Cartooning for Peace has released a report on the situation of cartoonists worldwide 2016/2017:
This report proposes a double approach: a country-based approach to contextualize cartoonists’ relationship to freedom of expression and an angle on emblematic cartoonists' cases.
Topics covered are: censorship (Vilma/Ecuador; Aseem Trivedi/India), legal proceedings (Bonil/Ecuador; Zunar/Malaysia), abusive dismissal (Gado/Kenya; Rayma/Venezuela), physical assaults (Ali Ferzat/Syria), imprisonment (Musa Kart/Turkey; Islam Gawish/Egypt), and death threats (Osama Hajjaj/Jordan; Khalid Gueddar/Morocco).
Cartoonists defy threats in order to inform us on the state of democracy during periods of insecurity and trouble.
In a context where violations at freedom of expression have worsened, it is indispensable to give the floor to those who take up the pencil, in order to pay tribute to their stories and struggles and to thank them so that we do not close our eyes on what is happening in the rest of the world.
This report is based on the information collected by Cartooning for Peace’s watchdog and alert unit and the work of external contributors (Vladimir Vasak, investigative reporter for Arte; Jonathan Guyer, specialist on satire in the Middle East; Terry Anderson from Cartoonists Rights Network International).
Cover image by Riber (Sweden).
Luis Buenaventura is a cartoonist, author, and tech entrepreneur from the Philippines. His cartoons often comments on technology's impact on culture; his artwork is inspired by Herge, Bill Watterson, and Geoff Darrow. Check out more of his work on his website.
I watched Sean Spicer’s White House press conference today. We have a drinking game where I have to take a shot every time Spicer says “very clear.” Ooh. The world is spinning. I can’t keep watching these press conferences.
The leftist media (mainstream media), CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and New York Times are a part of the Russian collusion delusion club. Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2017.
More A.F. Branco Cartoons at Net Right Daily.
Here’s my Trump as Nixon!
I just got back from a National Cartoonists Society/USO trip to Bahrain, drawing for the troops. Next week I’m off to Belgium for the Festival in Virton and an exhibition of my work. Sorry for all the time away. I’ll draw lots of cartoons in June. Really. And I’ll do another blog post about my Bahrain trip.
Of-course, whenever I’m away there is lots of news and I wish I was here drawing cartoons. Trump firing FBI director Comey was big news everywhere and the obvious cartoon to draw was Trump as Nixon, while the pundits on TV were making references to Trump and Nixon’s famous “Saturday Night Massacre” firing the Watergate Special Prosecutor who was investigating Nixon, along with a couple of Attorney Generals. A combo Trump/Nixon was the obvious cartoon to draw and I expected that a lot of other cartoonists would draw the same thing at the same time. It is fun to draw.
One issue we have with “yahtzees” or cartoonists drawing the same obvious image at the same time, is that the cartoon that is obvious to cartoonists typically isn’t obvious to readers or editors – and it is usually the cartoon that editors really want. There’s an old saying among cartoonists, “If one other guy drew it, you’re a plagiarist, if three other guys drew it, you’re a hack, if five other guys drew it, you’re following a great tradition.”
I sketched this one up on the plane back from Bahrain and expected to see some other Nixon/Trumps when I got back to the USA. I wasn’t disappointed. Still, I’ll bet all of these get a good rate of reprinting. Here is how some of my other favorite cartoonists handled their Trump/Nixons. This first one is by Taylor Jones …
Here’s one by Jeff Darcy of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer …
This one is by Trevor Irvin from Florida …
The next one is by Rick McKee of the Augusta Chronicle …
This one is by RJ Matson …
This one is by Jeff Koterba of the Omaha World-Herald …
Here’s another from Mark Streeter from the Savannah Morning News …
There are lots more Nixon/Trumps on our site and other editorial cartoon sites. Collect them all!
I’ll be having an exhibition of my work in Ville de Virton, Belgium. If you’ll be around – come and meet me! The exhibition opening is May 18th at 6:30pm at the Caves de l’Hotel de Ville de Virton.
I’m a guest of the excellent Festival International de la Caricature de la BD du Dessin de Press et d’Humour in Rouvroy-Virton Belgium, near Luxembourg, May 19, 20 and 21. I’ll be sitting around doing drawings for folks and I’ll probably give a couple of lectures. This festival is organized by France-Cartoons, the association of French cartoonists that I got to know from the editorial cartoonists Salon in St Just le Martel, so it is my old buddies I travel to hang with. It is cool, and it looks like they have a Trump theme this year! heir poster is funny.