Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cartooning for peace

"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace."

John Lennon

Wishing you all a peaceful 2014. Hope you support like I do the need for freedom of expression as does Cartooning for Peace who makes a great effort  for a better understanding of different cultures and religions, through editorial cartoons as a universal language.

You can support the organisation buy buying the book "100 Dessins de Cartooning for Peace pour la liberté de la presse" (in French and English language).

This is part of the book description on

100 Cartoons for Press Freedom

The Cartooning for Peace movement arose in response to a fatwa issued against Danish cartoonists who had dared to draw the face of the Prophet Mohammed, triggering violent protests in January 2006 that resulted in 50 deaths in Pakistan, 11 in Libya and the closure of European embassies.

Then United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan and Le Monde cartoonist Plantu organized a conference entitled “Unlearn Intolerance” at UN headquarters in New York on 16 October 2006 in which 12 of the world’s most famous cartoonists took part.

It was this conference that gave rise to “Cartooning for Peace,” which was created with the aim of promoting better understanding and mutual respect between peoples of different beliefs and cultures, using press cartoons as a universal language and means of expression.

Cartooning for Peace brings professional cartoonists of all nationalities to the attention of a broad public in order to promote a debate about freedom of expression and recognition of the journalistic nature of the work of cartoonists.

Learn more:
Cartooning for peace website
LikeCartooning for Peace on Facebook
Some cartoons aren't funny - review on IPS News Agency
Reporters without borders review

Wishing you all a very happy 2014!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Catalogue Knokke Heist 2013

Take a good look at this year's catalogue and you'll notice why this is a kind of special edition...
I think the (desktop) publisher did his work on a monday morning after a wild weekend... and nobody saw his mistake untill the catalogue was printed.

If it was a stamp, this catalogue would make a fortune.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Illustration - A visual history by Steven Heller and Steymour Chwast

Illustration or cartoon? That's the question.

Is an illustration a cartoon? Or is a cartoon an illustration? Is a drawing an illustration or a cartoon?
Searching cartoon books a time ago, I noticed between the art books, this particular publication . At first sight the book is about illustrations (and it is), but browsing the pages with a 'cartoon eye' I noticed many illustrations that I and many of our readers should catalogue as cartoons. That's what I like about this book: it's describes many styles and forms of illustrations. This styles and forms can not only be applied on illustration art, but also on cartoons.

Here are some examples of forms and styles in which I recognized cartoon art. There many more examples in the book.








Neo surrealism:

Neo expressionism:


Gothic 1:

Gothic 2:

Cartoon expressionism:



On the back cover of the book:

"This  book is a unique survey of this vital, popular art form. Alongside striking illustrations that exemplify the character of key historical movements, Heller and Chwast offer a collection of every significant style and form from the Industrial Revolution to the Digital Age. A trove of reference material and inspiration for designers, ILLUSTRATION: A VISUAL HISTORY is an impressive overview of a medium that has had a vital influence on many aspects of modern life, from politics to advertising, and has provided us with some of the world's most iconic images."
(Abrams, New York, 2008, ISBN 978-0-8109-7284-1, 272 p.)

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

25 years Olense Kartoenale

Congratulations to the organizers of the Olense Kartoenale (Belgium) for the 25th anniversary of their cartoon contest.
This year's themes were "Clear surface water" and "The right for a bed and some food" (Amnesty International theme). You can visit the exhibition until december 2013 at the townhal in Olen.

Grigory Katz - Israel
Izabela Kowalska-Wieczorek - Poland
Kfir Weizman - Israel
Marco De Angelis - Italy
Pawel Kuczynsky - Poland
Raed Khalil - Syria
Robert Rousso - France
Learn more:
All the prize winners on Facebook page

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Fragments From France and The Old Bill Newsletter

Last Monday I bought seven Fragments From France at  the WWI book fair in Passchendaele. In fact the the full series was one package, but I already had number four. I made a deal with the seller and I think I paid a fair and good price for it.

And  if  you really like Bairnfather, you can join the Bruce Bairnsfather Society... or just like it on Facebook:


All eight Fragments :

Learn more:
Bruce Bairnsfather

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Some Heath Robinson war cartoons - Armistice day 2013

During the first world war Heath Robinson (1872-1944) became famous as a cartoonist and his cartoons boosted morale for the British troops. Two books were published, the first in 1915 and a second in 1916. This year I added Hunlikely to my collection. Both books are available in different antiquarian book shops on the internet. Prices varie from 70 eur up to 500 eur and more.

The first book is Some Frightful War Pictures (Duckworth & Co., (London), 1915)
On The Golden Age blog, there is a scan of the complete book.

The second book is Hunlikely (Duckworth & Co., (London), 1916. I took some pictures of the cartoons in the book. The book is to fragile to scan.

Learn more:
Heath Robinson on our blog
Prices 1
Prices 2

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Peace in Congo - Don't decimate Congo - draw for peace

The CAC (Centre Africain de la Caricature) informed us that they have started a cartoon and caricature campaign against the war in eastern Congo - Of course we support this action , keeping in mind the great words of FECO "drawing the world together". If cartoons can help to bring people together and propagate peace in the world and of course in (east) Congo, we only can say: sent a drawing to the CAC.

submitted drawing by ... 

The conflict in Eastern Congo (source:

Over 5.4 million dead. Over 2 million displaced. Congo is home to the deadliest conflict since World War II.
The war in eastern Congo began in the early 1990s and continues to this day. It has encompassed two international wars—from 1996 to 1997 and 1998 to 2003—and multiple invasions from neighboring countries, with combatants from many armed groups, both foreign and domestic. While Congo has abundant natural resources, it is also the world’s poorest country per capita, according to the United Nations. Congo is also home to the largest and most expensive U.N. peacekeeping mission in the world, MONUSCO, which has more than 20,000 personnel and an annual budget of $1.4 billion. The eastern part of the country is plagued by instability, as militias continue to wreak havoc on the population. Meanwhile, the conflict gets very little coverage by the international media.
The conflict in Congo is notorious for serious violations of human rights, including violence against women and the use of child soldiers. Since 1996 the International Rescue Committee has calculated that approximately 5.4 million people have died from war-related causes. In 2012 Congo ranked lowest on the United Nations Human Development Index.

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Coordination / Centre Africain de la Caricature (CAC)
1bis, rue Lukenie - Quartier Yolo Nord
Commune de Kalamu Kinshasa
République Démocratique du Congo
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Direction Artistique :
Tél. : (+243) 81 68 61 618
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Direction de la Communication :
Tél. : (+243) 99 99 81 390
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"Ne décimez pas le CONGO Dessinez-nous la PAIX !" 
Initiative du Centre Africain de la Caricature (CAC) pour la paix en République Démocratique du Congo, 
avec le concours des dessinateurs du monde entier.

Dessinateurs et caricaturistes de presse du monde participent à l’effort de PAIX à l’est du Congo (Goma et ses environs) : Cécile BERTRAND (Belgique), Assette MANSONGI M. (Congo/RDC), POPA MATUMULA (Tanzanie), PLANTU, Gérard THOUVENIN (France), Damien GLEZ (France-Burkina-Faso), MARCIN (Pologne), ARSEN (Arménie), Didier Kassaï (Centrafrique), Alain MATA (France/RDC), Barly BARUTI (RDC/Belgique), Rolly AWAP NKULI, Alain MUSHABAH’ (RDC), Branko Djukic,…et bien d’autres se décident de dessiner et saluer la PAIX en République Démocratique du Congo et dans la région des Grands Lacs ! Une exposition sur la toile sera organisée et un recueil de caricatures, accompagné d’une série de supports seront édités…
Incessamment, les œuvres (dessins et caricatures) réalisées seront publiées sur la présente page.
Toute l'équipe du Centre Africain de la Caricature (CAC) s'en félicite et remercie tous les confrères et consœurs participants au présent projet.

Merci de visiter la page 

Windsor McCay , 1917

Learn more:
Looking for inspiration? Anti-war cartoons (book by Joe Craig)
Le Centre Africain de la Caricature

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Le Bricolage - Do-It-Yourself cartoons

If you look for some other great DIY cartoons, try this book by Claude Serre (Glénat, 1995, ISBN 2-7234-0409-9, first édition was published 1983).

Learn more:
Claude Serre on our blog

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


I'll be busy with some work at my home for the next weeks...

Be fore starting I took a look at this do-it-yourself cartoon book edited by Mark Bryant (Exley, ISBN 1-85015-509-7, 1994). It's part a series "The world's greatest... cartoons" (businees, cats, rugby, dad, golf...)

To be honest, for me personally this aren't the greatest cartoons ever in their genre... but some are really funny. Most cartoons in the book have captions.

Roland Fiddy