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The Best Cartoons of 2019

It has become tradition to end the year with a top 10 of cartoons. With almost 200 published cartoons on our homepage and thousands of cartoons uploaded to our website in 2019 this is a very difficult and somewhat arbitrary selection, given the wealth of high-quality material to choose from.

If you are so inclined you can check out the previous top 10s here (2018) and here (2017).


1. Dino - The Face of Hate

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We love beatiful and detailed draings, but perhaps we love simplicity even more here at Cartoon Movement. And it doesn't get much simpler than this.

Published in March 2019.

2) Gatis Sluka - Lungs of the City

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Year after year, the environment remains a popular topic among cartoonists. We really liked this cartoon, which needs no words to explain the necessity of nature.

Published in April 2019.


3) Mary Zins - Ownership

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A beautiful illustration by US cartoonist Mary Zins about the right of women to make decision about their own body. Mary sadly passed away earlier this year; the loss of such a gifted artist was felt throughout the international cartooning community.

Published in May 2019.


4) Anne Derenne - Jenga

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Jenga! Do we need to say more?

Published in May 2019.


5) Mahmood Rifai - VR

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Hunger, poverty and inequality are some other staple ingredients for any cartoonist. To make an original cartoon about hunger is quite a challenge, but Mahmoud Rifai succeeded (we think) by combining the issue with the technical possibilities these days.

Published in June 2019.


6) Falco - The No York Times

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The summer, the international edition of the New York Times decided to stop running cartoons. A short-sighted and downright dumb decision, making the newspaper losing its sharp edge, as Falco so brilliantly illustrates here.

Published in June 2019.


7) Vasco Gargalo - Security Decree

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Italian right-wing politician Matteo Salvini has figured in many cartoons this year, but none so popular as this one by Portuguese cartoonist cartoonist Vasco Gargalo, illustrating a new law (introduced by Salvini) that makes it illegal for NGOs to rescue migrants at sea.

Published in June 2019.


8) Halit Kurtulmus - World Politics

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2019 was again the year of men in power competing for dominance. This picture says it all.

Published in July 2019.


9) Marco De Angelis - Brazilian Flag

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The fires in the Amazon were in the international headlines for weeks, and lead to hundreds of cartoons. This one By Marco De Angelis from Italy is not only beautifully done, it also shows how the current Brazilian politics are responsible for the fires.

Published in August 2019.


10) Mello - Friendship

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Friendship can transcend boundaries. And cartoons that show this without needing words can also transcend boundaries.

Published in November 2019.


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