Tabriz cartoon museum:
A statue of a peddler`s character that has been made by Khalil Emami and Khosro Talebpoor is located in Azerbaijan cartoon museum courtyard. It is said that Rotter has created the character of this peddler in Tabriz Sahebolamr square. A great statue of another character which its design is also Rotter's works and sculpted by Mohammad Maghfooriyoon, has been installed near the entrance of museum. These statues are the symbol of Tabriz cartoonists association.
Museum has two extensive galleries that 200 original works of the most professional cartoonists such as Zelatovski, Kozobourkin, Korogli, Derzhenin, kolmshkino, Prombita, Bayram Haji Zadeh and…. haven been exhibited in these galleries . There is a showcase of cartoon items like cartoon cards, T-shirts and memorials and some cartoons have been installed on the wall of museum office. There are also more than a thousand albums with an archive of historical and foreign publications in the museum library that can be used by the public. Sixteen thousands of the original works are also kept in a wooden box in the museum archives that is available only to association officials. These works are the result of holding 13 international contests (of course up to now) by Tabriz cartoonists.
The first examples of cartoons in Azerbaijan should be searched in Stone Pictures, Statues and Columns.
There are all cartoon features in the works that they seem more than 4000 years old.
The exaggerated sculpture "shahr Yyry" in Meshkin city
are the samples knowingly exaggerated cartoons which was created four thousand years ago and are the oldest examples cartoon in the world.
The earthen wares and bowls with specific theme and cartoon exaggerated
can be found in the Museum of Azerbaijan. but the age of formal cartoon history is the age of publication and entrance
of printers in Azerbaijan.Because of becoming the gate of West to East ; like all arenas such as the school ,newspaper,Preschool ,cinema ,theater ...and the Cartoon, Tabriz is considered the first in Iran.The leaflets were printed often with gelatin print and used the cartoons in the political and social aims.The leaflets were distributed at night so their publishing place and their publishers are not clearly. But maybe we can say Mollanasreddin was one of the first publications that the Cartoon was seriously published in it. At first Mollanazsreddin was published in Teflis,after in Baku and then it came to Iran and was published in Tabriz. Jalil Mohammad Golizadeh" an intellectual and freeman who was publishing this publication " with the helps of cartoonists such as Behzad,Azimzadeh,Rooter,Shemerling, Moosa zadeh and Mohammad zadeh were generalizing cartoon.Next, some publications such as "Azerbaijan"," Hasharatol arz " and several other publications benefited from cartoons in Tabriz.They were drawing cartoons against Qajar tyrant governors, health status, superstition, colonialism ,discriminatory family relation ships. So they were often attacked.After the suppression of Constitution, cartoon was weakened in Tabriz and except some publications which they used cartoon as illustration, there wasn't any important happening in the area of cartoon until to revolution.After the revolution, the revolutionary students of different political parties and groups, used cartoons as a tool to humiliate and ridicule and suppression of opponents. Therefore cartoon was damaged and publications were stopped.In the late sixties; once again, Tabriz's Cartoon began to work in some groups such as Tarkhoon,Cactus,Gunash,Sizdah,Kirpi , etc. And it reorganized itself that the product of this effort was Tabriz Cartoonist Association in 2002.Simultaneous with establishment the first and only cartoon registered and formal organization in Iran; publication, website and the competitions were started widespread activity.FECO Iran was established and people welcomed cartoons.It isn't exaggerate if we say Tabriz cartoon has started its golden years and all important activities of young cartoonists promise a fruitful future for the art in Tabriz.
One of the oldest piece of cartoon in Azerbaijan
Over 500 stone steles bearing images of faces of men and women with no mouths are discovered at "Shahr Yeri" in Ardebil province. All the details of these steles are exaggerated, which is the main core of cartooning .These steles are arranged one after another in the form of a wall and date back to the Iron Age. Shahr yeri is located near Pirazmeyan village, 32 kilometers off of Meshkin Shahr in Ardebil province. The discovered steles enjoy unique characteristics, and the remains of earthenware and rare stones on the stone platforms beneath the steles indicate that the place used to be a temple where the inhabitants made offerings. The temple floor was made of stone, although no sign of its ceiling has been found yet. The steles vary in height from 35 centimeters to 230 centimeters. It seems that the temple was very important in the time before the Urartians invaded the region, but then the temple lost its prominence. The urartians were famous for attacking the beliefs of the inhabitants of every region they occupied in their invasions. The steles are made of tuff, which is not heavy and are covered with many details such as weapons. The weapons on the steles are extremely varied and are similar to those found in the graves of Iron Age I in" shahr yeri". All the details of each face are engraved on the steles except for the mouth, which seems to have a religious meaning.