We're delighted to welcome the first cartoonist from Afghanistan to our community. Mehdi Amini is a 31-year old political cartoonist from Kabul. His work is considered too extreme in a country where freedoms are increasingly restricted and the Taliban has renewed control in some regions, so we are very happy to be able to provide platform for his cartoons.
Next week, we publish chapter 2 of A Century of Silent Helpers, a 50-page comic by Tom Humberstone and Tjeerd Royaards chronicling the history of Cordaid (a catholic Dutch development aid organization), within the broader context of the history of international development aid in the 20th century. The second chapter tells the story of Jos van Mackelenberg, president of a predecessor of Cordaid during World War II, who risked his life to save two Jewish children.
Read chapter one here.
A new week, and three new cartoonists joining Cartoon Movement. They come from Serbia, Russia and India:
Vinod Triphati (aka SpectoonS) is a cartoonist from India, working for E-News portal The Indian Republic. His motto: 'I am not a painter who beautifies the scene with colors, instead I am a photographer who captures things as it is.'
Vladimir Khakhanov is an award-winning artist from Moscow, Russia; he has been a cartoonist since 1976.
We're starting the week with three more cartoonists joining our community: Terry Anderson from Scotland, George Licurici from Romania, and our very first cartoonist from Serbia, Vladimir Volodja Sivtsevich.
Terry Anderson is a professional cartoonist from Glasgow in Scotland. He's also a coordinator for the Scottish Cartoon Studio, and is currently touring Europe with a cartoon exhibition on the Scottish independence referendum. The cartoon shown here is part of that exhibition. Check out his website for more of his work.
This year we're supporting development aid organization Cordaid. They are celebrating their 100th anniversary by sharing stories of silent helpers: people who help other people simply because they see that they need it.
We are creating a series of cartoons about helping, and are also making a comic about a century of helping. In addition to making cartoons and a comic for the platform silenthelper.org, we have also helped Cordaid develop a traveling exhibition about silent helpers through the decades.
The exhibition is currently on display in the atrium of the city hall of The Hague in the Netherlands. It consists of nine cabins. On the outer panels, the history of helping is told. Inside each of the cabins, a different aspect of helping is highlighted, using video, audio and cartoons.
The slideshow below gives an impression of the exhibition. For more information and future locations, visit silenthelper.org.
We are very happy to welcome three new cartoonists to our ever-growing community. This week's newcomers hail from Brazil, Russia, and Australia:
Silvano Mello is a self-taught cartoonist from Brazil, active in the field of graphic humor since 2007. He has won numerous awards for his work.
Vasiliy Alexandrov is a freelance cartoonist from St. Petersburg in Russia. His work has been awarded in over 40 international competitions.
Yaser Abo Hamed
Yaser Abo Hamed is a cartoonist originally from Syria, now living in Australia.
Sad news from one of the most prestigious cartoon awards. World Press Cartoon has put up a notice on their website that the 2014 edition is postponed due to budget problems.
World Press Cartoon has been around for nine years, and in that time has grown to be an international award of note, and arguably the most important award around for international political cartoonists. WPC was found by the famous Portuguese Antonio Antunes, and has taken place in Sintra, Portugal, since its inception.
The municipal government of Sintra has been one of the main sponsors of the event, but that sponsorship is now in danger, as a newly elected government has not yet decided whether it will continue to sponsor WPC in the future.
Here at Cartoon Movement we think very highly of World Press Cartoon, and we very much hope it will be around for many years to come. If you want to help secure the future of WPC, consider sending a protest letter to the mayor of Sintra. Below is a template letter we found on the blog of Canadian cartoonist Bado (Portuguese version available on the blog of Rafaella Spinazzi):
The Honorable Basilio Horta
Mayor of Sintra, Portugal
The Sintra World Press Cartoon Annual Salon is internationally recognized as the most important event of the World Press Cartoon organization. Until last year the city of Sintra had supported the celebration of this great event, which promotes not only the best works of world cartoonists, but places your city as an international cultural center as well.
We have learned in disbelief that you have decided to withdraw Sintra´s support to the realization of this important event, precisely when it is organizing its tenth edition and has already received hundreds of works from all over the world.
We invite you to reconsider your decision for the sake of art and culture. A prestigious event as the World Press Cartoon Salon deserves to receive the support from your office once again. That would be the right decision to make for the cultural enrichment of both Sintra and Portugal.
Send the letter to:
Sr. Basílio Horta
Alcalde de Sintra
Largo Dr. Virgílio Horta
2714-501 Sintra, Portugal
Tel: 00 351 219 238 500
Fax: 00 351 219 238 657
We have been getting many applications from cartoonists wanting to join our community, and most of them make great cartoons. Here are some of the latest cartoonists that have joined our ranks, from (in no particular order) Bulgaria, Ukraine, Lebanon and Mexico:
Oleksy Kustovy is a Ukrainian cartoonist. Since 2003 he has won over a 100 prizes for his work in international contests.
Gustavo Caballero, better known as Guffo, has been a cartoonist for 15 years, working for two newspapers in his hometown Monterrey, Mexico.