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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.

Palestinian Cartoons Disappear at ICC


Last week, Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh was invited to exhibit his work at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, by human rights organization Al-Haq. In an extraordinary and inexplicable incident, the content of an exhibition by Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh went missing.

The official press release from the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates:

Late on the evening of Wednesday 04 December 2019, the art exhibition hosted by the State of Palestine and Palestinian Human Rights Organization Al-Haq was maliciously removed and hidden without authorization from the hallways of the World Forum. The exhibit was held on the occasion of the 18th session of the Assembly of the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemns in the strongest terms this hateful act. We view it as a desperate attempt to silence the voices of Palestinian victims, which were so powerfully reflected in the exhibition. The artwork by internationally-renowned Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh depicted the impact of the criminal policies and practices of the Israeli occupation on the victims in the situation in Palestine.

We have been formally informed that the Court is currently conducting an investigating into this grave incident. We expect this investigation to be thorough and transparent and that strong measures will be taken following its conclusion.

Read more here:

Basque Police Union Mad About Human Rights Cartoon

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Our 30 cartoons about the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights  - made last year in partnership with the United Nations Human Rights Office - are currently on display at a UNESCO exhibition in Getxo, a town near Bilbao, Spain.

ERNE, the police union of the Ertzaintza, the atonomous Basque police ,has protested against the cartoon illustrating article 5 (no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment). The cartoon by Brazilian artist Elihu Duayer depicts three policemen in riot gear laughing about human rights, as if they were a joke.

ERNE has demanded this cartoon be taken out of the exhibition, because they do not like to be linked to torture. However, the Getxo City Council has replied to the union that it does not intend to remove the cartoon from the exhibition, stating the vignette does not refer to the Ertzaintza, but alludes to police brutality in other countries.

ERNE will today (December 3) file a formal complaint. Read more about the controversy on this website (in Spanish) or watch this video (also in Spanish).