Dan Murphy was the editorial cartoonist for The Province, a newspaper in Vancouver, Canada. He now lives in Ireland and makes political cartoons and animations for various clients.
Ayman Alwusabi (aka Ayman Toon) is our second cartoonist from Yemen. Ayman is only 20 years old, but his work shows great potential. We are happy to give him a platform to show his work to an international audience.
Fragment from 'South Sudan: The Price of War, The Price of Peace'
In April 2015, we published South Sudan: Who Got What, a comic written by Alex de Waal and drawn by Victor Ndula. Over the past months, Alex and Victor have been working on the sequel, which tells the story of South Sudan’s civil war and the efforts to bring peace. The new comic, South Sudan: The Price of War, The Price of Peace will be published on Monday February 8.
Every year, a exhibition of the best political cartoons by Dutch cartoonists travels to different locations in the Netherlands. In March, the exhibition will be on display in the east of the Netherlands in the town of Arnhem. To accompany the exhibition, Dutch cartoonists (including several cartoonists from our own community) will go head to head in a Cartoon Battle. Unfortunately, the event is in Dutch; below is more information about the event (also in Dutch):
Image by Trik
In maart strijkt INKTSPOT neer in Dudok Arnhem, de reizende expositie met de beste politieke tekeningen van het politiek jaar 2014-2015. Ter gelegenheid van de opening van de expositie wordt op donderdag 3 maart om 19.00 uur de INKTSPOT battle gevoerd en gedebatteerd over vrijheid van expressie. Het debat komt tot stand in samenwerking met ArtEZ hogeschool voor de kunsten en boekhandel Het Colofon.
Dudok heeft ArtEZ hogeschool voor de kunsten uitgenodigd om samen te werken rondom INKTSPOT. Voor de studenten van de opleiding Illustration Design is het project politiek tekenen in dit semester een vast onderdeel. Zij gaan donderdagmiddag 3 maart met tekenaars en docenten HAJO en TRIK aan de slag in de masterclass politiek tekenen. De twee studenten die de beste resultaten laten zien doen die zelfde avond mee aan de battle met ‘de grote jongens’. In de arena van Dudok gaan de tekenaars de strijd met elkaar aan. Je kijkt als genodigde mee hoe actuele onderwerpen worden vertaald naar spotprenten. In de battle: ARGUS; Tjeerd Royaards; HAJO; Benjamin Kikkert; Maarten Wolterink; TRIK; Merijn Beeldverteller, Gezienus Bruining en Job van der Molen en de 2 beste ArtEZ studenten. De battle wordt begeleid door DJ MistaSweet.
De jury kiest diezelfde avond nog de winnaar van de battle. Battlejury: Saskia Bak (directeur Museum Arnhem), Zihni Özdil (historicus en schrijver) en Marc Boumeester (directeur AKI ArtEZ Enschede)
Tjeerd Royaards in actie tijdens de battle. Foto: Jhartho Kempink
Aansluitend volgt een debat over vrijheid van expressie. Het debat wordt ingeleid door ridder van het vrije woord Zihni Özdil, historicus, columnist bij NRC Handelsblad en schrijver. Zihni Özdil schreef o.a. het boek Nederland mijn Vaderland en staat bekend om zijn pleidooien voor de vrijheid van meningsuiting van zowel Geert Wilders als “haatimams”. De andere gasten zijn: Eduard Nazarski (directeur Amnesty International), Tjeerd Royaards (Hoofdredacteur Cartoon Movement, Cartooning for peace), Marijn Schrijver (hoofdredacteur Nieuwe Revu), Marc Boumeester (directeur Aki ArtEZ Enschede). Het gesprek wordt geleid door moderator Marlies Leupen.
Toegang tot het event: 5 euro, studenten gratis.
Hajo in actie tijdens de battle. Foto: Jhartho Kempink
De spotprenten in dit jaaroverzicht 2014-2015 raken op scherpe en humoristische wijze de kern van het onderwerp. In januari 2015 werden de cartoonisten in het hart geraakt door de terreuraanslag op het satirische weekblad Charlie Hebdo. Zij uitten hun verdriet, boosheid en opstandigheid in hun tekeningen, die in deze Inktspot zijn samengebracht als hommage. De expositie is een initiatief van de Stichting Pers & Prent en wordt georganiseerd in samenwerking met Het Persmuseum en de Kunstcommissie van Nieuwspoort.
De expositie INKTSPOT in café-brasserie Dudok is van 1 maart tot 4 april 2016 dagelijks gratis te bezichtigen, Koningstraat 40 in Arnhem. Toegang tot het evenement op 3 maart is 5 euro, studenten gratis.
On Wednesday January 27 we publish a comic by Dutch artist Mei-Li Nieuwland. The comic explores issues of privacy and security in a world where most of us share a lot of data about ourselves online each day.
The comic is not comics journalism like we normally publish; a partly fictional story, CTRL reads more like a philosophical essay, exploring the origins of the need to control society that is often felt by those in power. CTRL also shows why this quest for control is ultimately doomed to fail.
Abdelghani Dahdouh is a cartoonist from Morocco. How work has been published in several Moroccan newspapers. He is also general coordinator of the National Festival of Caricature, an annual event in Chefchaouen, Morocco.
Gary Waters joined us in December, but we haven’t had a chance to introduce him until now. Gary is an illustrator living in France. His work has appeared in the Wall Street journal, the New York Times and the European Financial Review and many other publications.
Image by John Kennedy
One year ago, 11 people were murdered in Paris in an attack on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo. Murdered because of cartoons. Lines drawn on paper; lines some people did not agree with. A senseless and tragic attack, and yet more proof of the power that images can have.
Since 2010 Cartoon Movement provides a platform for cartoonists from all over the world to share their images. Images that make you laugh, images that sometimes provoke and offend. But always with the goal to make you think. This year, we felt it was more important than ever to give our cartoonists the freedom to publish cartoons on topics they felt the need to draw about. In 2015, the Democracy & Media Foundation gave us the financial means to publish 100 cartoons this year. No strings attached.
Our goal is to to publish cartoons that show different views and perspectives. We think freedom of expression is best served by a free public debate. A debate in which there is room for different opinions. And cartoons are great at showing different opinions.
This is what our platform is best at: provide space for cartoonists to publish. Many of our cartoonists live and work in countries where they are not free to draw everything. Cartoon Movement offers them a platform to work that they would otherwise not be able to publish, to show this to an international audience.
And we had some great cartoons this year.
Such as a cartoon of the Burmese cartoonist Kyaw Thu Yein. This year, Burma (aka Myanmar) held free general elections for the first time in 25 years. We ran a project to put the spotlight on Burmese cartoonists and give them space publish their cartoons with us in the run-up to these historic elections. Thu Yein was one of these cartoonists : without text, this cartoon shows how a (military) dictator fears the power of the people. A cartoon that will be understood by anyone anywhere in the world.
Being a cartoonist is not easy. Often cartoonists are far from free to draw what they want. If it's not the government that is threatening to censor their work, there is always the danger that extremists (religious or otherwise) will take offense to a particular cartoon. Osama Hajjaj from Jordan experienced this when he made a cartoon about women and Islam. It is in many ways it's a fairly innocent cartoon. We see two families having fun on the beach. But in the second panel, the wife of one family is forced to watch while other are having fun in the water; religious rules do not allow her to go swimming with her family.
Osama received death threats from ISIS because of this cartoon. His response: 'Those cowards will not stop me. I still believe that freedom of thought and expression is a human right. "The immense popularity of this cartoon shows how powerful this medium is and why the freedom of it is a human right.' We couldn't agree more, and so does our audience, as this was our most popular cartoon of the year.
Recently, another threat emerged from an unexpected place. Osama's employer (he works in advertising, in addition to his work as a cartoonist) got wind of his work as a political cartoonist. The company wants to force him to sign a statement in which he promises not to make 'political' drawings anymore. At present it seems that Osama will need to quit his job to continue drawing. Together with other organizations (such as Cartooning for Peace) we are looking how we can best help him. Because we believe it is essential that his voice continues to be heard.
Another cartoon that is worth mentioning, was made following the drowning of the three-year-old Syrian refugee boy Aylan. Many cartoonists made a cartoon featuring this iconic image, but few did it as well as Rafat Alkhateeb. This also was one of our more popular cartoons of the year that too much is taken up by other media. One of our goals is to provide a platform for a new generation of cartoonists like 26 year-old Rafat. We can offer hime the opportunity to develop his talent for a large audience.
Giving space to young and experienced cartoonists from all over the world. Offer space for different perspectives. And providing space for discussion. With our audience more than doubling in 2015 in comparison with previous years, we can certainly say our cartoons have had an impact. And will hopefully continue to have impact in 2016.