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Chas Addams - The Groaning Board

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:45:00 +0000

Sometimes a book can be in excellent condition, except its dust jacket. This is the case with this nico book by Chas Addams (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1964)). Most of the cartoons in this book were published in The New Yorker between 1954 and 1963.  Almost half the way the book contains a portfolio of colored cartoons.There is a nice dedication written in the book (I bought it in France) which I translate for you:"for Drunette, as long as she does not eat her mother. February 1965."Learn more:Chas Addams[...]

Cartoon 58 - find the differences

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:14:00 +0000

Find the differences.I just compared 2 editions of Cartoon 58, the best cartoons of 1957 published by Diogenes (Swiss edition, German) and Diogenes - De Bezige Bij (Dutch). Only a few differences.This books smell, well,  like "old books". The books have cartoons by Bosc, Chaval, Searle, VIP, ...111 pages of vintage cartoon fun.Ronals SearleBosc Virgil PartchChaval[...]


Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:56:00 +0000

 I found this little book accidentally a time ago. Konk, Laurent Fabre (born in Rennes, 1944) is a French editorial cartoonist (dessinateur de presse). The book was published in 1972, collection caliban, les éditions ouvrières. The cartoons in the book are without captions.As you will read on Wikipedia, Konk is quite controversial and has been abandoned by the left and right press concerning issues of negationism. He draws about immigration, the political class, abortion and homosexuality...I found this interview (in French) with Konk dated 1992 ( allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="259" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="" width="460"> Learn more:Konk on WikipediaLes Dessins de Konk (tribute website)[...]

Drawing for Amnesty International

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:31:00 +0000

Nine Dutch cartoonists drew for Amnesty International. "Tekenend voor Amnesty" was published in December 1982 (isbn 9064630208) and is full of cartoons about human rights.

The 9 cartoonists are Fritz Behrendt, Jos Collignon, Tom Janssen, Frits Müller, Len Munnik, Rob Wout (Opland), Peter van Straaten, Harry Lammertink (Yrrah) and Stefan Verwey.

Yrrah on the frontpage


Tom Janssen

Stefan Verwey

Learn more:
Amnesty International

The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker (French edition)

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 13:49:00 +0000

I found this French edition (2007) of the original book published in 2006: "Dessins Refusés par le New Yorker" some time ago at the Braderie de Lille. For a 3 euro it became mine and the condition of this second hand book is excellent. The price on the back cover says 19,90 euro. The book is still available and price varies: from 37,90 euro on a Dutch site to 9,99 USD on Amazon.This is what's the book's about:"Each week about fifty New Yorker cartoonists submit ten ideas, yielding five hundred cartoons for no more than twenty spots in the magazine. Arguably the most brilliant single-panel-gag cartoonists in the world create a bunch of cartoons every week that never see the light of day.These rejects were piling up in the dusty corners of studios all over the country. Sam Gross, who has been contributing since 1962, has more than 12,000 rejected cartoons. (Seriously. He's been numbering every single cartoon he's ever submitted to The New Yorker since the very beginning.) Enter editor Matthew Diffee. He tapped his fellow cartoonists, asking them to rescue these hilarious lost gems. From the artists' stacks of all-time favorite rejects, Diffee handpicked the standouts -- the cream of the crap -- and created The Rejection Collection, a place where good ideas go when they die. Too risqué, silly, or weird for The New Yorker, the cartoons in this book offer something no other collection has: They have never been seen in print until now.With a foreword by New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff that explains the sound judgment, respectability, and scruples not found anywhere in these pages, and handwritten questionnaires that introduce the quirky character of each artist, The Rejection Collection will appeal to fans of The New Yorker...and to anyone with a slightly sick sense of humor."[...]

Otto Lothar

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:42:00 +0000

Cartoonists are not just artist, they are also kind of doctors or psychiatrists. One of the differences is that they don't earn as much, but sometimes they do the same works. Laughter is the best medicine, isn't it? And aren't cartoonists experts in laughter?German cartoonist Otto Lothar (°1932) is one of those artists. He was so kind to sent us (t)his book for our collection. It's in German and the purpose is to make people laugh. A noble goal. The booklet is illustrated with cartoons of Otto (ISBN 978-3-89798-340-3, 1254 pages). It costs 5 euro, a fraction of the cost of a visit to the psychiatrist.I've translated where's the book about:"The reader will find many laughs, good-mood tips and anti-depression advice in this 'Laugh-Booklet' in order to defy the adversities of life or simply to laugh again. The volume is enriched with aphorisms, anecdotes, jokes and not least the drawings by cartoonist Otto Lothar: his style is clear, naive and fresh; his cartoons are characterized by fine irony and black humor - they are imaginative everyday philosophy and such an excellent addition to the texts. This little book is a happy present for those who want to laugh. And also for those who are to be cheered, comforted or strengthened."Thanks a lot Otto!Learn more:Otto Lothar BiographyInventur, by Otto LotharBuy on Amazon[...]

Bruegel anno 2017

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:58:00 +0000

This summer the Belgian town of ¨Peer was the place to be.The small city celebrated that it was 650 ago, it obtained its city rights. One of the most eye-catching activities to celebrate was the Bruegel cartoon festival. It is not very certain at all, but in Peer one believes that  the world famous and great painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525-1530 – 9 September 1569) was born in the village of Grote Brogel, near Peer. Of course Bruegel is Peer's honorary citizen.Along with the exhibition, presenting excellent cartoons based on the paintings of Bruegel, came an excellent catalogue (128p, full color) . On the cover there is a "state of the art" cartoon by the Belgian cartoonist KLIER (Kurt Valkeneers), living in Peer and president of the jury.Bruegel - The Peasant Wedding (1567)Catalogue cover by KLIER (Belgium)Tony Houbrechts (Belgium)cartoonist Kurt Valkeneers, aka KLIER (photo 'Het Nieuwsblad')The Blind leading the Blind by Bruegel (1568)Zaradkiewics (Poland)Agim Sulaj (Italy)Mauricio Parra (Columbia)Bruegel - The tower of Babel (ca. 1563)Mihai Ignat  (Romania)Georgi Karaliev (Bulgaria)Some more inpressions of the exhibitions and the cartoons...Bob Darroch, New ZealandPaul Kempeneers, BelgiumStefaan Provijn, BelgiumThe Winners...Slawomir Makal (Poland, 2nd prize), NikolaHendrickx (Belgium, First Prize, Sergey Sichenko (Israel, Third Prize)Learn more:Pieter Bruegel The Elder on WikipediaBeware of the cartoons by Klier, they are VERY funny. Captions are only in Dutch... for an English translation, just ask ;-)Klier on Facebook.Want to buy the catalogue? mail[...]

Alive and Kicking

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 15:29:00 +0000

It's been quiet on this blog for the last few months. I've taken a break but I did not stop exploring the wonderful world of cartoons and cartoon books.

Many cartoon books were added to my collection and some are quite unique treasures. In the next months to come, I hope to show them to you. Hope you will like them.

Searching for cartoon books in a church, Place du Temple, Braderie de Lille,  Sept 2 , 2017 (France)
Yes, I found one! (for 1 euro)

Good find on Marktplaats.NL -
bought a package of 30 books of which about 12 were cartoon books (not
al the books are displayed here )

Coming soon: Giles's War 1939-45 by Timothy Benson

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:07:00 +0000

On Tuesday 4th July 2017, a new Giles cartoon book will be presented at the Political Cartoon Gallery in London, together with the opening of the Carl Giles Cartoon Exhitibion.
If you love Giles's cartoons... you can pre-order GILES'S WAR now.

If you are a political cartoon (book) lover, take a look at all the lovely books on the blog of Timothy Benson. 

"Few contemporaries captured Britain's indomitable wartime spirit as well or as wittily as the cartoonist Carl Giles. Now, for the first time, the very best of the cartoons he produced between 1939 and 1945 are brought together, including many that have not seen the light of day in over 75 years. As a young cartoonist at Reynold's News and then the Daily Express, Giles's work provided a crucial morale boost - and much-needed laughs - to a population suffering daily privations and danger, and Giles's War shows why. Here are his often hilarious takes on the great events of the war - from the Fall of France, via D-Day, to the final Allied victory - but also his wryly amusing depictions of ordinary people in extraordinary times, living in bombed-out streets, dealing with food shortages, coping with blackouts, railing against bureaucracy and everyday annoyances. It's a brilliantly funny chronicle of our nation's finest hour, as well as a fitting tribute to one of our greatest cartoonists."

(Penguin Books)


Format: Paperback
Pages: 224 pages
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication Date: 13/07/2017
Category: Cartoons & comic strips
ISBN: 9781847948090

Who is is Timothy Benson?

On his blog he writes:

"Dr Tim Benson is Britain's - some say the World's - leading political cartoonoligist. He therefore thinks he knows everything there is to know about political cartoons. A lecturer on cartoons, Benson has also had more books published on the subject than anyone else. He has even acted as an external examiner for postgraduate degrees in cartoons. Now some say Benson is not only self-opinionated and outspoken, but has a big mouth to go with it. So here, on his very own cartoon blog page, he has decided to put it to even greater use."

Learn more:
Benson's Blog


Mon, 22 May 2017 14:05:00 +0000

I'm fond of the cartoons of Yrrah (Harry Lammertink). I recently found 8 of his books on and could buy all for a very nice price.This is his first book: Yrrahtioneel, published in 1958 (De Arbeiderspers, Amsterdam):seems to me that the cartoon on the right side is inspired by Magritte...More about Yrrah:Yrrah of ECC Cartoonbooks Club[...]

Humor in medicine

Tue, 02 May 2017 13:32:00 +0000

Humor in de geneeskunde (humor in medicine) by Eduard H. Hermans (Uitg. Het Wereldvenster, Baarn, Holland, Dutch, 2x 154 pages) consists of 2 books. The first part was published in 1961, the second in 1962.It's a collection of cartoons about all aspects of medicine. The books starts with an essay about humor in general, followed by an essay about humor in medicine. There are chapters with cartoons about doctors at work, man as patients, woman as patients, odd cases, history of medicine, childbirth, pregnancy, dentist, doctors in uniform, doctors and money, the end of life, etc.The author gives feedback and commentary on all the cartoons in the book, something that's quite rare in cartoon book land. The cartoons are all numbered.Enjoy...cartoon by Chas AddamsAs you will notice, the author mentioned TETSU (number 148) as being the cartoonist.This iswrong: both cartoons are by BOSC.[...]

Saman Torabi (Iran)

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:12:00 +0000

I met the kindhearted cartoonist and caricaturist Saman Torabi at the opening of the Euro-Kartoonale 2017 in Kruishoutem.He was awarded an honorable mention for his cartoon with the ghost under the shower. A funny cartoon indeed. When I asked Saman to sign for me in my catalogue I learned he is an architect. Drawing cartoons is a hobby for him and it makes him happy making people laugh with his cartoons.He does not earn money with his cartoons, he told me, but he draws with love for the cartoon art. His art is digitally made with the help of Photoshop techniques. He has no own cartoon book, but he was so kind to offer me a nice set of his cartoons and caricatures beautifully printed on hard paper.I like his cartoons. Hope you too...Learn more:Saman Torabi on FacebookPortfolio of Saman Torabi on Resistart[...]

Peter Nieuwendijk

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:04:00 +0000

Painter, sculptor, designer, writer and cartoonist Peter Nieuwendijk (°Amsterdam, 1946) won this year's first prize of the Euro-Kartoenale 2017, the Golden Award.He won with this cartoon:Peter NieuwendijkDoes Peter have an own cartoon book? No, but he has an art book... with a cartoon chapter!You can discover the art of Peter in his book eye-witness (Artbooks, Hillegom, 2006, ISBN 90-808076-2-1, 124p.). The book gives us a fascinating view of the work of this multilateral artist.Hereunder a preview of the graphical humor chapter in the book:Learn more:More Cartoons by Peter Nieuwendijkeye-witness by Peter NieuwendijkPeter Nieuwendijk tells about his life and creative work... width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>[...]


Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:41:00 +0000

Jean-Loïc Belhomme (France, 1950) was awarded the silver award of the Euro-Kartoenale 2017 The Soul with this cartoon:

I remember I have one of his albums somewhere on my shelve. It's  'ça occupe'. An album containing light erotic cartoons, published in 1983 by Glénat France (ISBN 2-7234-0351-3).

 Learn more:
Album on
Bélom (Wikipedia)

Euro-Kartoenale 2017 - The Soul

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:37:00 +0000

Last weekend I was present at the prize award ceremony of the Euro-Kartoenale 2017. As always it was a fine evening and we had the opportunity to see a fine collection of cartoons about the soul theme.This great variety of interpretations can be seen in the ECC exhibition and of course in the catalogue.The catalogue costs 15 eur and can be bought in the ECC or the ECC E-shop.Marco De Angelis - ItalyLeslie Ricciardi - UruguayCartoon by Marilena Nardicartoon by Ward Goossens, Belgium[...]


Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:41:00 +0000

In 2007, in the very early days of this blog, I received this cartoon in my inbox. It was drawn by Gie Campo (Belgium, 1952) , a noble unknown cartoonist to me (there a still much more cartoonists I don't know, than I know). Gie had an idea, drew this cartoon and was so kind to send it to us.

When I recently saw a cartoon book drawn by Gie Campo, I bought it of course.

The little book Meccano Cartoons (Ademloos/Straten-Generaal, 2012)  is about the problematic solution for the traffic problem around the Belgian city of Antwerp. There is much to do about how and where the route has to be build. The books was published in 2012 and the discussion about how to solve the traffic problem around Antwerp is still going on... Know that the discussion already started in 1995 and in 2017 the works for a better traffic still aren't started. This is Belgium. Sometimes I envy the Chinese government when it comes up to solid traffic solutions.


Gie Campo has a website CAMPRODUCTIES. Gie states that his company, with the aim of "promoting the general laughter" ,knows despite the severe economic crisis, a slow but steady growth.

Learn more:
Guy Campo - Camproducties

BRASSER - Tijdloze Humor

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:18:00 +0000

Sometimes there is more than cartoon books. I found this exhibition brochure recently. If you like the work of a cartoonist, even brochures are worth collecting, like this one of the great BRASSER.  This brochure counts 20 pages of which half are filled with advertisements. Fortunately, some advertisements are for cartoon and graphic services. André Nollet and Emiel De Bolle were good friends of Brasser and they are still good Flemish cartoonists.

Learn more: Brasser on our blog.


Roger Penwill (UK)

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 11:35:00 +0000

From 29 January till 2 April you can visit the Roger Penwill cartoon exhibition in the ECC.I really like the cartoons of Roger. His cartoons are an example of how good cartoons must be: witty, well drawn and to the point. And funny they are! If someone has to be introduced into the world of cartoons, just let him or her enjoy the cartoons of Roger. Look at their face and you'll see why.If you are already a connoisseur of cartoon art, I would say the same thing: take a look at the cartoons of Roger. I'll look at your face and you will smile... if not, ... sorry, then you aren't a connoisseur.A catalogue is available in the ECC webshop and costs 10 euro. For other cartoon books by Roger Penwill click here.Roger Penwill (UK) is not only a great cartoonist. He's running a local folk club and he's playing an singing in a folk group. If you don't believe me, check this footage of his performance in the ECC. We all enjoyed it. For more songs, check Roger's YouTube channel. allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">Learn more:www.penwill.comAssembled cartoons by Roger Penwill[...]

Marcin Bondarowicz

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 16:27:00 +0000

Yesterday we had the opening op the exhibition of Marcin Bondarowicz and Roger Penwill in the ECC. The surrealistic art of Bondarowiz is in great contrast with the witty cartoons of Penwill. It lets us discover the great variety in cartoon art.In a next post I'll show you the art of Penwill.The catalogue (ISBN 978-83-87994-06-8) was published in May 2016 by the Museum of Caricature and Cartoon in Warsaw and costs 10 euro and is available in the ECC during the exhibition and in  the museum.Learn more:Marcin Bondarowiz' website  and Bondarowicz.netCartoon Gallery[...]

Desert Island Cartoon Books

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000

I've been fascinated by desert island cartoons for a long while. If you want to see a fine selection of those kind of cartoons you can check my Facebook page Desert Island Cartoons. It's a selection of cartoons I find now and then in cartoon books or at exhibitions.For the moment I have 2 desert island cartoon books in collection. Inselcartoons (1971-1996) is the first one. The cartoons in the book are collected by Farhad Vladi, a real estate broker in, yes, desert island cartoons.The second book is Inselcartoons by Mordillo (Lappan, 2012).There is another book I am longing for... if I can buy I at a cheap price: South Sea Cartoons - Desert island guys, gals and gags (Harold Meyers, 1955-Avon Publ.).You find a cartoon selection out of this book on Mike Lynch's blog.[...]

Zaza Gravures - Het Geheim van het Konijn - The Secret of the Rabbit

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:53:00 +0000

In this second book out of a series of three (?) Zaza (Klaas Storme) makes us laugh again with old engravings whereunder or wherein he put his funny puns. What I really like about this book too  is the qualitative finishing: hardcover with carved and glossy print, nice paper and smell...I've translated this little review by RV on the back cover of the book:"The deceased engravers can turn around in their graves to heart's delight  - a little exercise goes a long way - while Zaza sneaks on tiptoe into their work.You bet that this stowaway is a strange boarder, one that takes old cartoons with his 21st-century view of the world, and for his devilish fun, out of context.He is the anachronistic saboteur who can make an aha moment, even from a desolate and barren landscape  . Because that's The Secret of The Rabbit's bottom line: it's something acute, an illuminated moment that suddenly provides a liberating insight into the fundamental silliness of everything you can think of." (Rudy Vandendaele)Impossible love."Earl grey?"Zaza Gravures Volume2 - Het Geheim van het Konijn, De Bezige Bij, 2016, 252 pages, hard cover, b/w, ISBN 978 90 234 9972 5, 24.99 eur)Learn more:www.zaza.beZaza gravure volume 1interview with Zaza[...]

BELGIUM Et cetera...

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:47:00 +0000

In Belgium, caricatures have been around since the country’s beginnings. Since Belgium became a country, cartoonists have been livening up newspapers with their impossible to ignore satirical cartoons.

Belgium et cetera offers a unique sample of key moments in our history.
Twenty-two famous Belgian cartoonists take an unflinching look at our homeland’s past, in collaboration with writer, humourist and historian Gilles Dal.

Involved cartoonists: Kroll, Kamagurka, Karl, Marec, Lectrr, Zaza, duBus, Gal, Johan, Cécile Bertrand, Quirit, Ilah, Kanar, Kim, Vadot, Cost., Fritz, Steve, Joris Snaet, Clou, Fred and Sondron

Belgium Et Cetera... 1830-2030 in press cartoons is the book that accompanied the past exhibtion in the Belvue Museum . It offers a unique overview of the history of our fatherland Belgium. 22 well-known Belgian press cartoonists each give their own take on le plat pays since 1830, in their own style and idiom. Gilles Dal provided his worthy pen for the accompanying texts.

The book is published by Van Halewyck and edited by Gilles Dal and The Cartoonist. It counts 157 pages in full color, ISBN 978-94-6131-501-4, price 19.95 eur.

Learn more:
The Cartoonist on Facebook

Encore! Encore!

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 15:29:00 +0000

Roger Blachon (1941-2008) is one of my favourite cartoonists. A selection of his cartoons was published shortly after his dead in 2009 in Encore! Encore! (Le Cherche Midi, 96 p, ISBN: 9782749114989)"Black humor, tender humor, offbeat humor... Blachon had fun and enjoyed everything. This album traces a life of drawings - many of them unpublished - and the journey of an author passionate about his art and much appreciated by the general public."Learn more:Blachon on our blog[...]

Halbritters Waffenarsenal

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:17:00 +0000

I like the humor of Kurt Halbritter (1924-1978). Last week I received from a German bookshop Halbritters Waffenarsenal (Goldmann Buch 1977, 156 pages, B/W, ISBN 3-442-08462-8).I agree with this review I found :"A demonstration of useless weapons of the well-known cartoonist Halbritter offers brilliant entertainment. The serious style of the documentary, which illustrates the unskillfulness of the armaments industry from antiquity to modern times, and is supported by detailed drawings, allows weaponfriends as well as pacifists to thoroughly consider the warfare practices.If you like crazy inventions and fantastic excitements of creativity also with a slight smile, is here in the right place. "(miskaferl)Learn more:more art from Kurt Halbritter on our blog[...]