Highlights of 2021

Highlights of 2021


Despite the pandemic, 2021 was a good year for Cartoon Movement. In addition to publishing many, many cartoons and welcoming a lot of new cartoonists to our community, we also did numerous cartoon-related projects.

We published a lot of comics journalism, doing multiple projects with the London School of Economic and the University of Sheffield. You can see all our comics here. We are about to embark on a new comic for the University of British Colombia.

Aspiring cartoonists often ask us if we can review their work and give feedback. To accommodate this, we started Cartoonist 2 Cartoonist, a monthly live chat on Instagram. Cartoonists can send in work, which is discussed by CM editors Tjeerd Royaards and Emanuele del Rosso. Check out all the episodes here.

In partnership with the Sound and Vision Institute of the Netherlands, we launched Evergreen Satire in 2021. Evergreen Satire links several museums and institutes that house archives of editorial cartoons, with the aim of organizing events and exhibitions to give new relevance to historical cartoons. Check out our first online event here. The next event will be in February.

One of the most special things we achieved in 2021 was to assist with the evacuation of political cartoonist Hossein Rezaei from Afghanistan. Hossein was forced to leave his life in Kabul behind as the Taliban took the city. Read his story here.

Another special project was the creation of a cartoon mural in Johannesburg. In just 5 days, we managed to fill the wall of a 4-story building in South Africa with a cartoon that was based on idea by a young South African, designed by a Cuban cartoonist and executed by a street artist from Cape Town. See the full creative journey here.

In addition to all this, we also reviewed a number of books and wrote editorials commenting on cartoon-related news.

New cartoonist: Helena Anillo


We've been getting more and more female artists to join Cartoon Movement. A great development, although our community (reflecting the profession of political cartoonists in general) is still very much dominated by men.

So we take great pleasure in welcoming Spanish cartoonist Helena Anillo. Her work is very recognizable, with a playful style and limited color palette. She currently collaborates with media from Spain and Andorra. Check out her Instagram to see more of her work (in Spanish).