Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Belgian comics stamps for 2012

Belgium is traditionally a bountiful source for stamps with a comics or cartoons theme, but 2012 promises to be an exceptionally good year.  No less than six different issues will probably of interest to the collector.

The main event is slated for september, when a full sheet of nine stamps will be issued, featuring nine important characters from Belgian comics : Jommeke, Cori, Gaston Lagaffe, Nero, Suske en Wiske, Jerry Spring, Blake & Mortimer, the Smurfs, Lucky Luke and, of course, Tintin.  

The other issues include:
  • The annual youth philately issue, featuring imagery by cartoonist Karl Meersman (January)
  • A Visit Belgium tourist issue, with a design by Ever Meulen (February)
  • A 3D stamp commemorating the Titanic disaster, as designed by François Schuiten (April)
  • A stamp celebrating 50 years of independence in Rwanda and Burundi, designed by Gert Dooreman (May)
  • A stamp commemorating the Zenobé Gramme sailing vessel, with artwork by William Vance (September)
All stamps will be available from the BPost website but, as ever, only in due course...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Team Cul de Sac stamp #4 now available

Joe Sutliff's special Hanukah drawing of the Otterloop children and friend scan now be purchased at Zazzle, as of just a few minutes ago. Joe says, "I was baking dreidles for the Sunday school when I had this idea, so I just drew it."

Barbara Dale's TCDS stamp #2 went out on my Christmas cards today.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Team Cul de Sac Zazzle stamps for sale

Barbara Dale's stamp has been revised to lighten it up so you can see Alice better, and David Hagen volunteered his artwork for stamp #3. Collect them all! It's for charity!


Disney on Stamps

I am in the process of starting a Disney on Stamps Study Unit with the American Topical Association. Anyone can join. Membership is free. The society will be online only. At present my Disnemation website has had a few changes made to make it the headquarters of the Disneyana on Stamps Society and once the society is functioning (hopefully by January 2012) a quarterly newsletter will be available for members only. If you are interested check out my website at There is a membership application form on the site, fill it out and email it to me at and you will become a life member. No dues!

Also of interest to Cartoon collectors is the new ATA Handbook of Disney on Stamps due early next year. Every Disney stamp from 1968 to 2011 including postal cards, souvenir stamp sheets, aerograms and of course every single stamp!

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Bill Silvester

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cartoonist who used postage stamps featured in article

Historicist: Armed with a Felt Pen and a Sense of Humour
Master of the cartoonist's pen but burdened by inner turmoil, George Feyer is a long-neglected mid-century pop culture figure.
By Kevin Plummer
Torontoist December 3 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Gorey's envelope art

Here's a well-illustrated article on the new book on Edward Gorey's envelope art.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Costa Rica's Tricolin stamp

In addition to the gag cartoonists stamps, this year's children's stamp is Don Carlos Enrique Figueroa Quesada's cartoon character Tricolin. They are also available via the Costa Rican Post website.

Belgian post issues new Tintin stamp

It's been announced for quite a long time, but the new Tintin stamp is finally here.  It features images from all films that have featured the quiffed one, and is available from the Belgian Post Philately Website.  Earlier this year, a second comics-themed sheet was issued with artwork by a host of Belgian gag cartoonists.

100 Years of Finnish comics

Finland has a long tradition of comics-themed post stamps, with their annual Moomin issue.  This year, an additional set of stamps was issued, celebrating 100 years of Finnish comics.  For each of the decade from the 1910's until the 1960's, a character that first appeared in that time is presented on one of the stamps.  The series was designed by cartoonist Ville Tietäväinen, and is available as a sheet of self-adhesive stamps, an FDC and a cancelled postcard.  More info on the stamps and on how to order on the Finland Post Website.

new comics stamp from Greenland

Last May, The Greenland post office published a third issue in their series on Greenland comics.  It features the Character Kaassassuk and is available in a myriad of formats, including a number of FDC's and a leaflet. Check the Greenland Post Website.

Costa Rica honors it celebrated cartoonists

A first series of two stamps focusing on cartoonists from Costa Rica, features artwork by Francisco “Paco” Hernández, Noé Solano, Hugo Díaz “Lalo” and Jorge Chavarría.  They are available via the Costa Rican Post website.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Jack Ohman cartoon stamps

The New York Times just reprinted Jack Ohman's cartoon from July 7, 2010 and it's on the Oregonian, his newspaper's website, here.
I know him slightly. Perhaps I can convince him to sell these stamps at Zazzle...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Norway issues cartoon stamps

Crack cartoonist Ryan Claytor (whose done his own postage at Zazzle) tells me that Jason shows four stamps, including one of his art on his blog at

Also included are Nemi by Lise Myhre, Frode Överli,and Christopher Nielsen.

I need a set of these if anyone's reading up there...

Edward Gorey's illustrated envelopes

The book is Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer.

See this article for more details:

Edward Gorey's Never-Before-Seen Letters and Illustrated Envelopes
by Maria Popova
Brain Pickings September 15 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

Just because you draw a cartoon character on it...

...doesn't mean that children will flock to your stamp collector's kid, especially if you don't put any cartoon stamps actually in it. Here's the press release and here's the Stanley Gibbons ordering site.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Team Cul de Sac Zazzle stamp now available

My friend the cartoonist Richard Thompson is a suffering from Parkinson's disease and has agreed to let the characters from his Cul de Sac comic strip be used to raise funds for Michael J. Fox's foundation. Using the art that Richard created, here's the first in what I hope will be a set of stamps to raise money for this cause.
Another TCdS fund-raiser!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

USPS 'Go Green' stamps surprise

The US Postal Service's 'Go Green' sheet of stamps are drawn by an animator, Eli Noyes. Animated versions of the stamps are online as are his preliminary sketches. This appears to be a main page of information, and here's the press release.
The USA Philatelic cataloge (16: 2, 2011) explains the stamps design:
"The idea was to keep it light," says art director Derry Noyes, "not to scold as if shaking a finger and saying, 'Go do all these things and make the planet better."
She knew of one artist who might be perfect for the job: a filmaker and animator who founded a nonprofit group, Climate Cartoons, to create kid-friendly environmental messages. So in the spirit of "reuse and recyle," Derry recyled one of her oldest relationships - recruiting her older brother, Eli, for the project.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Keith Knight on the US Post Office

Keith Knight's The Knight Life strip was on the US Post Office today.

Ted Rall on stamp design

Rall, Ted.
STAMPED OUT: The Statue of Liberty Stamp Error and the End of America.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Captain America Cinderella

The comic store Thing from Another World is advertising free shipping today with this Captain America stamp.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mark Doeffinger's JD Salinger cartoon stamp

Mark Doeffinger writes in:

While I was reading a review of a new biography of J.D. Salinger this morning, the attached cartoon popped into my head. So I drew it this afternoon.


Thanks, Mark!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

2011 Israel stamp features cartoon character

Ofer B reports on a new Israeli stamp of interest coming out on February 7th:


The tail of the stamp has "Chamudi" (the HMO's current mascot) on it. "Chamudi" is a comic-strip character created by Daniela London-Dekel and published for a long time by Ha'aretz weekly supplement. It moved to "Yedioth Achronot" newspaper about three years ago. It is also the HMO service's mascot for roughly five years now.

Here is a link to a good strip published at Ha'aretz a while back:


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Two faux stamps from the Washington Post

A recent rendering of a real stamp by Polly Becker, January 21 2011

The famous Flying Jenny reinterpreted by Eric Shansby to feature Gene Weingarten, April 25, 2010

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Nice Forever stamp parody

John Trever did a nice Forever stamp parody which is reproduced in this article -

Albuquerque Journal Cartoonist Retires After 34 Years

By Rob Tornoe

Tornoe's Caroon News January 21st, 2011