Cartoon by Marian Kamensky.
In 2015, we reported on FECO, the Federation of Cartoonists Organisations, and the questionable cooperation of FECO with the Iran House of Cartoon, one of the organizers of the infamous Holocaust Cartoon Competition.
In December 2016, FECO France decided to leave FECO and to change its name to France-Cartoons. Here is an excerpt from their statement, which can be read in full here.
You have all followed, with great interest or not, the gloomy affair of the holocaust contest organised by the Tehran House of Cartoons and the inappropriate presence of the international Feco president among the competitors. That second “Holocaust Contest” was directly targeting the green Charlie cover “All has been forgiven” and the sorrowful gatherings after the Charlie slaughter.
We asked for explanations from the Feco international board and succeeded in having the president resign. Elections were duly set up. It seems that the candidates list had neither been submitted to the Feco-France vote nor to the Feco-Israel one nor to the Feco-España one and perhaps some more. Those elections were rather odd since the former resigning president happened to become a vice president without having ever been a candidate.
After a unanimous consent at the General Assembly, we agreed we had to leave the Feco International.
Last week, the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation (PCO) in the United Kingdom decided to leave FECO:
After a great deal of thought by the PCO Committee and through consulting our members, PCO [UK] has decided to leave FECO forthwith.
This is a very sad decision, but has been brought about by FECO’s involvement with a Holocaust themed cartoon contest offered by the Iran House of Cartoon, known Holocaust deniers.
PCO cannot allow itself to be associated in any way with holocaust denial.
Perhaps, looking into the future, when FECO reorganises so that it is no longer associated in any way with holocaust denial PCO might apply to re-join. In the meantime PCO intends to maintain good relations with individual cartoonists’ organisations such as France-Cartoon, formerly FECO France. But as of now we do not consider ourselves a member of FECO.
To our knowledge, FECO has not yet publicly responded.
Fearmongering to justify the arms business. Cartoon by Tomas.
The World Peace Foundation has for some years been pursuing a project to expose the myths that are used to sustain a bloated, corrupt, and dangerous global arms business. We are teaming up with the WPF to produce cartoons that illustrate the 7 myths that sustain the global arms trade:
Myth 1: Higher military spending equals increased security.
Myth 2: Military spending is driven by security concerns.
Myth 3: We can control where arms go after they’re purchased and how they are used.
Myth 4: The defense industry is a key contributor to national economies.
Myth 5: Corruption in the arms trade is only a problem in developing countries.
Myth 6: National security requires blanket secrecy.
Myth 7: Now is not the time to challenge the global arms business.
(Bonus) Myth 7.5: Nothing can be done about it.
For a short explanation of these myths, read this PDF. For more information, visit www.projectindefensible.org. Check out all submissions in our project newsroom.
This is our second project with the World Peace Foundation. In 2012, we created a series of cartoons about peace in the 21st century, inspired by the visuals used by the international peace movement in the early 20th century.
The London School of Economics is hosting an exhibition of infographic comics visualising research on South Sudan undertaken by the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP). The comics represent a collaboration between the JSRP and Kenyan cartoonist Victor Ndula, facilitated by JSRP partner The Cartoon Movement. The graphics explore political, social and economic developments since 2011 in the world’s newest country.
This exhibition is open to all, no ticket required. Visitors are welcome during weekdays (Monday - Friday) between 10am and 8pm. Please note the exhibition will close at 3pm on Friday 27 January.
If you can't make it to the exhibition, the comics are available to read online here.
South Sudan - The Political Marketplace
Date: Monday 9 January - Friday 27 January 2017
Time: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm
Venue: Atrium Gallery, Old Building
As 2016 comes to close, we can conclude it’s been an interesting year (interesting, in the sense of the ancient Chinese proverb ‘May you live in interesting times.’). And although many people think that ‘interesting’ times provide a lot of inspiration for cartoonists, a lot of cartoonists would have been very happy never drawing another Trump caricature ever again.
However, world events did inspire some amazing cartoons here on Cartoon Movement and in the spirit of the season we’ve made a top 10 of the cartoons that were particularly excellent (in our opinion) and resonated with our audience and beyond.
We can also conclude it’s been a good year for Cartoon Movement. We’ve maintained our financial independence, sustaining the site by reselling cartoons to other media (although there's also been media that did not bother with the tediousness of actually paying cartoonists) and by doing various comic and cartoon projects. This means we’ll be continuing our mission in 2017: to publish great editorial cartoons that give different perspectives on world events, making you laugh, shocking you, provoking you and sometimes even making you angry. But always with the intention of making you think about the world around you. For now, enjoy our best of 2016. We hope to see you in 2017!
1. Nowhere to Go
A very apt summary of the plight of many refugees, by Abdelghani Dahdouh. Published in January 2016.
A cartoon by Brandan Reynolds that went viral. It perfectly captures the inequality in the world in a single image. Published in April 2016.
3. Cause & Effect
A lot of cartoons focused on refugees this year. This image by Naoufal Lahlali is one of the best, as it exposes the Western politics of intervention and billion-dollar arms industry as the core causes of the refugee crisis. All without needing a single word. Published in May 2016.
A look at the fashion industry, by Payam Boromand.
5. Lessons from History?
We tend to be wary of Hitler-analogies in cartoons, as they tend to elicit such strong responses that any meaningful debate is impossible. This one by Dom Nelson, however, is just very good in our opinion (and our audience seemed to agree). It's painfully funny and so cleverly executed that even mentioning Donald Trump is unnecessary. Published in June 2016.
6. Now What?
The aftermath of the Brexit referendum saw a lot of cartoons that used the Union Jack is some way (flags are always a popular subject with cartoonists). We like this one by Andrea Vitti, because it captures the confusion so well. Published in June 2016.
Sadly, some of the most powerful cartoons this year were those expressing the horror and shock after a terrorist attack. This one by Fadi Abou Hassan was made after the attack in Nice. Published in July 2017.
8. Security Council
Osama Hajjaj with a visual analysis of the decision-making process UN Security Council. Published in September 2016.
9. Nobody is Haiti
Another cartoon that went viral year is this cartoon by Elchicotriste, criticizing the lack of international response (no Facebook profile photo filters. no hashtags) after a hurricane took a heavy toll on Haiti. Published in October 2016.
10. I Have a Nightmare
An eloquent response by Tomas to the very unexpected outcome of the US elections. Published in November 2016.
Mauricio Parra is and award-winning illustrator and cartoonist from Colombia. His cartoons have been published in major newspapers and magazines in Colombia like Rolling Stone, El Espectador and El Tiempo.