende tekenpen Kartoens" (Gaston Durnez, Vlaamse Pockets, 1964). 

The last scan is a page from the book of Walter Amstutz: Who's Who in Graphic Art. Volume 2 (From Clivo Press, 1982 Dübendorf) :

Ik hope we helped mr "Anonymous" ... and I've learned again to know another artist.

This was the oringinal question we received:

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Yrrah Deadline":

Excuse me, Mr. Jan Oplinus...
Have you heard of Belgian (?) cartoonist Leon? Apparently his gag cartoons were widely published in Stern (Germany), Se (Sweden)and other periodicals in the 50s and 60s. His cartoons were also featured in the 1955 book CARTOON TREASURY as well. Sadly, I have no other info on him and I'm unsure whether he's alive or not. Maybe you can help me. Here's a sample of his work:

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Yrrah Deadline

Yrrah Deadline was published in 1987 (ISBN 90 214 89 25 2). In this book, the problem of (life and) dead  has been
masterfully designed by cartoonist Yrrah (Harry Lammertink).

Learn more:
Yrrah Dies