Cartoon museum meeting 2012

the 4th cartoon museum meeting will be held in Kruishoutem – Belgium

Once upon a time 2012/09/09

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 Cartoon directors and staff members from all over the world were in Kruishoutem, the little village of eggs.

They shared stories about the successes of their museums, first in groups of two, later with the others: empowering and educating children about cartoons by workshops, political correctness and interaction between the museum, visitors and cartoons are common elements in their stories.

After that, a big step in the future 2025 and they won the prize of ‘the international museum of the decade’. How did they reach this big achievement?

– By working together, sharing ideas and exhibitions and by being all one museum, working together.

– By bringing the collection to the people, people who can decide by themselves what they get to see in the museum

– By making the museum a virtual museum, with every day a new curator and debates between cartoonists and the possibility to make 3Dprints, so that everyone can have an original cartoon in their own house.

– By making it a place where children learn about cartoons

– By allowing the world to read the only remaining newspaper, one with cartoons only

OK this was a dream, but all good projects start with a dream


Conclusions by Sebastien

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To conclude this interesting conference we gathered our information and tried to make them as concrete as possible. We all know that it’s not always easy to act out what you talk about. On the one hand everybody agrees to digitalize the collections, so the idea of a huge virtual museum comes a bit closer. On the other hand it remains important to show live art to the public. One of the ideas was to have travelling national collections and make worldwide advertising (using social media). The national cartoon museum day was an idea that was supported by everyone (3th of April). Hence everybody emphasized the need of good exchange to promote this thing we all love the most: cartoons. I think most of us are going to take home some fresh ideas, which have gotten somehow more concrete, and of course some new or renewed friendships. One love.


Birthday speech of president Rudy in short

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5 years ago I was so proud that we finally could open the doors of the European Cartoon Center in my home town Kruishoutem. And still I had some doubts. Will it be possible to realize everything we have planned? Every 3 months new exhibitions, opening ceremonies, receiving visitors, groups, schools, the cleaning, … and all this only with volunteers, without finance of the government.

So today, I am not only proud, I am more than proud. We did it! The past 5 years we realized more than 40 exhibitions, our cartoon book collection tripled, we organized workshops and seminars for cartoonists, workshops for kids, …

Nice results that only could be achieved by the work of a fantastic team of volunteers. Thanks Jan, Véronique, Monique, Filip, Rita, Philippe, Ro, Herman, Anthony, Sebastien, Dominique, Paul, Fernand and Saskia for your amazing work and all those great moments.

And thanks to Jan Oplinus, the initiator of the ECC Cartoonbooksclub, he is a great ambassador for the ECC.

And we are still planning a lot of projects for the future: a permanent exhibition about the history of Belgian cartoons, the 19th edition of the Euro-kartoenale, some nice exhibitions next year. But all our dreams and plans can only be realized with the help of you all, the cartoonists, cartoon lovers and ‘Friends of the ECC’. So thanks for that!






Impressions of Joe Wos

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In my life, I have never felt more welcome, more at home, more with my own people than I do here at this conference in Belgium.

I feel as if I have known you all a lifetime in just a few days. Perhaps it is because of your welcoming spirit, but I suspect it is something more. It is because of our shared passion! Despite any cultural differences we all might have we share a love of cartoons and a respect for their impact on society and the world.

Despite our literal journey from different parts of the world, we each traveled the same figurative journey to get where we are today. We each had dreams of opening museums dedicated to cartoons. We each made personal sacrifices, long hours, and a great amount of work into making that idea a reality. Even with that exhausting journey just to open our museums we still get excited and invigorated when new ideas are presented to us. We recognize that this gathering presents many exciting opportunities! This passion and enthusiasm is something only a kindred spirit can truly understand.

When I left for the conference from my home in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, I posted the list of the many countries that would be attending. Many of my friends jokingly said “see what you can do about world peace!”

It was meant to be a joke but if there is one thing we know as cartoon museums and cartoonists, it is that there is truth and power in humor. While we did not bring about world peace here at the conference, we did build collaborations and friendships that span across oceans and differences.

Perhaps the first step to peace and brotherhood throughout the world is to educate one another. By sharing exhibitions from other countries and cultures that build on our common interest in cartoons we can playfully point out our many differences and learn from one another. By learning our differences perhaps we all learn, we are not so different after all. Our museums are all different, and yet all the same in our shared love of cartoons and efforts to preserve, educate and elevate the art form.

I look forward to sharing the exhibitions of your museums with our fans in the United States, I look forward to educating the American public about the many talented cartoonists from around the world whose work you represent, and most important I look forward to continued friendship and collaboration with each and every one of you.


ToonSeum, Pittsburgh, PA, USA


Cartoon Contest Survey 2012/09/08

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During the Cartoon Museum Conference the results of the Cartoon Contest Survey conducted by the ECC, was presented.

The survey did have two parts:

  • a survey for cartoonists
  • a survey for cartoon organisations

The results give a clear view on which are the decisive criterions for cartoonists to participate or not in a cartoon contest. A must read for all organisers of cartoon contests and of course by the participating cartoonists.

The full report

The powerpoint presentation



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An other traditional Belgian dish cooked for our conference guests by Veronique

Waterzooi is a classic stew in Flanders (“zooien” meaning “to boil). The original form was made of fish, today chicken waterzooi is more common. The most accepted theory is that rivers of Ghent became too polluted and the fish there disappeared. It is said to have been the favorite dish of the Emperor Charles V (1500–1558) who was born in Ghent.


8 pieces of chicken
1 onion
2 bay leaves
2 cloves
2 leeks
2 large carrots
2 tender ribs of celery
500 grams of potatoes
1 sprig fresh thyme
20 cl cream
freshly grated nutmeg, salt, pepper
2 tablespoons chopped chives


Remove the skin from the chicken. Cut the onion into quarters and stick the bay leaves and clove gently on it. Cut the cleaned and washed leeks into rings. Cut the carrots and the celery into slices. Halve the bigger potatoes if necessary. Place chicken pieces with the onion and thyme in a saucepan and add enough water to just cover the chicken. Bring to the boil and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the onion and thyme. Put the potatoes, leek, carrot and celery in the pan. Bring back to the boil and let it simmer for 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Stir the cream into the pan and season to taste with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Spoon the casserole in a preheated soup tureen or put the pan on the table.
Sprinkle with chives.



Our dreams in a wordcloud

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Staff and team members of the cartoon museums did develop together a dream for 2025. This word cloud is representing the ideas of their big dreams



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