S.M.J. Taheri is a cartoonist from Iran. He has been working as a cartoonist for eight years and his work is published in various magazines and on websites in Iran.
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.
Movies that Matter is a festival of films about human rights taking place between March 24 and April 1 in The Hague, the Netherlands. One of the movies programmed at the festival is Tickling Giants, a documentary about Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian John Stewart, and his satirical TV show simply called ‘The Show’. The Show mocked Egyptian leadership and managed to draw an audience of 30 million viewers per show across the Arab World.
The Egyptian cartoonist Andeel was part of the production team of the show. The show was forced to stop in 2014, because the team felt it was no longer safe to make satire. Presenter Bassem Youssef fled to the United Sates, but Andeel is still in Egypt making cartoons.
Andeel is a guest at the Movies that Matter festival. On March 28, there will be a Q&A with Andeel, Sara Taksler (the director of Tickling Giants) and Cartoon Movement editor-in-chief Tjeerd Royaards. Check out the trailer of the film below:
March 8 is International Women’s Day. Over the years, our cartoonists have drawn many, many cartoons about women. To mark this special day, we’ve selected 10 of our all-time favorite cartoons on the subject:
1. Equal Opportunities
Many women still face a more difficult path in life than their male counterparts. Cartoon by Rodrigo de Matos.
2. My Soul Will Never Be Defeated
Doaal Eladl is one of the most successful female cartoonists in Egypt; this wonderful image expresses strength in the face of adversity.
3. Shadow of Oppression
Cuban artist Falco excels in images that are immensely powerful in their simplicity. This one is no different.
4. Sexual (R)evolution
Another very clever and thought-provoking visual, made by Lebanese artist SWAHA.
5. Clash of Values
One of our more popular cartoons of last year, this cartoon by Khalid Cherradi aptly shows how men think they can decide how women should dress.
6. Interfaith Dialogue
Religion (also dominated by men) also plays a role in determining how women should live their life. A cartoon by Giacomo Cardelli from Italy.
7. Stockholm Syndrome
Aphrodite's self-liberation, a beautiful image by Vasco Gargalo.
9. I Will Fly
Amidst all the cartoons addressing wrongs that need to be set right, Elena Ospina offers an image of hope.
A simple message, but a powerful truth. A cartoon by Omar Al Abdallat.