Do you know the ECC Cartoonbooksclub?
Well it is a (virtual) network of cartoon book collectors.
In 2007 we met Jan Oplinus for the first time. Passionate about cartoon books, he came to visit the brand new ECC and, of course, it’s library. After this first visit Jan came up with an idea.
‘I do want to start a cartoon books club, for all people who are interested in cartoon books, can I use the name of the ECC?’.
Of course , that seamed us a good idea. And so the passion for cartoon books became a passion bringing cartoon book collectors together. In September 2007 Jan started the ECC cartoon books blog.
About the aim of the cartoon books club we can read:
“ECC Cartoonbooks wants to explore the world of cartoonbooks, share the pleasure of cartoonbook collecting and unite all cartoonbook collectors. Everyone is welcome to participate: collectors, beginning collectors, sympathizers, … .”
Almost every week Jan, or one of the other members posts a new article on the blog, always about cartoon books. Sometimes some rare and old pearls are reviewed or new cartoon books, tips for collectors are shared or cartoonists are described through their published cartoons.
In one of the first blog posts Jan used a stamp collecting book as inspiration. He transformed the tabel of content by swapping the word ‘stamp’ to ‘cartoon’. A good starting point for the club and it’s blog. http://www.ecc-cartoonbooksclub.blogspot.com/2007/11/about-stamps-and-cartoonbooks.html
The cartoon books club all ready has 119 members, but even more impressive are the number of visitors : 23 348 from 148 different countries in 2011. The total collection of all members consists of more than 25 000 cartoon books.
One of the most engaged members is the French well known cartoon book collector: Jean-Marie Bertin. He wrote an impressive series of posts about Searle, who passed away earlier this year.
“Collecting cartoon books is like smoking: one starts for fun, and years after years, one becomes a compulsive reader. Take care! There is an addiction to graphic humour. Anyway, one can read a book several times, but one cannot smoke the same cigarette twice. So never smoke a cartoon book and never read tobacco!” JM Bertin in ECC’s Annual Report 2008.
Do you have an interesting topic about cartoon books or are you a cartoon book collector? Contact Jan Oplinus and share your passion or must I say addiction with other cartoon book lovers.