Sunday, January 24, 2016

Yuri Kosobukin and Pirana (Leon Van De Velde)

Another years means other exhibitions in the ECC.
Yesterday I witnessed the opening of the cartoon exhibition of the renowned Russian cartoonist Yuri Kosobukin (1950-2013) and Belgian cartoonist Pirana.

As you can see on the pictures below, these are two very different kind of cartoon styles.

Kosobukin was one of the most outstanding cartoonist with a unique style you immediately recognize. Not surprisingly , he won hundreds of prize all over the world.

In his speech, Rudy Gheysens witnessed that Kosobukin liked drinking vodka...

Pirana (Leon Van De Velde) is a famous Belgian press cartoonist.
He drew for several newspapers and magazines and published no less than 23 comic strip albums. He was a regular guest at comic festivals at home and abroad.
Typical for the work of Pirana is the minimalist and simple drawing style and his black, sexist and no-nonsense humor.

In the exhibition I saw many good erotic cartoons, but the most funny to me are a series a torture chamber cartoons.

"time again to do the dishes honey..."

Pirana, Rudy and a series of nice painted cartoons on the background...

"say cheese "
Don't forget to watch this clip: 10.000 erotic cartoons by Pirana:

It was a good idea indeed by the ECC board to publish an exhibition catalogue for an honest price (10eur/piece). A minus is the poor printed resolution of some cartoons in the Kosobukin catalogue, and also noticeable in some Pirana cartoons.  I hope this pixelation issue will be resolved as it is a print on demand catalogue and higher resolution pics can't be a problem as the cartoons in the exhibition are all of high resolution quality. I hope next prints of the catalogue will be double checked on print resolution and the pixelation issue.

Learn more:

about Yuri Kosobukin:

on Bado's blog
cartoon Gallery
Kosobukin Tribute Gallery on Pinterest

about Pirana:

on Wikipedia
Mensen van bij ons (Dutch)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Ronald Searle's America (and Paris)

For Ronald Searle fans:  this brand new Phantagraphics book, edited by Matt Jones is a must-have.

Hereunder is the book trailer:

"This lushly-produced book compiles drawings and illustrations by legendary British illustrator Ronald Searle have been virtually unseen since their original publication in the 1960s. During this golden age of illustrative reportage, Ronald Searle—an influence on historic figures as wide-ranging as Matt Groening, Pat Oliphant, and John Lennon—was sent by American magazines such as Holiday and LIFE to far-flung and exotic locations. He would report back with a raft of drawings detailing his observations and experience in his trademark satirical and matchlessly virtuosic style."

Pages:368 / full color / 10.75" x 13.75"/ISBN-13: 978-1-60699-843-4 / 85 USD

You can visit the Facebook page Ronald Searle's America.

Yesterday, Jean-Marie sent me some Ronald Searle covers, campaign drawings and coins...enjoy!

Learn more:
Ronald Searle on our blog
Searle in America Blog by Matt Jones