Monday, January 15, 2018

RIP Avoine (1939 - 2017 )

Recently Jean-Marie mailed me the sad news that the great French cartoonist Avoine (Paul Audin) passed away 28 December. Once again, one of the famous Humouristes Associés disappeared.
Les Humouristes Associés , abbreviated HA!  is a collective of French cartoonists who published in self-publishing several collections of comic drawings in the 1980s.

Jean-Marie was so kind to send me information and cartoons to illustrate the nice humor of Avoine, so I could translate it into this article.

This first cartoon was published in the No. 1 of  A Suivre (To be followed) in February 1978, a magazine to which he collaborated until 1985:

Cover over his first album "Faites-moi rire, je pars dans quatre minutes" (Let me laugh, I'm leaving in four minutes). A self-published book distributed by "B Diffusion, undated, published in 1981. 96 pp. under hard cover:

 Hereunder 2 cartoons from this album:

Two drawings published in the anthology "Les traits du vin" published in 1996 by "Les Compagnons de la Ficelle" in Saint-Pourçain :

A drawing published in the album "La Fanfare" that he jointly made with Bridenne and Jy, two of his colleagues of the Humoristes Associés:

An advertising realization which unfortunately we do not know the date of publication:
(Dental ABC)

Picture by JMB (2006) showing, de left to right: Avoine, Bridenne, Barbe and Loup:

In the press, Avoine also collaborated on: Minute (his first press drawings in 1962), Paris-Match, Elle, Marie Claire, Marie-France, Le Nouvel Observateur, Gault et Millau, Le Nouvel Économiste, Libération, Lui, Lire, La Recherche, Pomme d’Api, Okapi, Le Point, L'Express, Réalités, Le Figaro, L’Expansion, Le Monde de la musique, Phosphore, Le Monde Dimanche, Vingt ans, L'Équipe magazine, Télérama, Siné Hebdo, Bakchich Hebdo.

He illustrated with 800 (!) drawings the 1979 edition of the Larousse dictionary.

Learn more:
Obituary in Le Figaro.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Chas Addams - The Groaning Board

Sometimes a book can be in excellent condition, except its dust jacket. This is the case with this nico book by Chas Addams (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1964)). Most of the cartoons in this book were published in The New Yorker between 1954 and 1963.  Almost half the way the book contains a portfolio of colored cartoons.

There is a nice dedication written in the book (I bought it in France) which I translate for you:

"for Drunette, as long as she does not eat her mother. February 1965."

Learn more:
Chas Addams

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Cartoon 58 - find the differences

Find the differences.
I just compared 2 editions of Cartoon 58, the best cartoons of 1957 published by Diogenes (Swiss edition, German) and Diogenes - De Bezige Bij (Dutch). Only a few differences.
This books smell, well,  like "old books". The books have cartoons by Bosc, Chaval, Searle, VIP, ...
111 pages of vintage cartoon fun.

Ronals Searle


Virgil Partch


Wednesday, November 15, 2017


 I found this little book accidentally a time ago. Konk, Laurent Fabre (born in Rennes, 1944) is a French editorial cartoonist (dessinateur de presse). The book was published in 1972, collection caliban, les éditions ouvrières. The cartoons in the book are without captions.

As you will read on Wikipedia, Konk is quite controversial and has been abandoned by the left and right press concerning issues of negationism. He draws about immigration, the political class, abortion and homosexuality...

I found this interview (in French) with Konk dated 1992 (

Learn more:
Konk on Wikipedia
Les Dessins de Konk (tribute website)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Drawing for Amnesty International

Nine Dutch cartoonists drew for Amnesty International. "Tekenend voor Amnesty" was published in December 1982 (isbn 9064630208) and is full of cartoons about human rights.

The 9 cartoonists are Fritz Behrendt, Jos Collignon, Tom Janssen, Frits Müller, Len Munnik, Rob Wout (Opland), Peter van Straaten, Harry Lammertink (Yrrah) and Stefan Verwey.

Yrrah on the frontpage

Tom Janssen

Stefan Verwey

Learn more:
Amnesty International

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker (French edition)

I found this French edition (2007) of the original book published in 2006: "Dessins Refusés par le New Yorker" some time ago at the Braderie de Lille. For a 3 euro it became mine and the condition of this second hand book is excellent. The price on the back cover says 19,90 euro. The book is still available and price varies: from 37,90 euro on a Dutch site to 9,99 USD on Amazon.

This is what's the book's about:

"Each week about fifty New Yorker cartoonists submit ten ideas, yielding five hundred cartoons for no more than twenty spots in the magazine. Arguably the most brilliant single-panel-gag cartoonists in the world create a bunch of cartoons every week that never see the light of day.

These rejects were piling up in the dusty corners of studios all over the country. Sam Gross, who has been contributing since 1962, has more than 12,000 rejected cartoons. (Seriously. He's been numbering every single cartoon he's ever submitted to The New Yorker since the very beginning.) Enter editor Matthew Diffee. He tapped his fellow cartoonists, asking them to rescue these hilarious lost gems. From the artists' stacks of all-time favorite rejects, Diffee handpicked the standouts -- the cream of the crap -- and created The Rejection Collection, a place where good ideas go when they die. Too risqué, silly, or weird for The New Yorker, the cartoons in this book offer something no other collection has: They have never been seen in print until now.

With a foreword by New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff that explains the sound judgment, respectability, and scruples not found anywhere in these pages, and handwritten questionnaires that introduce the quirky character of each artist, The Rejection Collection will appeal to fans of The New Yorker...and to anyone with a slightly sick sense of humor."

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Otto Lothar

Cartoonists are not just artist, they are also kind of doctors or psychiatrists. One of the differences is that they don't earn as much, but sometimes they do the same works. Laughter is the best medicine, isn't it? And aren't cartoonists experts in laughter?

German cartoonist Otto Lothar (°1932) is one of those artists. He was so kind to sent us (t)his book for our collection. It's in German and the purpose is to make people laugh. A noble goal.
The booklet is illustrated with cartoons of Otto (ISBN 978-3-89798-340-3, 1254 pages). It costs 5 euro, a fraction of the cost of a visit to the psychiatrist.

I've translated where's the book about:

"The reader will find many laughs, good-mood tips and anti-depression advice in this 'Laugh-Booklet' in order to defy the adversities of life or simply to laugh again. The volume is enriched with aphorisms, anecdotes, jokes and not least the drawings by cartoonist Otto Lothar: his style is clear, naive and fresh; his cartoons are characterized by fine irony and black humor - they are imaginative everyday philosophy and such an excellent addition to the texts. This little book is a happy present for those who want to laugh. And also for those who are to be cheered, comforted or strengthened."

Thanks a lot Otto!

Learn more:
Otto Lothar Biography
Inventur, by Otto Lothar
Buy on Amazon