But we were pretty sure we had seen that drawing before, so we started digging in the archives and found the (altered) cartoon back in a 1989 press folder which was created for the Stripgidsdagen at De Warande in Turnhout, Flanders. It more precisely announced an upcoming exhibition of Bob De Moor‘s work plus it also announced that Johan De Moor had won the 1989 Bronzen Adhemar (formerly known as the ‘Stripgidsprijs’) for his Kasper series.
Inside the press folder we found a sheet of paper which held the cartoon, albeit in an adapted version. The print quality of the folder was not the best to start with so we can only show you the cartoon in the state it was published. Johan De Moor – who has just completed some new ‘Kobe De Koe’ pages for an epilogue – confirmed our suspicion that it wasn’t Bob De Moor who adapted the original cartoon.
You’ll see that the texts got changed to fit it for Johan De Moor‘s prize (the ‘Le Petit Orgue’ in the fold out that Dirk De Moor holds was however not replaced, probably forgotten) and that the head of Daniel Collette was replaced with the head of Bob De Moor.
On June 24th 1989 Chris De Moor, oldest son of Bob De Moor, celebrated his 40th birthday at the Salle St Pie X in Forest, Brussels (BE). The invitation for that birthday party was created by Bob De Moor (thanks to Alain Demaret for the tip and scan). As usual it also holds references to his son’s real life. We asked Chris De Moor for some input.
Chris: “My father got the inspiration for this drawing from a (now lost) 1981 picture from the opera in Ghent 1981 where I pose in the costume of the medieval king Heinrich der Vogler (English: Henry the Fowler) from Wagner’s opera “Lohengrin” which plays on the banks of the the Scheldt (Dutch: Schelde / French: Escaut). Hence also the crown and the sword. The candle setting fire to the cap is a typical Bob-joke.” Originally Chris also wanted to become a graphical artist like his father. He has had a training at the academie of Uccle (1961-67) and at Sint-Lukas in Brussels (1969-72). But says Chris: “I haven’t been drawing for more than 40 years now and haven’t kept anything worth showing.”
Instead of drawing, he built himself an international career as a bass singer. From 1973 until 1982 he was a member of the De Koninklijke Muntschouwburg (French: Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie) aka De Munt where he was able to show his love for opera. At the same time he studied at the conservatory in Brussels (song, opera and concert singing) and won prices at song contests in Antwerp (BE), Paris (F), Barcelona (SP) and Vercelli (IT).
He is a regular guest at the Vlaamse Opera (Flemish Opera) where he played the role of Commendatore (“Don Giovanni”), Prince Gremin (“Jevgenij Onegin”), Gualtiero (“Edgar”), Horn (“Un Ballo in Maschera”), Mr. Flint (“Billy Budd”), Nachtwächter (“Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”), Tchélio (“L’Amour des trois Oranges”) and so on.
He was also a guest singer at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (“Nabucco”, “La Damnation de Faust”) and various festivals. Next to this he performed in The Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, but mostly in France in the opera houses of Toulouse, Strassbourg, Tourcoing, Montpellier, Marseille, Nantes, Avignon with ‘La Grande Ecurie et La Chambre du Roy’ directed by Jean-Claude Malgoire.
The opera repertoire of Chris De Moor is quite elaborated. He has sung in “Zaide”, “Le Nozze di Figaro”, “Don Giovanni”, “Die Zauberflöte”, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, “La Bohème”, “Turandot”, “Nabucco”, “Otello”, “Rigoletto”, “Un Ballo in Maschera”, … Chris’ vocal performances can also be found on several CDs/LPs including Rameau’s “Platée” and Händel’s “Messiah” again directed by Jean-Claude Malgoire, both available on Amazon France.