The Invention Of The Children’s Short

ogalopAccording to this ad from an old French magazine, flexible yet sturdy cotton shorts for children were invented in Africa. When they are a success in Europe and production is moved there, their inventor is officially rewarded by the Président.

This ad was created by O’Galop, or French cartoonist and illustrator Marius Rossillon, one of the pioneers of modern branding and probably best known for Bibendum, the character he created in 1898 for tire manufacturer Michelin (which is still in use today).

I’m not sure whether this kind of imagery is a quaint relic of a forgotten past, or a reminder of how race-based prejudices are ever present, even in a context that seems to be a confirmation of the value of all people to society. Also, the fact that those production plants are located in the East of France instead of some low-wage country is quite ironic.

(from the ever-amazing Agence Euréka)

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A Moral Child



Israeli cartoonist Rutu Modan (Wikipedia link) provided these illustrations for an article on how to promote moral thinking in your children, for the New York Times (April 12, 2014).

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Cowboys like licorice

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In literally the final issues of the fabled Dutch comic weekly Pep in 1975 (which would morph into the no less fabled Eppo later that same year), western comic hero Lucky Luke and his dastardly enemies the Dalton nephews endorsed a particular type of candy that combined a fruit gum texture with a licorice taste. It doesn’t get any more Dutch than that.

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Calvin and Garfield



Pandyland takes the Garfield Without Garfield / Calvin Without Hobbes to a next nihilist-existentialist level, with additional Dilbert admin. My head hurts!

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Fruit ‘n’ veg are the real heroes


Even though you can tell that this was done in an ad school (there are no inches of copyright information to start with), I thoroughly dig these ads promoting healthy food.  Not only are the visuals very creatively imagined, the execution is also spot-on.

Ah, and they were made in Belgium, no less! At the Tournai ad school.

(Via Ads of the World)

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Young Andy Capp



While browsing through a bound volume of the seminal Flemish comics weekly KZV from 1956, I came across this strip by Reg Smythe, created a few years before he went on and became extremely successful with his Andy Capp strip.

KZV was founded in 1945, and would be the first magazine to publish work by Flemish cartoonists like Bob De Moor, Jan Waterschoot, or Ray Goossens. Towards the end of its run (publication would seize after this volume) KZV only ran imported comics like Frédéric-Antonin Breysse’s Oscar Hamel et Isidore, Dino Battaglia’s Mark Fury, Rusty Riley by Frank Godwin (here renamed to Jack Riley for some reason), and Tarzan by Dick Van Buren and John Celardo, along with features on fast cars, sports and craft projects for “good girls”. And this little gem, by Reg Smythe…

Sadly, I have been unable to find any information on this strip, where it was originally published or even what it was called. The strip was originally published in the Junior Mirror, as Junior. An example can be found here. If you know any more, do get in touch.

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FIDH Annual report in comic format


It would seem that there’s a huge surge in reporting comics happening, on websites like Symbolia and The Nib.

FIDH, the world-wide human rights movement, goes one step further and published its 2013 yearly report in one big infographic in comics format. The strip was created by French cartoonist Romain Ronzeau, with the help of some guest artists, and is available in English, Spanish and French.

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