Hamed Bazrafkan is an editorial cartoonist from Esfahan in Iran. He works for Esfahanenimrooz magazine, both as a cartoonist and as the chief editor of the cartoon section of the magazine.
Perhaps the most tedious jobs of being editor at Cartoon Movement is tracking down and following up on the unauthorized use of our cartoons by other media. We try to take action in every case of copyright infringement, because we feel it’s important to point out that cartoons are made by professionals and thus aren’t free.
One of the current trends in media is to publish slideshows of cartoons when a world-shocking event has taken place (most recently, the attack in Nice). Most media get around the issue of copyright by embedding cartoons from the Twitter feed of the respective artists. Because they’re not physically hosting the cartoon on their site, there’s no need to pay the artist or ask for permission to feature the work. Examples (including one of our cartoons) can be found on the websites of the International Business Times, the Huffington Post, Newsweek and many, many more.
There’s not much we can do about this. For artists (and websites such as ours), it’s a catch 22: one the hand hand, we want to share work with our fans, but in doing so we give media a free pass to use our work.
A lot of media also feature cartoons without using the embed method and therefore should ask the artists for their permission (and offer a reasonable republication fee). The majority of media does this, but we also encounter a lot of instances where our cartoons are used without any permission or compensation.
In addition to following up on these cases, we also want to showcase these in a new monthly feature on our blog. Here’s a list of recent cases:
1) Tagesspiegel, a German newspaper, used no less than 13 of our cartoons in a slideshow about the attempted coup in Turkey.
2) Le Figaro, a major French newspaper, published a slideshow of cartoons responding the attack in Nice, including one of ours.
4) Ukrainian news portal eurointegration.com.ua used one of our cartoons.
This is not a complete list; these are the instances we were able to track down. The list only features the sites that clearly identify themselves as 'media' and should know better than to use images without permission, in effect stealing them. We have contacted all of the organizations in the list; we have yet to receive a response from any of them. Next month we'll give an update and its very likely we will have a new list.
Cartoon by Enrico Bertuccioli.
Although there is enough happening in the world to keep us busy, editors do need a break every now and then. That is why Cartoon Movement will not be publishing a daily cartoon between July 19 and August 7. However, our newsroom will remain open for your daily fix of cartoons. See you in August!
We have the pleasure of welcoming several new cartoonists to Cartoon Movement. Since we’ll be taking our annual summer break starting next week, we’ve decided to introduce them all at once:
Samira Saeed is a cartoonist from Egypt. She has won several awards with her work and is a member of the Egyptian Caricature Society, the Egyptian Female Caricature Union and United Sketches for Freedom.
Zoubir Ghougali hails from Algeria. He has been working as a professional editorial cartoonist for 7 years.
Ndarama Assoumani is a cartoonist from Rwanda. Ndarama began his career in 2007 and he is currently working as editorial cartoonist at Imvaho Nshya, the oldest newspaper of Rwanda. He is the first cartoonist from Rwanda to join Cartoon Movement.
Assunta Toti Buratti
Assunta Toti Buratti is a well-known Italian satirical artist. Her work has been published in the biggest magazines and newspapers in Italy. She has been awarded many times and is jury member of several international cartoon competitions.
Late last year, we made a comic with Palestinian artist Mohammad Saba’aneh about the water crisis in Gaza. The comic was made for a client, but never got published due to artistic differences and different perspectives on how the story should be told.
Although this is in some ways a ‘failed’ project, as the client was ultimately not happy with the comic, we consider it to be a success as well. This is Mohammad’s first piece of comics journalism and, although it’s not perfect, we think it’s certainly good enough to publish. We’re also proud of the fact that this is comics journalism made by a Palestinian. There’s not a lot of comics journalism being produced by artists in the Middle East (most is made by Western artists traveling there), while there’s enough stories that need telling in this part of the world.
The comic will go up on our website this Wednesday.
Salum Matata (1991) is a cartoonist from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Inspired by comic artists while still in secondary school, Salum started making cartoons nine years ago. His work has been published in various media in Tanzania.
Check out this short documentary on US cartoonist and CM contributor Mike Flugennock:
The documentary is produced by Ron Douglas, filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Multimedia Communications at Wesley College, Delaware. This film provides a brief history of Mike’s cartoon work going back to the Yipster Times in the late 1970s, the antiglobalization and antiwar movements of the '00s, and his work with the DC Statehood and marijuana legalization campaign of 2014.