Wednesday, November 15, 2017


 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 (

Learn more:
Konk on Wikipedia
Les Dessins de Konk (tribute website)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Drawing for Amnesty International

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

Sunday, October 1, 2017

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

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."

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Otto Lothar

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 Biography
Inventur, by Otto Lothar
Buy on Amazon

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bruegel anno 2017

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 Zealand

Paul Kempeneers, Belgium

Stefaan Provijn, Belgium

The Winners...Slawomir Makal (Poland, 2nd prize), Nikola
Hendrickx (Belgium, First Prize, Sergey Sichenko (Israel, Third Prize)

Learn more:
Pieter Bruegel The Elder on Wikipedia

Beware 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

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Alive and Kicking

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 )

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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

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

Monday, May 22, 2017


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