April 22 is Earth Day. To mark the occasion, we have selected 10 of our favorite cartoons reminding us how fragile our planet is.
Sweet memories of better times. Cartoon by Osvaldo Gomez.
2. Diaper Change
Time for a change? Cartoon by Tomas.
Or maybe some medication? Cartoon by Gatis Sluka.
4. Plundering the Earth
The SvitalskyBros remind us we use the earth like there's no tomorrow.
5. The Earth
And the way earth's resources are won and distributed isn't exactly fair, says Mohamed Sabra.
It's all downhill from here. Cartoon by Payam Boromand.
The tree of life, shedding leaves. Cartoon by Ramses Izquierdo.
Antother visual how time might be running out, this one by Fabio Magnasciutti.
9. Eternal Struggle
Earth in the middle of the continuing struggle between good and evil, war and peace. Cartoon by Elchicotriste.
So cheers! Hopefully we'll be around next year to celebrate another earth day. Cartoon by Emanuele del Rosso.
Just World Books has published a collection of political cartoons by Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh:
Mohammad Sabaaneh, a talented political cartoonist from Palestine, has gained worldwide renown for his stark black-and-white sketches, which draw attention to brutalities of the Israeli occupation and celebrate the Palestinians’ popular resistance. These provocative drawings do not flinch from tackling the tough subjects that confront Palestinians, from Israel’s everyday injustices in the West Bank to their frequent military operations on Gaza. This collection includes 180 of Sabaaneh’s best cartoons, some of them depicting the experience of Palestinian political prisoners being held in Israel.
You can order the book here.
March 25 marked the 60th anniversary of the European Union. With Brexit looming and general dissatisfaction with Brussels at an all-time high among Europeans, 2017 is perhaps the most challenging year for the EU to date. Europe has always inspired cartoonists, and we have collections about the euro crisis (Greece has its own collection), the question of European unity, the refugee crisis and most recently, Brexit. Here, we have selected 10 of our favorite cartoons inspired by Europe.
1. Raising the Flag
This cartoon by Ricardo Plástiko perhaps provides the best visual metaphor for the European project. The political will might be present in the leaders of Europe, but the foundation is unsuitable for planting a flag.
2. European (Dis)integration
Ukrainian artists Alexander Dubovsky uses a similar aquatic analogy. Is the raft of Europe disintegrating, starting with England?
3. Migrant Talks
The refugee crisis has laid bare the deep divisions still present in Europe today. After 60 years of cooperation, deciding on a fair system of dividing refugees among member states is still a bridge too far. Cartoon by Hassan Bleibel.
4. On the Fence
The only thing Europeans seem to agree on is the need for more fences. Not that these fences really do any good, according to this cartoon by Marian Kamensky.
5. Terror Machine
The terror attacks that have taken place across Europe in the past year (Brussels, Nice, Berlin, London) have not helped the European project; the open, border-less society has given way to barbed wire. Cartoon by Tjeerd Royaards.
6. Grand Theft Eurozone
The persistent image of the EU is that of an out-of-control technocracy, where neoliberal policies take precedence over the interests of common Europeans. This image is aptly captured in this GTA parody by Manos Symeonakis.
7. Dead-End Track
So are we on a dead-end track? A question posed visually by Matteo Bertelli.
8. The Future of Europe
And if we are, is this the future of Europe? A revised EU flag design by Spiros Derveniotis.
9. European Gearbox
The newest effort to prevent the collapse of the EU is a multi-speed Europe. Although this might be the only viable solution, it present a new complexity in what is already seen by many to be an uncontrollable behemoth. Cartoon by Zemgus Zaharans.
10. Against the Wall
In the end, the question is if we still see the European project as something to aspire to, a way to overcome the war-torn past where walls divided east and west, or if that aspiration has proven to be unattainable, or undesirable. Europe is up against the wall in this cartoon by Enrico Bertuccioli.
Questions of copyright is a regular feature on our blog, in which we share some of our questions and concerns about how and where cartoons from Cartoon Movement are used without our permission.
Iraqi cartoonist Saad Murtadha contacted us about resistart.ir, an Iranian website that features art and cartoons from around the globe. He was rather surprised to find a comprehensive gallery of his work on this website, as he was never contacted or informed in any way. It makes us wonder how many other cartoonists have a gallery on this website without them knowing. A number of Cartoon Movement cartoonists can be found on the website.
Although it is always an honor to have people value your work, the honor becomes questionable when the website in question probably has ties to the Iran House of Cartoon (we wrote about this before) and thus the Iranian regime.
Without water, there is no life. Some see access to clean drinking water as a fundamental human right, a right disputed by companies that sell bottled water and see water as a scarce resource and therefore profitable. An undisputed fact is that fresh water is getting scarcer, and many future conflicts will be fought over access to water. For World Water Day, we've collected 10 of our favorite water cartoons. For more cartoons about water, visit our cartoon collection.
1. African Children
Stunning artwork by renowned artist Agim Sulaj, contrasting a child's need of water with the greed of bottled water manufacturers.
2. Water for All
The United Nations has for decades been committed to ensuring access to water for all. Have their promises turned into reality, as this cartoon by Giacomo Cardelli suggests?
3. Water Supply
Or is this cartoon by Belgian cartoonist Luc Vernimmen closer to reality?
4. Dry Africa
Although Africa isn't the driest continent (surprisingly, that's Antarctica, followed by Australia in second place), it is the continent where problems caused by drought are most severe. Cartoon by Tomas.
5. Uneven Distribution
Water equals wealth; this cartoon by Martirena from Cuba shows the unequal distribution of water.
6. Spot the Difference
Some children have to walk great distances each day to get fresh water, time that would be better spent in school. Cartoon by Jean Gouders.
7. Water Wars
8. Water is Life
Water is life, and fuels our intelligence and creativity. A beautiful image by Fabio Magnasciutti from Italy.
Another image that is more art than cartoon, made by Colombian graphic artist Orlando Cuellar.
10. Thirsty Earth
Water may be life, but hope is life as well. A cartoon by Elchicotriste.
Hayfaa Chalabi is a visual communicator and cartoonist originally from Iraq, now based based in Sweden. She is a beginning cartoonist, but her work shows much promise, and we’re very happy to welcome her to our community.