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10 Cartoons for Europe

March 25 marked the 60th anniversary of the European Union. With Brexit looming and general dissatisfaction with Brussels at an all-time high among Europeans, 2017 is perhaps the most challenging year for the EU to date. Europe has always inspired cartoonists, and we have collections about the euro crisis (Greece has its own collection), the question of European unity, the refugee crisis and most recently, Brexit. Here, we have selected 10 of our favorite cartoons inspired by Europe.


 1. Raising the Flag


This cartoon by Ricardo Plástiko perhaps provides the best visual metaphor for the European project. The political will might be present in the leaders of Europe, but the foundation is unsuitable for planting a flag.


2. European (Dis)integration


Ukrainian artists Alexander Dubovsky uses a similar aquatic analogy. Is the raft of Europe disintegrating, starting with England?


3. Migrant Talks

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The refugee crisis has laid bare the deep divisions still present in Europe today. After 60 years of cooperation, deciding on a fair system of dividing refugees among member states is still a bridge too far. Cartoon by Hassan Bleibel.


4. On the Fence


The only thing Europeans seem to agree on is the need for more fences. Not that these fences really do any good, according to this cartoon by Marian Kamensky.


5. Terror Machine


The terror attacks that have taken place across Europe in the past year (Brussels, Nice, Berlin, London) have not helped the European project; the open, border-less society has given way to barbed wire. Cartoon by Tjeerd Royaards.


6. Grand Theft Eurozone


The persistent image of the EU is that of an out-of-control technocracy, where neoliberal policies take precedence over the interests of common Europeans. This image is aptly captured in this GTA parody by Manos Symeonakis.


7. Dead-End Track


So are we on a dead-end track? A question posed visually by Matteo Bertelli.


8. The Future of Europe


And if we are, is this the future of Europe? A revised EU flag design by Spiros Derveniotis.


9. European Gearbox


The newest effort to prevent the collapse of the EU is a multi-speed Europe. Although this might be the only viable solution, it present a new complexity in what is already seen by many to be an uncontrollable behemoth. Cartoon by Zemgus Zaharans.


10. Against the Wall


In the end, the question is if we still see the European project as something to aspire to, a way to overcome the war-torn past where walls divided east and west, or if that aspiration has proven to be unattainable, or undesirable. Europe is up against the wall in this cartoon by Enrico Bertuccioli.

Questions of Copyright

Questions of copyright is a regular feature on our blog, in which we share some of our questions and concerns about how and where cartoons from Cartoon Movement are used without our permission.

Iraqi cartoonist Saad Murtadha contacted us about, an Iranian website that features art and cartoons from around the globe. He was rather surprised to find a comprehensive gallery of his work on this website, as he was never contacted or informed in any way. It makes us wonder how many other cartoonists have a gallery on this website without them knowing. A number of Cartoon Movement cartoonists can be found on the website.

Although it is always an honor to have people value your work, the honor becomes questionable when the website in question probably has ties to the Iran House of Cartoon (we wrote about this before) and thus the Iranian regime.


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10 Cartoons for World Water Day

Without water, there is no life. Some see access to clean drinking water as a fundamental human right, a right disputed by companies that sell bottled water and see water as a scarce resource and therefore profitable. An undisputed fact is that fresh water is getting scarcer, and many future conflicts will be fought over access to water. For World Water Day, we've collected 10 of our favorite water cartoons. For more cartoons about water, visit our cartoon collection.


1. African Children


Stunning artwork by renowned artist Agim Sulaj, contrasting a child's need of water with the greed of bottled water manufacturers.


2. Water for All


The United Nations has for decades been committed to ensuring access to water for all. Have their promises turned into reality, as this cartoon by Giacomo Cardelli suggests?


3. Water Supply


Or is this cartoon by Belgian cartoonist Luc Vernimmen closer to reality?


4. Dry Africa


Although Africa isn't the driest continent (surprisingly, that's Antarctica, followed by Australia in second place), it is the continent where problems caused by drought are most severe. Cartoon by Tomas.


5. Uneven Distribution

Water equals wealth; this cartoon by Martirena from Cuba shows the unequal distribution of water.


6. Spot the Difference


Some children have to walk great distances each day to get fresh water, time that would be better spent in school. Cartoon by Jean Gouders.


7. Water Wars


Water will be a major source of conflict in the 21st century. Cartoon by Vasco Gargalo.


8. Water is Life


Water is life, and fuels our intelligence and creativity. A beautiful image by Fabio Magnasciutti from Italy.


9. Drought


Another image that is more art than cartoon, made by Colombian graphic artist Orlando Cuellar.


10. Thirsty Earth


Water may be life, but hope is life as well. A cartoon by Elchicotriste.

Tickling Giants


Movies that Matter is a festival of films about human rights taking place between March 24 and April 1 in The Hague, the Netherlands. One of the movies programmed at the festival is Tickling Giants, a documentary about Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian John Stewart, and his satirical TV show simply called ‘The Show’. The Show mocked Egyptian leadership and managed to draw an audience of 30 million viewers per show across the Arab World.

The Egyptian cartoonist Andeel was part of the production team of the show. The show was forced to stop in 2014, because the team felt it was no longer safe to make satire. Presenter  Bassem Youssef fled to the United Sates, but Andeel is still in Egypt making cartoons.

Andeel is a guest at the Movies that Matter festival. On March 28, there will be a Q&A with Andeel, Sara Taksler (the director of Tickling Giants) and Cartoon Movement editor-in-chief Tjeerd Royaards. Check out the trailer of the film below:


10 Cartoons for International Women's Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day. Over the years, our cartoonists have drawn many, many cartoons about women. To mark this special day, we’ve selected 10 of our all-time favorite cartoons on the subject:


1. Equal Opportunities


Many women still face a more difficult path in life than their male counterparts. Cartoon by Rodrigo de Matos.


2. My Soul Will Never Be Defeated


Doaal Eladl is one of the most successful female cartoonists in Egypt; this wonderful image expresses strength in the face of adversity.


3. Shadow of Oppression


Cuban artist Falco excels in images that are immensely powerful in their simplicity. This one is no different.


4. Sexual (R)evolution


Another very clever and thought-provoking visual, made by Lebanese artist SWAHA.


5. Clash of Values


One of our more popular cartoons of last year, this cartoon by Khalid Cherradi aptly shows how men think they can decide how women should dress.


6. Interfaith Dialogue


Religion (also dominated by men) also plays a role in determining how women should live their life. A cartoon by Giacomo Cardelli from Italy.


7. Stockholm Syndrome


Stockholm Syndrome can prevent a victim from leaving an abusive relationship. A striking cartoon by Ramses Morales Izquierdo.


8. Aphrodite


Aphrodite's self-liberation, a beautiful image by Vasco Gargalo.


9. I Will Fly


Amidst all the cartoons addressing wrongs that need to be set right, Elena Ospina offers an image of hope.


10. Equality


A simple message, but a powerful truth. A cartoon by Omar Al Abdallat.