Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Coming soon: Giles's War 1939-45 by Timothy Benson

On Tuesday 4th July 2017, a new Giles cartoon book will be presented at the Political Cartoon Gallery in London, together with the opening of the Carl Giles Cartoon Exhitibion.
If you love Giles's cartoons... you can pre-order GILES'S WAR now.

If you are a political cartoon (book) lover, take a look at all the lovely books on the blog of Timothy Benson. 

"Few contemporaries captured Britain's indomitable wartime spirit as well or as wittily as the cartoonist Carl Giles. Now, for the first time, the very best of the cartoons he produced between 1939 and 1945 are brought together, including many that have not seen the light of day in over 75 years. As a young cartoonist at Reynold's News and then the Daily Express, Giles's work provided a crucial morale boost - and much-needed laughs - to a population suffering daily privations and danger, and Giles's War shows why. Here are his often hilarious takes on the great events of the war - from the Fall of France, via D-Day, to the final Allied victory - but also his wryly amusing depictions of ordinary people in extraordinary times, living in bombed-out streets, dealing with food shortages, coping with blackouts, railing against bureaucracy and everyday annoyances. It's a brilliantly funny chronicle of our nation's finest hour, as well as a fitting tribute to one of our greatest cartoonists."

(Penguin Books)


Format: Paperback
Pages: 224 pages
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication Date: 13/07/2017
Category: Cartoons & comic strips
ISBN: 9781847948090

Who is is Timothy Benson?

On his blog he writes:

"Dr Tim Benson is Britain's - some say the World's - leading political cartoonoligist. He therefore thinks he knows everything there is to know about political cartoons. A lecturer on cartoons, Benson has also had more books published on the subject than anyone else. He has even acted as an external examiner for postgraduate degrees in cartoons. Now some say Benson is not only self-opinionated and outspoken, but has a big mouth to go with it. So here, on his very own cartoon blog page, he has decided to put it to even greater use."

Learn more:
Benson's Blog

Monday, May 22, 2017


I'm fond of the cartoons of Yrrah (Harry Lammertink). I recently found 8 of his books on and could buy all for a very nice price.

This is his first book: Yrrahtioneel, published in 1958 (De Arbeiderspers, Amsterdam):

seems to me that the cartoon on the right side is inspired by Magritte...

More about Yrrah:
Yrrah of ECC Cartoonbooks Club

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Humor in medicine

Humor in de geneeskunde (humor in medicine) by Eduard H. Hermans (Uitg. Het Wereldvenster, Baarn, Holland, Dutch, 2x 154 pages) consists of 2 books. The first part was published in 1961, the second in 1962.
It's a collection of cartoons about all aspects of medicine. The books starts with an essay about humor in general, followed by an essay about humor in medicine. There are chapters with cartoons about doctors at work, man as patients, woman as patients, odd cases, history of medicine, childbirth, pregnancy, dentist, doctors in uniform, doctors and money, the end of life, etc.
The author gives feedback and commentary on all the cartoons in the book, something that's quite rare in cartoon book land. The cartoons are all numbered.


cartoon by Chas Addams

As you will notice, the author mentioned TETSU (number 148) as being the cartoonist.This is
wrong: both cartoons are by BOSC.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saman Torabi (Iran)

I met the kindhearted cartoonist and caricaturist Saman Torabi at the opening of the Euro-Kartoonale 2017 in Kruishoutem.
He was awarded an honorable mention for his cartoon with the ghost under the shower. A funny cartoon indeed. When I asked Saman to sign for me in my catalogue I learned he is an architect. Drawing cartoons is a hobby for him and it makes him happy making people laugh with his cartoons.
He does not earn money with his cartoons, he told me, but he draws with love for the cartoon art. His art is digitally made with the help of Photoshop techniques. He has no own cartoon book, but he was so kind to offer me a nice set of his cartoons and caricatures beautifully printed on hard paper.
I like his cartoons. Hope you too...

Learn more:
Saman Torabi on Facebook
Portfolio of Saman Torabi on Resistart

Monday, April 17, 2017

Peter Nieuwendijk

Painter, sculptor, designer, writer and cartoonist Peter Nieuwendijk (°Amsterdam, 1946) won this year's first prize of the Euro-Kartoenale 2017, the Golden Award.
He won with this cartoon:

Peter Nieuwendijk
Does Peter have an own cartoon book? No, but he has an art book... with a cartoon chapter!

You can discover the art of Peter in his book eye-witness (Artbooks, Hillegom, 2006, ISBN 90-808076-2-1, 124p.). The book gives us a fascinating view of the work of this multilateral artist.

Hereunder a preview of the graphical humor chapter in the book:

Learn more:
More Cartoons by Peter Nieuwendijk
eye-witness by Peter Nieuwendijk

Peter Nieuwendijk tells about his life and creative work...

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Jean-Loïc Belhomme (France, 1950) was awarded the silver award of the Euro-Kartoenale 2017 The Soul with this cartoon:

I remember I have one of his albums somewhere on my shelve. It's  'ça occupe'. An album containing light erotic cartoons, published in 1983 by Glénat France (ISBN 2-7234-0351-3).

 Learn more:
Album on
Bélom (Wikipedia)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Euro-Kartoenale 2017 - The Soul

Last weekend I was present at the prize award ceremony of the Euro-Kartoenale 2017. As always it was a fine evening and we had the opportunity to see a fine collection of cartoons about the soul theme.
This great variety of interpretations can be seen in the ECC exhibition and of course in the catalogue.

The catalogue costs 15 eur and can be bought in the ECC or the ECC E-shop.

Marco De Angelis - Italy

Leslie Ricciardi - Uruguay

Cartoon by Marilena Nardi

cartoon by Ward Goossens, Belgium