Thursday, April 29, 2010

Halis Dokgöz - new cartoon book

Doktor and cartoonist Halis Dokgöz (Turkey) sent us an announcement about his new cartoon book Lineal.
I congratulate him with this publication and when you read the comments below, you'll realize he is a not only an eminent doctor but also a very fine cartoonist.

Learn more:
Halis Dokgöz bio and cartoon gallery at Toonpool


Halis Dokgoz’s Lineal cartoon book was published by Turkish Medical Association Publications. The book also includes comments from Carlos Amorim, Tan Oral, Huseyin Çakmak, Erdogan Karayel, Rasit Yakali, Umit Kartoglu of cartoonists such as. Dokgoz’s book constitutes a selection of the cartoons since 1985. More than caricatures of medicine, health care environment, physician-patient relations, human rights, child rights, the environment is viewed from a broader perspective on the social life like. Books printed in color on glossy paper and draw the Insider may be obtained from the Turkish Medical Association. e-posta:

Who is Halis Dokgoz?

He was born in 1967 in Çorum (Turkey). He graduated from the Medical Faculty of 19 May University in 1989, and graduated from the Forensic Medicine Department of İstanbul Medical Faculty of Istanbul University in 1999. Currently, he is a full-time staff at the Department of Forensic Medicine, at Medical Faculty of Mersin University where he also works as a lecturer.
He has been drawing cartoon since 1985. His first cartoon was published in the “Kılçık” magazine in 1985. His consecutive works were published in the Gırgır, Limon, Çarşaf, Gümgüm, Akrep (Cypro), Hallo (Germany) magazines, and Cumhuriyet, Bulvar, Bizim Gazete, Milliyet, Birgün and Sabah newspapers. The artist continued drawing cartoons for Kılçık, Tıp Dünyası, Sendrom, Hiç, Fesat and Hekim Forumu magazines. He has entered a number of national and international competitions and was aworded twelve prizes. He has participated in many joint and group cartoon exhibitions. He had his first personal exhibition in 1991 at the Second Medical Fair in Ankara. In 1989 his first book “Where the sun doesn't enter” was published. He draws medical illustrations besides his cartoons. He is married and a father of twin boys. His works are published at

About Halis Dokgoz
Facing the stressed day by day in his medical doctor's office, Halis Dokgoz still finds time to produce excellent cartoons where he interprets his world with humour and refined art. If as doctor Halis Dokgoz takes care the patients body, with humour he analyzes the soul of the human being. Many years I follow and admire his works, through hundreds of Cartoon contests around the world. Admiration that certainly you will have, too, when turning the pages of this book.
So, enjoy it!
Carlos Amorim / Brazil
December 2009

The physicians are like magicians, they know how to bring out healthy rabbits from ailing hats. Humorists, just like physicians, touch with their magic pen nibs wherever they perceive a sore spot.
I know many talented physicians engaged in humor. Most of the time, I see them find joy in the therapeutic environment of humor either due to similarities of humor to their occupation or to find temporary relief from the burden of their holy occupations.
Cartoon, humor with drawing lines, at times look a little scratchy just as the prescriptions of physicians, however, both have the same mission of enabling the recipient enjoy life and be happy.
Now you flip through the pages of the book and have a look at prescriptions written by Halis Dokgöz drawn with lines.
I hope you'll get better soon and enjoy good health and happiness.
Tan Oral, Cartoonist, Turkey

"Cartoon" is a disease. Halis Dokgöz has lived nested with this disease for years. He makes the necessary intervention when the fever increases. Everybody knows that this is a hopeless case and an incurable disease. I hope that this album helps him cope with the disease. I hope you'll get better soon.
Erdoğan Karayel
Editor, Journal of Don Quichotte, Germany

I know Halis Dokgöz since 1985. I have been in communication with him during his university education and after. He has always been a hardworking person. His cartoons were published in Kılçık, a school-magazine and nationwide in Çarşaf Humor Magazine. He has always been a man of principle. I want to quote one of our correspondences published in Çarşaf in 1991:
“Dear Brother Raşit. I will graduate in July and who knows where I will be appointed to. I feel scary and my fear deepens when I think about the common social attitude towards physicians. I think we, the physicians, should try to tell our own position to the society. Therefore, I send you two of my caricatures reflecting my anxiety and thoughts about the situation we experience. I hope you like them.”
My reply was as follows: “Halis Dokgöz, my brotherly and respectful friend, has become a physician. I congratulate him for his success as a smart student of medicine and a caricaturist. I wish a very successful professional life for him in both professions.” (Çarşaf Caricature School, 1991)
Halis has been very successful as an able physician and a cartoonist wherever he was, in Çorum, İzmir, İstanbul and Mersin. He has steadily improved his artistry and this album is a proof of it. I wish a happy life with his wife and children full of drawings. My students have become my teachers now. We are a large family of cartoonists always in solidarity and mutual support. We are proud of our family.
Raşit Yakalı
Cartoonist, Çarşaf Humor Magazine, Turkey

I have encountered Halis’ cartoons in a 1989 album called "Güneşin Girmediği Yere". They were critical of university, health and medicine and he was a medical faculty student. He did not only draw cartoons. He also participated various organizations and exhibitions in whichever cities he happened to be.
I had a chance to meet him personally in 1992 at an exhibition, “Turkish Cypriot Cartoons” during the “Çorum Culture & Art Festival” organized by Municipality of Çorum and civil organizations. In the following years he established “Cartoonists Yahoogroups” which served as a discussion forum among the cartoonists.
I feel his warmth every time I meet or remember him… During our visit to Çorum in 1992 summer it was surprisingly cold in the evenings. Halis and his wife Birsen gave us wool outfits and saved us from misery. And I forgot to give back his blue-white pullover and brought it with me to Cyprus. I still wear his blue-white pullover during cold winter days when I am at my study room to draw cartoons. It reminds me of the warmth of cartoon as arts.
I wish my brother Halis many more years with cartoon. He donated the warmth of blue-white pullover to me and the Turkish Cartoon.
Hüseyin ÇAKMAK
President of Cyprus Turkish Cartoonists Association
Editor of Akrep Humor Magazine

Autopsy Alive
I met Halis in 1989 when he published his first album "Where sun doesn't enter"...
His cartoons were like autopsy of problems, mostly from the medical world... of doctors... of patients...
It's been 25 years...
Halis became an associate professor in forensic medicine... still drawing...
In this new book, he even cuts deeper...
As if he is conducting an autopy alive...
Ümit Kartoğlu
World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland

I recall my childhood. I wished so much to be able to draw cartoon then. My hope of drawing splendid things every time I took a drawing pencil would be succeeded by disappointment. The cartoons I imagined would be about those people I dislike or angry at. Thus, I would try to exaggerate features I found most ugly. I would imagine the teachers who bored me with a large belly and an ugly hooked nose. Once I designed them in my mind, I would think that it was easy to transfer it on a page. It was not be a total failure; the result would be an ugly person with a large belly and a hooked nose, only that it wouldn’t remind the teacher at all! Such hopeless efforts would persuade me to abandon drawing until I regained the courage to take the pencil again. The same cycle would occur each time.
During high school years, the drawings improved. The portrait cartoon resembled the intended person. However at the same time I already learnt that cartoon is an art and required a talent beyond my reach.
MD. Halis Dokgöz’s lines both have artistry and demonstrate a talent of productive survey. The unending tragicomic events of daily medical practice provide him interminable raw material to engrave.
Gencay Gürsoy, Prof.Dr.
The President of Turkish Medical Association, Turkey

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Almanach du Dessin de Presse 2010

Article by JMB

The Almanach du Dessin de Presse really amazed me. I did not expect such a book, so big, so full, and so varied. Too much is almost too much! Even for an "optical glutton" like me, it took time to be read in small doses. Indeed, its lay out is really tight (all pages are full up), but obviously this book’s buyer gets plenty in quality and quantity. It's not like those cartoon albums sold for 15 € (or more) which are read in 5 or 6 minutes. Here the price is double but it is amply justified. This wonderful and wide panorama of 2009, as seen from 120 French cartoonists (with few foreigners), is a hardcover book of 192 full color pages, perfectly printed on good paper (it weighs 1,4 Kg!). One must congratulate Nalair, the Feco France president, and J-M Renault, both editors, for the great work they have done. Important note: this French book has full text in English too and it was done with the support of the well known association "Reporters Sans Frontières". The Feco France plans to publish such a book every year, so let us wish this first Almanach du Dessin de Presse the success it deserves.

Learn more:
FECO France
Almanach du Dessin de Presse on Amazon


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Quotes and Cartoons in Das grosse Lebenshilfe Buch

Sometimes cartoons are used to illustrate books. One of such books is 'Das grosse Diogenes Lebenshilfe Buch' (Diogenes, Zürich, 1979, ISBN 3-257-79034-1, 290 p.). Translated, the title means 'The big Diogenes LifeHelp Book'. It's a very SMALL book with 333 quotes and proverbs about life. This booklet is illustrated with some cartoons by the famous cartoonists Bosc, Chavel, Loriot and Tomi Ungerer.

There is a strange thing in the book on page 34 there is a Bosc cartoon, signed 'Chaval'!

a BIG book

Bosc cartoon, signed Chaval

Tomi Ungerer