Sunday, October 30, 2011

Parodies and pastiches

I really enjoyed this book. It's in the collection of the ECC library. Parodies & Pastiches aus der Sammlung Karikaturen & Cartoons Basel by Jürg Spahr (Basel, 1991, ISBN 3-856-16-043-4). Many cartoons are a parody and sometimes a pastiche, and in fact, that's what's cartooning is about. The book is a fine collection of parodies and  pastiches. It is published as a hommage by the Christoph Merian Stiftung to the founder of the caricature and cartoon collection in Basel (Swiss), Dieter Burckhardt (1914-1991).

What's the difference between a parody and a pastiche? Here are the definitions I found:

A parody is a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing.
It's also the genre of literary composition represented by such imitations.
A bit broader, it's any humorous, satirical, or burlesque imitation, as of a person, event, etc.

A pastiche is a literary, musical, or artistic piece consisting wholly or chiefly of motifs or techniques borrowed from one or more sources.Also, it is an incongruous combination of materials, forms, motifs, etc., taken from different sources; hodgepodge.

Martial Leiter and Jean-Jacques Loup "Frankensteins dreams"

Arnold Roth - "I'm going to call it 'Oops' "

Wolf Barth - Loakoon - Feuerwehr

Jerzy Flisak  and GIN

Feggo - Mondrian's road sign

Napoleon, after J.L. David - Gradimir Smudja

Mondrians Palette and Begegnung mit Paul Klee, - Caulos

Pointillism parodie - Sergey Tunin

Vincent van Gogh  at the hairdresser

Venus von Milo - Jugoslav Vlahovic

Learn more:
Cartoonmuseum Basel

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Playboy Cartoons - An orgy of PLAYBOY's Eldon Dedini

I really don't know why ;-) but one of the pages with most hits on our blog is the article "Playboy Cartoons - Phil Interlandi".
Here is some more Playboy stuff, coming from the book An Orgy of Playboy's Eldon Dedini (Fantagraphics Books, 2006, ISBN10 1-56097-727-2, 240 p., full-color)

It's the kind of high quality cartoon book I like. Cartoonist Eldon Dedini was born in 1921 and passed away in 2006.

"For over 45 years, Eldon Dedini has been one of Playboy's most recognizable full-page gag cartoonists. With a masterful watercolor technique that burlesques a broad range of subjects — from East and West Coast urban and suburban adult-hipster to classical Japanese erotic prints — Dedini's most personal cartoons rely on mythology and legend, evoking a bucolic sexually liberated paradise that leaves its reader lingering over the imagery long after the gag registers. An Orgy of Playboy's Eldon Dedini is the first retrospective collection of his work and gathers in one volume the most sophisticated, elegant — and funny — gag panels of the past six decades. An Orgy of Playboy's Eldon Dedini includes Dedini: A Life In Cartoons, an exclusive documentary DVD directed by Anson Musselman, celebrating the life of the artist via interviews conducted with the artist in 1998 and again in 2005, painting a vivid portrait of a man who helped define the Playboy style of the swinging 1960s." (Fantagraphics Books)

"God! Your Jackson Pollock always puts me in a frenzy."

"The talk around Bethlehem is that we're Jesus freaks."

"This is all very well for you Roman soldiers, but what we Sabine
woman really need is a children's day-care center!"

"Give the peasants a tax rebate an they
behave like naughty little children"

"Is this something you learned on the cruisades?"

Dedini: A life of cartoons (Part 1) on YouTube (other parts also on YouTube)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Florian Doru Chrihana : Satirische Idyllen

Last Friday I had the honour to meet the very kind Florian at the opening of his exhibition in the ECC. He brought along some copies of the book "Satirische Idyllen". This monography  (ISBN 978-3-86678-317-1,Kerber Art,2009) contains his work shown in the exhibition in the "Musée de la caricature" in Vianden, Luxemburg in 2009. Dieter and Gisela Burkamp, good friends of Florian, wrote an introduction. I read:  "Florian plays with our mind for images and like a magician he conjures pictures that are not lost for grotesque ideas and adventurous supplies of interpretation " and "This is an artist who did not only understand how to design the 'inner life' of ships as an engineer of shipbuilding but who also looks into the 'inner lives' of his fellow men knowingly, and he knows how to convey his ideas."
Great art, great cartoon book.


Florian, signing the book,
Kruishoutem, 7 Oct 2011

Here are some pics of the exhibition in the ECC:

Ro Burms presenting the artist


Venice (the person resembles the famous Belgian
standup comedian Bert Kruismans!)

Learn more:
Florian Chrihana's Blog
Current exhibition of Florian at the ECC (Titanic, Venice, Snowman)
Museum of Caricature Vianden

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Corridas - bullfighting ends...

Last week in the news: "Bullfighting in Barcelona ends with Catalonia ban" (BBC News) , "In Catalonia, a Last Day of Bullfighting" (New York Times) and "Cheers, tears and blood at Barcelona's final bullfight" (

Bullfighting keeps going on eternally in the cartoon book CORRIDAS by Albert Dubout (Editions Michèle Trinckvel, 1996, ISBN 2-85132-002-5, first edition was in 1967). Albert Dubout (1905-1976) was as a young boy fascinated by the corridas in the South of France. His youth memories inspired him to draw this cartoons. Georges Brassens wrote a foreword for the book.

Learn more:
Albert Dubout official website

Watch on YouTube: