Cartoon Movement is participating in an outdoor art exhibition in Amsterdam. During the month of March, the work of Amsterdam-based comic artists and cartoonists is showcased on large sheets of canvas that are wrapped around pillars in the Kinkerstraat, a busy shopping street in the west of Amsterdam.
We have been asked to participate because Cartoon Movement is based in Amsterdam, a city has an enduring reputation for tolerance and freedom. We try to live up to that reputation by defending cartoonists who get in trouble because of their work, and by offering them a space to voice their opinion, on- and (in this case offline).
Our canvas includes cartoons by Gianfranco Uber, Rainer Ehrt, Alfredo Sabat, Dan Carino, Sergei Tunin, SvitalskyBros, Tomas, Talal Nayer,Omar Turcios, Stephanie McMillan, Payam Boromand, Sunnerberg Constantin, Tjeerd Royaards, Steve Greenberg, Elchicotriste, Jean Gouders, Alfredo Martirena and Giacomo Cardelli.
If you're in the area, be sure to visit (see map below).
The Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom has announced their 14th International Editorial Cartoon Competition. The theme for the competition is 'Big Brother is watching you':
Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed how the National Security Agency worked with government agencies to spy on the private communications of millions of individuals. Further revelations disclosed how the U.S. agency used massive data collected by internet and telephone corporations to circumvent laws that prohibit government agencies from spying on their own citizens. Without protection from illegal and unwarranted surveillance, the private communications of individuals can be chilled, leading to massive self censorship, the shackling of free speech and the creation of a Big Brother society.
Press Cartoon Europe, an international contest that awards the best cartoon published in any European country, announced the winners yesterday. We're very proud that the awarded cartoons are all made by cartoonists who contribute to Cartoon Movement. The Grand Prix went to Portuguese cartoonist Rodrigo de Matos, for a cartoon on the Portuguese passion for football.
'The PCE Grand Prix is probably the most important award for cartoonists who publish in European media. It’s the first time I’m selected for the final round and winning the main prize for me is almost unbelievable. This is my first big award and I achieved it with a lot of work and dedication, in the eighth year of my career as a profession.', Rodrigo told his newspaper The Macau Daily Times.
The second prize went to CM editor Tjeerd Royaards, for a cartoon (published on Cartoon Movement in October 2013) on the death of over 500 immigrants, who drowned near Lampedusa in an attempt to reach Europe. Third prize went to another Dutch cartoonist, Hajo de Reijger, with a cartoon on intervention in Syria.
Cartoonists Rights Network International has announced a cartoon competition dedicated to cartoonists in Iran:
Since 1992, CRNI has been the only organization in the world dedicated exclusively to defending the free speech rights cartoonists everywhere. Through this contest we want to bring to the world a testament to the most experienced Iranian cartoonists and to those who have never yet published anything. We welcome cartoonists at every level and with every perspective.
For more information, and the competition rules, visit the competition's Facebook page.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has collected one year of editorial cartoons by prominent Iranian cartoonist Touka Neyestani (published weekly on their website) in the book 'Drawing Repression':
Beginning in April 2012, the Campaign has been featuring a weekly editorial cartoon drawing attention to the ongoing daily human rights violations in the country. Drawing Repression collects Neyestani’s responses to individuals, events, and developments over the course of one year, highlighting individual human rights abusers holding high office, prisoners of conscience continuing the struggle for basic rights, major events of the year—including earthquakes and cultural celebrations—and intensifying trends of violations against the Iranian people.
You can order a copy here.
We've started a new project for Cordaid, one of the largest development organizations in the Netherlands. Cordaid has a network of 634 partner organizations in more than thirty countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.
On February 6, Cordaid launched a new platform to celebrate their 100th birthday by sharing the stories of silent helpers. Silent helpers are people who move mountains, just because they are needed. They do this without asking for reward or recognition. They get their satisfaction from the fact that they make a difference. Cartoon Movement is contributing to this new platform with cartoons; not only cartoons that are meant as a tribute to silent helpers, but also with cartoons that ask questions about the nature of helping, and on how society deals with groups of people that might need our help, such as the disabled and immigrants. You can check out all the newsroom (and all the cartoons that have come in) here:
In addition to the cartoons, we've also been asked to do a comic about the history of helping. Cordaid's history starts in the First World War. The brutalities of war left many Belgian children orphaned, and these children found refuge in the Netherlands.
In close to 50 pages, the comic tells the story of silent helpers in different periods in history. Their stories show that helping is something not bound to time and place, but bound to our humanity. The comic shows the past, present and future of helping. In each period, we see that helping is about making connections. These connections give meaning to our own life, and that of others. The comic is written by CM editor Tjeerd Royaards, and is drawn by Tom Humberstone; it will be published online chapter by chapter in the coming months.