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Sketch Freedom

The second edition of Sketch Freedom, an international cartoon expo, will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden in early 2015. Organized by exiled Iranian cartoonist and activist Kianoush Ramezani, the expo is an official event of the Gothenburg Film Festival, and brings together the work of many great cartoonists from all corners of the globe.


The 'Sketch Freedom' movement started in 2013 in Normandy, the same place that thousands of humans sacrificed their lives to end the Second World War and give freedom to the people of Europe. It’s a world movement for exiled cartoonists that is proudly hosted by Le Mémorial de Caen. The movement, founded by Kianoush Ramezani, premiered last year in Gothenburg.

The second Sketch Freedom Expo, officially sponsored by Le Mémorial de Caen, will show artworks that manifest the value of freedom of expression, by the world's top cartoonists. Their cartoons are published in the major world journals like the New Yorker, the Washington Post, Courrier International, the Moscow Times, El Universal, Le Droit, etc.

Participating cartoonists (inclusing more than a few CM members - click on their links to view their portfolio on our site) are:

    Adjim Danngar - Chad
    Angel Boligan - Mexico
    Ann Telnaes - USA
    Assad Binakhahi - Iran
    Ayako Saito - Japan
    Bernard Bouton - France
    Cristina Sampaio - Portugal
    Damien Glez - Burkina Faso
    Daryl Cagle - USA
    Elena Ospina - Colombia
    Eray Ozbek - Turkey
    Guy Badeaux - Canada
    Hassan Karimzadeh - Iran
    Jaume Capdevila - KAP - Spain
    Jim Morin - USA
    Kianoush Ramezani - Iran
    Liza Donnelly - USA
    Mohammad Saba'aneh - Palestine
    Peter Broelman - Australia
    Phil Umbdenstock - France
    Riber Hansson - Sweden
    Tjeerd Royaards - Netherlands
    Victor Bogorad - Russia
    Vladimir Kazanevsky - Ukraine
    Xavier Bonilla - BONIL - Ecuador
    Zulkiflee Anwar Haque - Zunar - Malaysia


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Sounds like a fantastic event but sad to see lack of UK representation among the talented cartoonists involved.

Cartoon Movement

You are right that it's an omission; there are some excellent cartoonists in the UK. We're sure they will be included in future editions, though.

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