It has become a Cartoon Movement tradition to share the 10 'best' cartoons each year. It's an arbitrary term, as few things are as subjective as political cartoons, but we've made a selection based on what was popular with our audience and what subjects best represent the news of 2023. So here goes:
1. Earthquake in Turkey and Syria, by Hamzeh Hajjaj
This cartoon captures the devastating impact of the earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria in the beginning of the year.
2. Bothersome poverty by Rucke Souza
2023 was yet another year of growing inequality; the super-rich continue to accumulate more of the world's wealth, at the expense of the poor.
3. Mug shots by Glen Le Lievre
Trump remains a constant in cartooning, and although Lady Justice is trying to lock him up, we fear we haven't seen the last of him...
4. Ideologies by Halit Kurtulmus Aytoslu
The most popular ideology of 2023 was populism with a generous splash of racism and xenophobia.
5. Titan versus migrants by Mo Qasem
Remember the submarine with some rich people that went missing on their way to visit the Titanic? The global rescue attempt stood in stark contrast to our (mostly non-existent) attempts to rescue migrant boats.
6. Jenin by Osama Hajjaj
Before the attack on Gaza, Israel already launched a bloody military operation in Jenin this summer.
7. Putin’s chef by Tupou Ceruzou
Putin's revenge on Prigozhin: a dish served cold?
8. Biden visits Israel by Thiago Lucas
Gaza was probably to most cartooned subject of the year. It's difficult to just pick one cartoon from so many powerful image, but this one captures the essence of international politics and the blatant disregard for the massive loss of innocent lives.
9. Black Friday by Anne Derenne
Consumerism captured in a cartoon.
10. Happy new year? by Marian Kamensky
So what do we have to look forward to? Well, more of the same...
See you next year!