Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Iranian Cartoonist Sentenced to Six Years

From The Daily Cartoonist

From Iran International:
The Revolutionary Court of Tehran has handed down a six-year prison sentence to Atena Farghadani, a cartoonist targeted for her critique of the government.

According to her attorney, Mohammad Moqimi, Farghadani has been behind bars since her arrest on April 13, charged with “insulting sacred values and propagating against the ruling system”.
Farghadani received five years for the former and an additional year for the latter. Moqimi blasted the proceedings as a “sham trial” in a post on the X, denouncing the judiciary’s manipulation of charges to secure the harshest possible sentence.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

"What, Me Worry? The Art and Humor of MAD Magazine" Exhibition

From the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Illustration by Richard Williams

The Norman Rockwell Museum will explore the art and satire of MAD magazine in the exhibit, What, Me Worry? The Art and Humor of MAD Magazine. 

Over 150 pieces of original art will be displayed, including paintings, drawings, cartoons, ephemera, artifacts, and other media. 

One gallery will be focused solely on the work of Mort Drucker, who spent more than five decades drawing caricatures and illustrations for MAD.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Rainer Hachfeld 1939-2024

German political cartoonist and playwright Rainer Hachfeld died of a stroke in Berlin on May 27.

Born on March 9, 1939 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Hachfeld studied animation and stage design from 1956 to 1960 at the Master School for Arts and Crafts in Berlin

Monday, June 3, 2024

Reuben Nominees for 2023 Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year

From the National Cartoonists Society.

The National Cartoonists Society has revealed the nominees for the Reuben Award (Cartoonist of the Year). Due to a tie there are six finalist rather than the usual five.
  • Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Darrin Bell and the creator of Candorville
  • Daniel Clowes – comic book creator of last year’s highly acclaimed graphic novel Monica.
  • Cartoonist Will Henry, creator of the Wallace the Brave comic strip. 
  • Hilary B. Price – cartoonist, storyteller, speaker (Hillary’s 12th year being nominated). 
  • Phoebe and Her Unicorn comic strip and best-selling books cartoonist Dana Simpson
  • Lio’s cartoonist and graphic novel author Mark Tatulli (Mark’s 11th nomination for The Reuben).
The winner of the Reuben will be announced on August 23, 2024 at the Reuben Awards Banquet, part of the annual NCS Conference held this year in San Diego.

Friday, May 31, 2024

Chinese agents hatched plot to kidnap RFA cartoonist

From Radio Free Asia.

Chinese security forces once sought to kidnap Radio Free Asia cartoonist Rebel Pepper, a defector has claimed to the Australian Broadcast Corporation, or ABC.

A Chinese national who used the pseudonym Eric revealed on the ABC program “Four Corners” that he once worked as an agent in the Ministry of Public Security, or MPS, where he was tasked with luring overseas dissidents back to China for the police.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Pictures at an exhibition

From the Facebook pages of Benoit Peeters and Jenny Robb.

The “Comics 1964-2024” exhibition opened yesterday at the Centre Pompidou.

750 original documents linking European, American and Japanese creations in a relevant and often magical way, undoubtedly makes it the most beautiful to date.

You can discover admirable originals by George Herriman, Geo McManus, Hergé, Calvo as well as creations by Lorenzo Mattotti, Chris Ware, Blutch, David B, Emmanuel Guibert, Catherine Meurisse and many others.

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum also lent artworks by Winsor McCay, Will Eisner, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Jay Lynch and Bill Watterson.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Turhan Selçuk Competition revokes winning cartoon


The first prize of the 14th Turhan Selçuk International Cartoon Competition has been revoked after allegations of plagiarism were levelled at the author. 

An investigation determined that Mehmet Akif Özdal had previously participated in various competitions by copying other artists’ cartoons.