14th International George van Raemdonck Cartoon Contest of Boechout 2020, Belgium

vzw. International humour in art with their partners Boechout Municipality, Boechout Cultural Council, DF-Boechout-Vremde are pleased to announce their :
1. Subject: The Clear Line
1. Introduction: George van Raemdonck, the first Flemish cartoon artist
Willy Van der Steen, Marc Sleen, Bob de Moor ,,, are justly called to be “the fathers of the Flemish cartoon strip” but they were not the first cartoonists. George van Raemdonk already preceded these pioneers of the Flemish cartoon story in the early twenties, although however through publishing in The Netherlands. His text cartoon “Bulletje en Boonestaak” was one of the first successful Dutch cartoon strips being a cartoon story with text written underneath the pictures. In the States the speech bubble already made its entry at the end of the 19th century and was thereby a lot quicker integrated. One of the first European cartoon artists who used the speech bubble in the cartoon strip was Hergé in his “De avonturen van Kuifje” (The adventures of Tintin).
2. The Clear line (and Hergé)
When Hergé (Remi Georges) started on his first “Kuifje” in 1929 it was in a rather simple style. With a few clear lines he succeeded to suggest innumerable other lines without losing the totality. This style later become known worldwide as “the clear line”. What he put in picture was minimal and stylistic, as much in his figures as his background. Just attending to the story according to his idea meant telling a clear and evident story, whereby the attention was drawn to the pure black & white drawing in which only the graphical has priority. The “Clear Line” is hereby the appellation of a certain kind of drawing style. It ‘s a bit like going back to the original drawings: rough and authentic, clear segment divisions with tight lines or drawings with contour lines. It is a (semi-) realistic drawing style with cartoonlike characters. It is the art of omitting, keeping the essentials whilst excessive details, shadows and shadings are ignored or scarcely drawn. In the “Clear Line” far away or close-up objects are all drawn with more or less the same line thickness. This means that not only relations between characters and objects on the same level can be connected but also background objects can easily be highlighted. That relation in depth is clearly a strong point in the “Clear Line” . When colours are used it will always be a clear and equal colouring without transformation. Many artists were heavily fascinated by “Kuifje” during their childhood so that they also started drawing with clear and straight lines with the same characteristics as Hergé but in combination with their very personal touch. Such as Pom, alias Jozef Van Hove (1919-2014) who lived in Boechout for a while.
He was a Belgian draftsman and screenwriter famous for strips like “Piet Pinter” and “Bert Bibber”.
Pom’s technical education played an important role in many of his stories. He was also very good at drawing movements, such as cars that bounced while taking a sharp bend. During an interview he mentioned that in the early stages he was strongly influenced by the so called “Clear Line” of Hergé. His characters cursed however more modestly: Holy Bimbam!
3. The other line.
Apart from reading strips in my childhood i was also fascinated by ‘La Linea’ of Osvaldo Cavandoli. It was mainly the interaction between man and artist in an inconceivable language that i found marvellous. Every sequence of points (geometrical, physical, imaginary, …) is called “a line” for example a pipeline or a line of conduct. The Flemish Transport company “DE LIJN” (The Line) guarantees urban and regional public transport in the Flemish County. The name indicates a connection in Public Transport e.g. bus line/metro line. Also at the railways we are talking about the same connections such as rail lines. But also a rope that unites 2 points, people, … is called “a line” e.g. washing line. When one is talking about an effective process, one is mainly thinking of a production line instead of a product line. And when you want to appear in certain expensive clothing lines you need to have a perfect line or start with “lining” (slimming) to end up with a perfect figure. You can also hold or have somebody or someone dangling on a line. Drawing the final line, pulling at the same line or having a line all looks similar but there are clear differences. In general line it is important to draw in between the lines or walk within straight lines so that you don’t end up at the other end of the vertical line. Sometimes a wrinkle or frown on somebody’s face, hand or skin is also called a line. But let us draw the final line by asking the ultimate question: Is the Telephone line or Blood line also a “Clear Line”?
2. Deadline: 31st of May 2020
3. Prizes:
1st prize: 1500 € Prize George van Raemdonck – Boechout Municipality
2nd prize: 750 € Cultural Council
3rd prize: 500 € ZEPPO (cartoonist – 21)
4th prize: 250 € IHA
5th prize: 150 € DF-Boechout-Vremde (Best Flemish cartoonist).
…. other prizes possible, they will be announced on the website ….
4. Entries:
Initially each participant can send before 31.05.2020, at most 10 works in digital form via this link. The author must indicate in his e-mail the following information: his first name, last name, his complete address, his e-mail address, his phone number, his birth date, the category and the title or the number of each work. The characteristics of these electronic sending are as follows: format JPEG, good quality and max. 500 KB per picture. The organizers agree the sending of originals by post for those who do not have a computer.
Out of these e-mails the jury will make a selection of 100-150 drawings and will request from the authors of these works the sending by mail of the originals for the choice of the prizes and the publication in the catalogue. All these originals will be shown in the exhibition and in the catalogue. Their size will be DIN A4 (210x297mm), good quality paper, not folded and without a passe-partout.
On the back side of every work must be clearly mentioned the first name, last name, complete address, e-mail address, phone number, birth date of the author, the category as well as the title or the number of the work. This deadline is 17.07.2020.
5. Technique:
Free, black and white or in color, without subtitles. The organizers prefer classic cartoon artwork but digitally created works are accepted but will not be sent back. They must be signed by their creator on the back side and be numbered by 1/1. Photos and copies of original works will be eliminated.
6. Exhibition:
The award ceremony will be held on Saturday the 3rd of October 2020 at 20 h. in Theater Boechout Vooruit, St.-Bavoplein 17, Boechout where also the exhibition will take place in the Foyer from the 3rd of October until the 8th of November 2020 during the events in the Theater (see: www.Boechout.be) and also specially on Tuesday the 6th of October (Annual Market Day and Boechout Fair) from 10 until 17 h. and on Sunday the 8th of November 2020 from 13 until 17 h.
It’s possible that the exhibition will travel to other cities and countries.
7. Returns:
After these exhibitions and only if the author asked for it the selected original works will be returned to their authors except the works selected for one of the prizes. The awarded works will become property of vzw. IHA. The organizer cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage of the return postage.
8. Catalogue:
The authors whose works will be selected for the exhibition will receive a free catalogue by mail together with his work(s). Prize winners will get their catalogue during the award ceremony.
9. Results:
The publication of the results will be done on the website www.iha.be after 3rd of 0ctober 2020. The award winners selected by the jury will be personally informed by e-mail or by phone. The final decisions of the jury, which will meet on the 25th of July 2020, are incontestable.
11. Copyright:
The selected participants allow the organizers to use their works only for promoting the author, as well as the event. All other copyright remains property of the author.
11. Generalities:
The works should not have been awarded before. By taking part to this contest the participants agree to the abovementioned rules.
12.Address to send the originals to:
Culturele dienst gemeente BOECHOUT
George van Raemdonck Kartoenale
Jef van Hoofplein 21/A
B2530 Boechout
13. Further information:
Ronald Vanoystaeyen (iha@yucom.be – Phone: 32.(0)3.455.58.44)
Cultuur Dienst Boechout (cultuur@boechout.be phone:32.(0)3.460.06.84)
Source: https://www.iha.be/kartoenale-2020/regulations-eng/.

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