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March 2021

C2C: call for cartoons

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For the second edition of Cartoonist 2 Cartoonist, we are again open to submissions by cartoonists of all levels (aspiring and established) who would like to receive feedback on their work. The format is simple: about once a month, CM editors Emanuele del Rosso and Tjeerd Royaards go live on Instagram to discuss a selection of the cartoons that were submitted, giving constructive criticism meant to help the cartoonist improve his or her work.

Check out the pilot edition here to see what C2C is all about. You can send your cartoons to

Cartoons are like chess

No matter what part of the world political cartoons are from, they have a few things in common. One common trait is that they are not good at nuance. Cartoons see the world in black and white, right and wrong, justice and injustice. This is perhaps why the chessboard is such a popular symbol among cartoonists. Like cartoons chess divides reality in black and white.

And there is another division that defines chess. The divisions between the pawns and more valuable pieces. Chess divides the world up into expendable pawns, and pieces of varying degrees of power. Just like how many cartoonists view and portray the world. So it's no surprise we see the chess board used as a metaphor for inequality and in injustice is many cartoons. Here are some of our favorite examples:

German artist Rainer Ehrt divides the world into two sides of a chess board.

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We do our best to make sure it stays that way, according to Jean Dobritz...

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...and Makhmud Eshonkulov.



Hasan Abadi shows what civil war looks like using a chess board.



Bombs become chess pieces in this cartoon by Anne Derenne.



And refugees become the expendable pieces in iMerlo's work.


The pandemic is a big game of chess, according to Zach.



Cuban artist Miguel Morales Madrigal agrees, but has a different analysis of who is his most by corona.



Peace and Politics in South Sudan

In partnership with the Centre of Public Authority and International Development (CPAID) of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), we produced a series of six comics on public authority in different countries across Africa.

This comic, based on research by Dr Naomi Pendle and drawn by South Sudanese comic artist Tom Dai, looks at the peace process and the role of the army in South Sudan between 2005 and 2020.

You can read the full comic below or download the PDF here.