Sunday, December 20, 2015

Mix & Remix

Mix & Remix is the pseudonym of the Swiss cartoonist Philippe Becquelin (°1958).
I received this book "Le Mix"(2013, Les Cahiers Dessinés Paris162 pages, ISBN 979-10-90875-18-0) as a nice Xmas present. The humor is outstanding.

The cartoons are in French and have captions. I've translated some cartoons, so our English readers can enjoy the humor...

... The prisoner had escaped !!!

... I try to understand...
... I try to follow ! ...

"... I'm happy!..".    "... let's do something about that!... "

"... there are more and more elder people..."
"... this is becoming a real kind of fashion! ..." 

... I ... 

... Have you received my e-mail in which I asked you to respond to my text message?...

... Are you filming your ear?...
... I'm have a phone call ! ... 

... It seems people get too much information...
... yes, I'm already informed!... 

... I am a banker ! ... 

You'll find a full bibliography on the Mix & Remix Wikipedia page.

Learn more:
Mix & Remix Facebook page
Mix & Remix - Cartooning for Peace + video
Mix & Remix Blog
Bio on

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Through the ages with sam

In the latest Scherper edition, I mentioned one of these books.

I didn't find out more than "funny sex joke comic book” in my web search about this little books by Woody Gelman, Sy Goodstadt and Mel Poretz.

“Chéri , il faut repeindre le plafond”, Jeux de Pieds, is a French edition from 1966. The orginal English edition “Sam, the ceiling needs painting” is from 1964.

In 1968, some additional adventures of “Sam, the ceiling needs painting” were published...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Almanach Vermot 1966

Here are some more pictures of the French Almanach Vermot, 1966 edition I wrote about in the latest issue of Scherper, the cartoon magazine of the ECC.

The Almanach is published since 1886. In 1966 it was illustrated with more than 500 cartoons from cartoonists Bosc, Mose, Raynaud, Barberousse, Gilles, Laplace, Tim, Jicka, ... and many others.

Learn more: Almanach Vermot on Wikipedia

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bosc for sale

Alain Damman  ( let us know that he has news for all the fans and friends of the great French cartoonist Bosc (1924 - 1973). Original cartoons are for sale now. Some Bosc cartoon books are for sale at special prices.

"On the occasion of Christmas approaching, we decided to promote a number of original drawings of Bosc. I you want an original Bosc, it's the moment.

For those who already have the chance to have one or more original cartoons at home, this may be an opportunity to expand their collection.

There are in the pages devoted to the sale, more than 150 drawings, good visit!  (prices of the origianls are between 500 and 1000 eur)

We announce the re-edition of "the small Kama Sutra floral" by Bosc, published by Les Cahiers Dessiné. The book is available in all good bookshops"

Hereunder also attached is a list of books we can send you to your Christmas...
Contact: Alain Damman, mailto )

- Le Voyage en Boscavie; à 10 euros instead of 17 :

- Alors on se promène ? à 10 euros instead of 17 :

- Deux pour la vie; à 8 euros instead of de 15 :

- NON! à 19 euros :

- Des fleurs folles de leur tige; à 10 euros :

- De l'humour à l'encre noire; à 22 euros instead of 25 with DVD of Voyage en Boscavie inside :

- "Les Boscaves" (version 1985) pour 20 euros :

- some rare editions of "le coin du bosc" edited by la maison du rire de Cluny; for 18 euros :

- post cards: 5 lots de 4 cartes postales, soit 20 cartes pour 15 euros :

Learn more:
Bosc on our blog

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Almost Without Words / Bijna zonder woorden by Bertram Adam Thomas Weihs (1919 - 1958 )

I have said it many times before: collecting cartoon books is fascinating. There is always something to discover: old cartoon books, new cartoon books, cartoonists...

Searching a book of the Dutch cartoonist "Joep Bertrams" (born in Roermond, Holland, 1946) I found a book by "Bertram", without s.  Bertram Adam Thomas Weihs (Salzburg 1919 - Voorschoten 1958) settled in 1938 in The Hague. He was a cartoonist, graphic designer, illustrator, and monumental artist.The title is "Bijna zonder woorden" (almost without words) and the book dates from 1956. There is an introduction by Simon Carmiggelt (1913-1987), a famous Dutch author. The cartoons in the book were drawn shortly after WWII in 1946-1947.

Learn more:

Unfortunately I couldn't find a picture of the artist. I found some pictures taken at his funeral in 1958, together with some other art.

Bertram Weihs (Haagse Beeldbank)
Drawings of Scheveningen by Bertram Weihs
Weihs in databank Netherlands Institute for Art History

Sunday, November 8, 2015

O-SEKOER cartoons

Yesterday I was present at the O-Sekoer cartoon exhibition in Torhout, the home town of the Belgian cartoonist Luc Descheemaeker (°Kuurne, Belgium, 1955)

I've seen many cartoon exhibitions before, but this time the artist did not only surprise us with his outstanding cartoons, but also with the unique framing of the works. By doing so, the cartoons, already being of a high artistic quality, were exalted into another level.

After a nice foreword by Saskia of the ECC, Luc took the word and he presented his new O-Sekoer cartoons catalogue, followed by a speech of the deputy mayor of culture of the town of Torhout.

Most of the cartoons don't show us a nice view of the world: war, refugees, terrorism, climate change, the impact of social media ... unfortunately this is the reality we all live in today. But the message is that if we look very carefully at the cartoons, if we understand them truly, we have to realize that this world can be a very better place to live in if we all take part to make a better place of this world.
Luc Descheemaeker does not only show his social engagement in his cartoons, but also in real life. It was an emotional moment, when Luc donated the first 2 copies of his catalogue to two Syrian refugees he met a time ago.

The catalogue is in color, contains 74 cartoons and cost 15 eur. (contact Luc via Facebook page or blog)

Learn more:
Cartoon Gallery   - Luc Descheemaeker
O-Sekoer catalogue on our blog (2009)
Follow Luc on Facebook