We’re very happy to welcome renowned Jordan cartoonist Osama Hajjaj to Cartoon Movement. He currently works for ‘Al Arab Al Youm’ newspaper. His cartoons are related to people’s life in Jordan and the political events in the Middle East and the world. Check out his website and Facebook page to see more of his work.
We are extremely proud to welcome renowned artist Agim Sulaj as a member of Cartoon Movement. In his cartoons he focuses on the major social and political problems of the 21st century, such as world poverty, environmental pollution, the life of an immigrant and other social topics. Agim’s work has won many awards and has been exhibited all over the world. To see more of his work, visit his website: www.agimsulaj.com
We’re always excited when we can welcome a new cartoonist from a country where we had none before. And some countries are more special than others. So we’re absolutely thrilled that Arwa Moukbel, a 26-year old female cartoonist from Yemen has joined Cartoon Movement.
Being a cartoonist in Yemen is hard, and Arwa has not been able to publish her work in national media because of the limited freedom of press. She does publish her work on Facebook (in Arabic) and we are very happy to provide her with a means to reach an international audience.
We’ve started an educational project for the Global Teenager Project about Children’s Rights. Cartoon Movement provides the space for schools and cartoonists to work together. Students that participate in the project upload their ideas in the form of sketches and drawings, and our cartoonists use these as inspiration to create professional cartoons.
Check out all the sketches and cartoons in our project newsroom.
When we launched Cartoon Movement in 2010, we were very lucky to have grants from several Dutch and international organizations who thought cartoons and comics journalism were important, and who believed in our concept of building an international hub for political cartooning. Although we could not have created Cartoon Movement without this funding, it has always been our goal to become financially independent.
Since 2012, we have operated without any grant or subsidy, proving that it’s possible to create a sustainable platform for political cartoonists that can pay cartoonists for their work. This has not always been easy. Although we have done many great projects, our budget to independently publish cartoons on current events has not always been as plentiful as we’d like it to be. That is why we hugely appreciate the decision of the Foundation for Democracy and Media (Stichting Democratie en Media) to provide funding to do exactly that.
In recognition of the importance and relevance of political cartoons, we have received 15,000 euro from the Foundation for Democracy and Media to publish independent political cartoons on current events throughout 2015.
After a very successful run last year, we’ve launched a new edition of our Peace & Justice project. Cartoon Movement is teaming up once again with the Hague project Peace and Justice, an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the city of The Hague to create a global debate about peace & justice that will involve editorial cartoonists and students from around the world.
Idea by Elisa Olvera and Nan, cartoon by Tomas.
The title of this year’s project is My Peace, Your Peace, to reflect how we all depend on each other to create a sustainable peace. We have to understand each other's perspective to build peace. 2015 also marks the 70th anniversary of two institutions that play (or should play) an important role in creating and maintaining peace worldwide: the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.
Students around the world contribute ideas for cartoons that reflect their perspective on peace, and our network of cartoonists turns these ideas into editorial cartoons. The best cartoons, and the ideas they are based on, will be selected for the exhibition at the end of the project. In September 2015, this exhibition will be on display in the iconic Peace Palace in The Hague. In 2016, the exhibition will travel to New York, to the headquarters of the United Nations.
Idea by Karina Steens, Kiran Ghoerbien and Sharon Baldewsingh, cartoon by Elchicotriste.
Cartoon by Manos Symeonakis.
We’ve started yet another project, similar to the one we’re doing on Data and Development. Partnering with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), we have set up a project newsroom to create cartoons for Financing the Future (March 17-18, 2015 in Accra, Ghana).
The goal of the conference is to provide fresh perspectives on global development and finance: how can international public finance best contribute to accelerating progress in development? Financing the Future will feature an exhibition of the best cartoons submitted in our newsroom. Take a look at the submissions here.
Cartoon by Fadi Abou Hassan.
Our latest cartoon project is a partnership with Data-Pop Alliance, a think tank on Big Data. The think tank was co-founded by Emmanuel Letouzé, who is also a cartoonist that contributes to our site. We have set up a project newsroom to create cartoons for the Cartagena Data Festival (April 20-22, 2015 in Colombia). The goal of the festival is to stir discussions and connections in the data (open data, big data, official statistics) and development community, to lay out the opportunities and challenges, risks and requirements, of leveraging the new data ecosystem to foster human development.
Cartoons will help foster these discussions and debates. The Cartagena Data Festival will feature an exhibition of the best cartoons submitted here. Take a look at the submissions here.
Yesterday, the Memorial de Caen decided to cancel a big cartoonist conference scheduled for April, because of safety concerns. The Memorial is a World War II museum in Normandy, France.
The Memorial has hosted a yearly meeting of French and international cartoonists for 4 years. This year, the fifth edition, would be the biggest one yet, with 44 cartoonists from all over the world coming together to discuss the profession and to remember our fallen comrades from Paris. But rising security concerns, such as more than six attempts to hack the Memorial’s website in the past month, forced Memorial director Stéphane Grimaldi to cancel the event.
Washington Post cartoonist Ann Tellies (one of the would-be attendees) writes she fully understands the reasons of the Memorial for cancelling, but is angry nonetheless:
I was angry about the cancellation because it again reminds me of the Paris murders and the senseless violence which is now a sad fact of my profession. I have said repeatedly ever since the Danish cartoon controversy in 2006 that there is no justification for violence if one is offended by a drawing. You can criticize, reject, ignore, protest, or draw your own opposing cartoon but threats and violence are not justified for any reason. Ever.
Spanish cartoonist Elchicotriste responded to the news with a cartoon, which you can see above. In his opinion, the cancellation is giving in to terrorists and thus bad news for the profession.
Personally, I am first and foremost sad that this is the new reality for cartoonists. We don't get to meet up that often, and this would have been a great opportunity to get together with cartoonists from all the corners of the globe, including several CM-members.
I do understand the decision to cancel. As host, the Memorial is responsible for the safety for 44 cartoonists. In his email, Stéphane Grimaldi writes that the meeting could only take place with far-reaching security measures. He rightly (in my opinion) asserts that this is not the spirit of these meetings.
Let’s hope this cancellation is merely a postponement, making it a very temporary victory for those who would threaten our freedom.