#AtoZChallenge | I is for Illustrators


It had been a long time since I had added a Smurf to the album! This Schtrompfvache or Smurf cow, drawn by the French cartoonist Michel Cambon, was sent by Heleen (the Netherlands).

On the envelope, and inside, more Smurfs appeared, along with some Dick Bruna's (recently passed away) stamps.



Smurfs (on comics, not on TV) were my heroes as a child. But I did not met Miffy until adulthood. Have you discovered any children character as an adult? Which one was your favourite in your childhood?

40 comments:

  1. Eva, what a charming postcard! I'd be tempted never to send these out but to hoard them.

    Iktsuarpok and Irusu: Exotic Words with no English Equivalent

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    1. I can understand you! :)

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  2. That is sooooo cute.

    (I seem to be having a problem with Blogger today so I hope this comment goes through)
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I am a big fan of Smurfs, and this postcard made my day, sure!

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    2. I'm sorry, I don't know what it is wrong, but I still can't access your site!

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    3. les schtroumpfs sont bleus car ils consomment les baies du salsepareille ( non consommables pour les humains)! C'était très schtroumpfant de lire leurs aventures !!!!!!!!

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  3. Such a sweet post. Thank you.
    My childhood favourites were characters from a Hindi comic series (Chacha Chawdhary) and Tin Tin.
    I like your children's jigsaw idea:) I also like this: "the weak sunlight dipped below the horizon until it became black." Am intrigued to see how all this ends up.
    I is for Island of Brac

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    1. I've just googled Chacha Chaudhary, I had never heard about. But Tintin, yes, a favourite of mine, too!

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  4. What a cute one!!! Never saw a smurf cow before, and I have to say it is really cute!


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    Sylvia @ The Creative Life

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    1. A great mix, isn't it? :D

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  5. I love how Bruna's zebra is on a very dark background - at first I thought it was black, leaving just the white stripes.

    Things I learned as an adult - Mole is really Polish, and The Magic Roundabout is actually French!

    Mail art from A to Z.

    Phillip | I is for IUOMA

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    1. Little Mole is Czech, isn't he?! I loved to see his animation movies as a child, and some years ago the serie was issued on dvd. Still great!

      The Magic Roundabout is new to me, I should discover it :-)

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    2. Oh, yes, that's me mixing up my eastern European countries.

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  6. I've always been envious of illustrators' ability to draw. My childhood hero was Just William but I only read about him in books. My favourite illustrator has to be Hablot Browne, Dicken's illustrator PHiz.

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    1. The names are new to me. But I have seen the works of all these without knowing the names. And yes: I'm also very jealous.

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  7. I don't care for the smurf cow, it's just odd, just used to seeing them on two feet I guess

    I used to like rainbow brite, so much colors...

    have a lovely day.

    ~ my I post - Illustration~

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    1. I also loved Raibow Brite! I always tried to draw the characters.

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  8. What a fun postcard. I watched smurfs on TV as as child. My favorite illustrated character (not TV) is Winnie the Pooh as illustrated by Sheppard.

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    1. Winnie the Pooh is very popular in Spain, but I have never read the books.

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  9. I so loved this one! It's cute! I used to like a character called Mowgli, from the jungle book. Heard of him?

    Shubhangi @ The Little Princess

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    1. Yes, I used to love Mowgli and Baloo. Especially the second... maybe because I was very fond of bananas ;)

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  10. I have never seen a smurf cow but I like that cow:) I was always big into Bugs Bunny and the gang. Marvin the Martian always cracked me up

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    1. I love Bugs Bunny (cheeky he is...), but Marvin the Martian is new to me.

      Thanks for your comment!

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  11. That's a cute bunch of illustrators..I loved a lot of cartoon character named Suppandi,Chacha Chaudhary etc

    Launching SIM Organics This April

    *Menaka Bharathi *

    *SimpleIndianMom*

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    1. Second time that Chacha Chaudhary appears here today. I'm learning a lot! :D

      (Sory: the link you posted doesn't work)

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  12. Anonymous11.4.17

    I like the smurfs when I was young and Lucky Luke!

    Josefine from
    Getting to the end

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  13. My favorite as a child was The Cat in the Hat.

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    1. I didn't know this one.

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  14. I discovered The Lorax sone years ago (as a grown-up :-) ) although I knew the Cat in the Hat in earlier years.

    I loved to play with the small Smurf puppets, but the Smurf comics - though I read and loved it - I didn't read as much as I did read Suske en Wiske (Bob and Bobette), and of course Uderzo/Morris/Goscinny's comics.

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    1. I think that still I know the Smurfs comics by heart. And also other comics not intended to children: Mafalda.

      (I've seen you got the Quino characters stamp! I didn't buy this one because it is not very useful for sending letters, with the value of 3€)

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  15. That's one seriously cute cow! Haven't seen a cartoon postcard before, learnt something new here.

    Childhood favourites - Tin Tin and a Bengali character called Batul the Great. Slightly behind with my reading schedule today...already past time for the next post..

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    1. Cartoon postcards always make me smile :)

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  16. As a child, I liked Astroboy.

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    1. I learned about Astroboy thank to mail, too :)

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  17. My favorite childhood character was probably Pippi Langstrumpf. Strangely enough, a pen pal from Sweden sent me a Pippi Langstrumpf card a couple of days ago.

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  18. Speaking of illustrators, I've really been enjoying the A-Z posts from: https://what-is-hoped-for.com (drawing a different character each day.)

    For me, one of my favourite childhood shows was My Little Pony, so I get to see them everywhere again now hehe!

    Here's my "I" post :) http://nataliewestgate.com/2017/04/impatient-secret-diary-of-a-serial-killer

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    1. Thanks for the link. I'm afraid I was too old for My Little Pony :P

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Thank you for coming. All your comments make me extremely happy.