Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cartoon Bridging Cultures - GreekARToon 2006

A pleasing cartoon catalogue is the catalogue of the 1ste International Cartoon Contest, by GreekARToon.(ISBN 960-89471-1-1,  Ahthens, 2006).

The theme was 'cartoon bridging culture'. In the preface, I read:  "the art of Cartoon, indeed, is a "charismatic and gifted" art form and concurrent of the evolution of man, human society and technology, as recorded from the ancient Phlyacographves on the walls or on ceramic pottery to the pages of printed or electronic press, and to the books that have been produced by other means. Despite the evolution in the means - tools of production, its manifold significance and role continues  unaltered. That is to say, it is the endurance of the archaic meaning and significance of the historical  and social 'need' that produced it, which is nothing but a 'handcrafted' interpretation and divestment of an instant momentum, that does not only 'ridicule - mock - satirize' the sacred  and the profane ,or the power relations. Equally, satirizes the modern and multifaceted culture of everyday life, in an age of globalization, of unprecedented advancement, but also an age of piling problems, violence and conflicts.
In other words, Cartoon , as a visual art, but also deeply as a 'political' art, is the meeting point and the channel  of communication between the various bearings of the 'comic and the tragic'. (GREEKARTOON)

Dalcio Mahado - Brazil
Robert ROUSSO - France
Osmani Simanca - Brazil
Che An Yong - China

Musa Gumus - Turkey
Clay Bennett - USA

Oley Dergachov - Canada

Albert Rousso - France

Tommy Thomdean - Indonesia

Jin Hui - China

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

About (almost) rare books

Article by JMB

Jan asked me to present some very rare books. At first, one must ask: why to do it? If a book is over than rare, it would be impossible for this blog’s readers to find it. So, what's the use to mention it, apart from showing off in the style: look what I proudly own when you will never get it! This is not my aim, and I already pointed out my position by adding an “almost” to this article’s title. In fact, apart from a single copy book, of course, there is always a hope to find some rarity. In addition, our friend collectors know that, in collecting, the most important thing is not to possess an even very rare book, but to keep searching for the next book, a hard to find item which one runs after for years and years. The real pleasure doesn’t come just with a “great shot”, but at a permanent hunting.
After these necessary forewords, I wish to show you a book that is really hard to find, as it is both old and was a limited edition. It is the very first theoretical study about caricature, ever published in France.

Although not numbered, this book is attested from several serious sources to have been published in 200 copies

This first French edition, published in 1802 (year 10 of the French revolutionary calendar), was preceded by two English editions, titled: Rules for Drawing Caricaturas: with an Essay on Comic Painting. The first one, in 1788, was illustrated by a frontispiece and four plates; the second one, in 1791, was illustrated by twenty one plates. There was also a German edition which had, like the French edition: a frontispiece and twenty eight plates (including six folded plates). Oddly in France, the author’s first name is printed: François, when it is really: Francis.

For the French Mint, Ronald Searle, who had some plates from the English second edition, designed a medal dedicated to Francis Grose and his book, in 1981.

In the French book, before the plates: a text in fifteen pages details Grose’s rules for drawing caricatures, then comes his essay about comic painting along seventeen pages, and nine pages contain the explanations, or subtitles of all the plates.

Francis Grose (1731-1791) is not only a caricatures’ theoretician, but also a regular practitioner (he drew most of this book illustrations). Since his youth, he is keen about antiquities and drawing and is taught in a Fine-Arts School.

Although the Captain Francis Grose military career was not long, he was proud of his grade and uses it for all his life long, when his main features are to be an artist and an active scholar.

He publishes ten volumes of Antiquities of England and Wales, two volumes of Antiquities of Scotland, a Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue: A dictionary of buckish slang, university wit, and pickpocket eloquence, and a Guide to Health, Beauty, Riches and Honour. Grose is in Ireland to prepare a book about its antiquities, when the obese he is since decades, suddenly died of an apoplectic seizure. With humour, Ronal Searle said about him: “It seems he is a top rated archeologist among the ones who published as much books’ weight as their own weight”.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Rare cartoon books?

Every collector, whether he collects stamps, Dinky Toys, teabags, coins or even cartoon books is happy to have some rare specimen in his collection. I asked myself if we could present some rare cartoons books on our blog. I asked Jean-Marie if he could help.

He asked me what I meant with a 'rare' cartoon book?

- Is it a book from a little-known artist with a small diffusion?
- Is it a rare book because of a limited edition?
- Is it a rare book because copies have been destroyed?
- Is it a rare book because you can't find it through regular commercial channels?
- Is it a rare book because it's sale was forbidden? (e.g. antisemitic propaganda, pornography)
- Is it a rare book because it's really old?
- Is it a book from a known artist but rarely mentioned in the bibliographies of the author?
 -Is it a book with a particularly original presentation?

Let's go and search for it and I hope we can present to you some very interesting books in next posts.
And if you know of some rare cartoon books: let us know.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rodney Pike and his superb celebrity caricatures

Using Facebook, I recently discovered the work of Rodney Pike (rwpike). As I am a man who loves cartoon books, the paper stuff, I must admit that I adore this digital art. The caricatures are amazingly realistic. This is world class!
I hope you like his work too.

See this 50 Superb Celebrity Caricatures  (+interview)  and convince yourselve.

"My work is a bit different than your average photo manipulator. I do all sorts of photo manipulation but photo-manipulated caricatures; political satire and caricature illustration is really where I’m at right now. I specialize in photo-manipulated caricatured illustrations perfect for magazines, books, posters etc. I also do caricature portraits." (Rodney Pike)

Bean by artist Rodney Pike
The Rolling Stones by Rodney Pike

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Rodney Pike's blog - recommended

Saturday, March 5, 2011