Saturday, January 31, 2015

Arestide Esteban Hernandez Guerrero - ARES

I was pleased to meet with Ares (Havana, Cuba,1963) in the ECC on the occasion of the opening of his exhibition. I was told before that Ares is one of the world's leading cartoonists. He is indeed.

In his cartoons you'll notice his interest for the human body. Not surprising because he is a doctor of medicine specialised in psychiatry.

He has published many books.
"The book "Ares Trazo Consentido" (Ares, trace with sense) is an attempt to make a selection out of the great visual universe its author has produced with artistic confidence since the 80s. It's a reduced and useful anthology of a portion of his work."

"Aristides Esteban Hernandez Guerrero, better known as ARES, was born in Havana Cuba, in 1963. He studied medicine and psychiatry and is a self taught cartoonist, illustrator and painter. He lives and works in Havana.

His first cartoon was published in 1984, and subsequently many others have appeared in newspapers and magazines all over the world. He has published 24 books and illustrated more than 80 others. He has made oil paintings and worked in TV and Film, making animated short films (filminutos) based on his artwork.

He has participated in many international cartoon competitions and has been rewarded with 102 national and 133 international awards. He has been a judge in cartoon contests in Mexico, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, Cuba, and Iran ... He has given lectures on cartoons and comics in Cuba, Iran, Mexico, Colombia, Turkey, Canada, Spain, Venezuela and Finland.

Ares was nominated by Witty World Magazine (US) to be admitted to the register of the best cartoonists in the world. In Cuba he received the Quevedos Iberoamerican Cartoon Award, and he was included in the list of the 20 best Cuban cartoonists of the 20th century. In 2002 he received the National Culture Medal from the Cuban Cultural Minister.

He is the vice president of the National Association of the Cuban Artists and Writers Union and vice president of the Comic and Cartoon Department of the Jose Marti International Institute of Journalism." (ECC)

Learn more:
ECC exhibition
Ares cartoons - CartoonMovement
Ares on CartoonGallery

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Doaa Eladl

Yesterday I attended the opening of another excellent ECC exhibition.This time the Egyptian top cartoonist Doaa Eladl and master cartoonist Ares from Cuba (more about Ares in next post) may present their cartoons.

For the first time, the ECC board decided to print an exhibition catalogue. A good decision so to speak. The few copies were sold out quickly. But no worry: due to modern technology of print on demand, new catalogues can be reprinted easily.

About the ECC exhibition:

"Doaa Eladl is one of the most famous cartoonists in Egypt and is an important voice of the press in the post-revolutionary Egypt. She publishes her drawings in the independent daily Al-Masry Al-You, and is the only woman in a team of four artists. She also illustrates children's books and uses social media to share her drawings. On Facebook she has more than 12 500 friends, on Twitter 5 500.

During the Egyptian spring no newspapers were published for weeks on end, so Doaa and her colleagues diffused their drawings on the streets with the demonstrators.

She has had exhibitions in France, Italy, Spain and Tunisia. In 2009 she was nominated as the best cartoonist by the Union of Journalists in Egypt. She was also honored for her press cartoons in Italy and Saint-Juste-le-Martel in France. In 2012 she became an honorary member of FECO France and in 2013 she received the award "Resist Violence Against Women" and in 2014 of "Cartooning for Peace".

You can visit her exhibition in the ECC from 25 January to March 22, every Sunday from 10 to 12 am and from 2 to 5 pm. Groups of 10 persons or more are welcome on other days by appointment."

from left to right: Hanzz, Norbert van Yperzeele, Ares,  Lejon, Cost, Doaa, O-Sekoer

The Belgian natioanl VRT television news had an item and an interview with Doaa Eladl. You can watch it
here :

Learn more:
follow Doaa Eladl on Facebook
interview on
more cartoons of Doaa on
Daryl Cage interviews Doaa (YouTube)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Je suis Charlie cartoon book

Collector's item, solidarity item, cartoon book... In collaboration with, ShopMyBook was able to publish only a few days after the horrible massacre a tribute cartoon book.

I ordered the print on demand cartoon book and 5 days later it arrived at home...
I want to remind that the slogan of FECO (Federation of Cartoonist Organisations) is "drawing the world together",something nobly positive in our sadly troubled times.

cartoon by EGO

cartoon by DUBUS

cartoon by ANDRE NOLLET

"Following the events in Paris, Shop My Books wants to make a contribution to the victims and their families. This book collects 103 Belgian cartoons about #JeSuisCharlie.

This book was created in collaboration with 53 Belgian cartoonists. We thank all those who have contributed to this great book. All profits will be donated to the victims of the shootings in France.

AAaRGh…, André Nollet, Anne Catherine, Arnulf , Ben, BOB, Canary Pete, Carré, Cartoni, Cécile Bertrand, Clou, COPpieters, Cost, duBus, Ego, Emiel De Bolle, FOBIE, Gal, Haidari Natalija, Ilah, JacPé, JAMES, Jb, JOHAN DE MOOR, KANAR, Karl Meersman, Kim, Lejeune, Lejon, Libin Ronald, MadMan, MAREC, Martin Saive, Mercedes, Norbert Van Yperzeele, O-SEKOER, Quatsch, QUIRIT, Rafagé, R L Oppenheimer, SAIVE, Salemi, SAMUEL, Sondron, Sophie Dupont, STEVE, Tom, Vadot, Vanmol, Vejo, Vince, FRANx, Zaza"

Learn more:
Buy the book (Shop My Book)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Nous sommes Charlie. In memoriam Cabu, Wolinski, Charb, Tignous, Honoré...

“Artists, by their free expressions, encourage others to be free. This is the quality that makes works of art enduring.” 
― Marty Rubin

My thaughts go to all the murdered cartoonists, policemen and people this week in France.

The quote above goes up for cartoonists, who encourage people to think free and help us relativize... 

Because my main interest for cartoons goes to gag cartoons without caption, my collection of editioral cartoons isn't that big. I don't have a collection of the Charlie Hebdo magazine. I believe in the freedom of expression, one of the the highest goods in society. Even if I don't always agree with some provocative cartoons.

I've sought and found some cartoons of the murdered cartoonists in my collection: in Le Dico Solo and Petite Encyclopédie du Dessin Drôle. Their work lives on ...




Honoré Philippe

Honoré Philippe

Tignous Bernard Verlhac


In this footage, the cartoonists Charb, Cabu,Wolinski and Tignous show their warm heart for Clowns sans frontières... (Clowns without Borders)... they were much mor than cartoonist that drew Mohammed cartoons!

Learn more:
Le Parisien

Unbelievable 2!

"True belief" must not be easy to hurt. Let's keep that in mind.

I want to mention the cartoon book about men and religion again. (15e Dutch Cartoon Festival, 
2007). Some nice cartoons to think about humour and religion...

Previous: Unbelievable 1.

Jan-Bart Dieperink


Len Munnik

Lubomir Kotrha

Luc Vernimmen


Robert Rousso

Tom Janssen

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Life is a theater... Pisek Biennale 2009

cover cartoon by Ales Vyjidak, Czech Republic

Between the catalogues on my bookshelf, there is a catalogue with a dramatic theme: Theatre.
Slawomir Luczynski (Poland), member of the jury writes:
"All of us play roles in life, as in theater. We are balancing between reality and fantasy. We are actors of one play called life... Some deal with the roles assigned by fate better than others.".

Enjoy some theatre cartoons out of this catalogue (Mesto Pisek, Czech Republic, 2009, ISBN 80-85616-08-4):

Ali Shah Ali, USA

Bernard Bouton, France

Mihai Danielescu, Romania

Ikhsan Dwiono , Indonesia

Ivailo Tsvetkov , Bulgaria

Shakespeare by Stefan Despodov, Bulgaria

Benjasit Tumying, Thailand