Winners of World Press Cartoon

WPCThe winners, with screenshots of their publication on Cartoon Movement, showing the website before our relaunch this summer.

This weekend, the winners of the world’s most prestigious cartoon competition, World Press Cartoon, were announced. We are delighted that two of the winners are cartoonists whose work was published on Cartoon Movement.

Our congratulations to Halit Kurtulmus Aytoslu for winning the first prize in the category editorial cartoon with this cartoon published on Cartoon Movement in 2019. And also to Pedro Silva for winning third prize in the category caricature for his brilliant depiction of Christine Lagarde.

You can see all the winners on the website of World Press Cartoon. You might see some other names you know from our website, such as Ant, Pedro X. Molina, Marilena Nardi and Dario Castillejos. It strengthens our belief that in 10 years, we have managed to build a community of many of the world’s best cartoonists.

Political cartoons versus memes

Matt Wuerker, staff cartoonist of Politico, talks to adam.the.creator, who makes memes for a living. Are memes the future of political cartooning?

In 2019, Jennifer Grigiel argued in this article, yes, memes are the new, more democratic way, to make visual political satire, so cartoonists are becoming obsolete.

But are there any unique qualities to the format of the editorial cartoon, largely unchanged since it was invented, that set it apart from memes, and thus give it a future? This video certainly isn't the end of the discussion, but a nice addition to it.

Freedom of expression and political satire are in danger

LibexPart of the gallery of 55 semi-finalists, click the image to see the full gallery.

More and more journalists and editorial cartoonists are victims of murders, assaults, kidnappings, physical intimidation, imprisonment, arrests, travel bans, police harassment, politically motivated lawsuits, asset freezing or seizure, vandalism, cyber-attacks, online harassment, blacklisting and bullying.

The Librexpression centre for freedom of expression (Libex) has organized a cartoon competition on the threats that this fundamental right, and the political satire which is an expression of it are currently facing even in Europe.

You can see the 55 semi-finalists on the website of Voxeurop. The finalist cartoons will be presented on Voxeurop on 17 September.

Newletter 8, August 2020

New_news__osvaldo_gutierrez_gomezCartoon by OSVAL

We are back with your monthly dose of cartooning news; read our August newsletter here. August is typically our most quiet month of the year, but September is ramping up to be a lot busier. In the meantime, we do have some new cartoonists to introduce and a save-the-date for an online event about cartoons. We also ask your support for Emad Hajjaj, who was arrested (and now released on bail) in Jordan last week over a cartoon.

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Recap - week 34

Recap34Image based on cartoons by Miguel Morales Madrigal and Paolo Calleri.

Another week with Russia in the news, with the (suspected) poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny inspiring a number of our cartoonists. Earlier this week, Trump and the US postal service proved to be a popular topic among cartoonists. In the meantime, we are planning an online event on cartoons and hate speech. More information will follow very soon, but it will take place on Monday September 21, between 3 and 5pm CET, so save the date!

Cartooning news from around the world

Check out this interview by the PCO (part 1 and part 2) with UK cartoonist Steve Bell, who responds to the rumours of him being sacked by The Guardian.

And read this piece in the New York Times on how cartoons were used to fight for the vote at the beginning of the 20th century. It shows how images can be used to overcome negative stereotypes, instead of perpetuating them.