Thursday, April 30, 2015

15th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition (Results)

Grand Prize: Signe Wilkinson (USA)

The jury, composed of members of the Committee, met April 7, 2015 to select the winners of the 15th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Canada 150 logo

From Brand New and the CBC website.

Canada 150 is an initiative by the Government of Canada to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary in 2017. The Canada 150 logo will be featured in all Government of Canada products and events related to the 150th anniversary.

The logo was designed by Ariana Mari Cuvin, 19, a student of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, winner of the Canada 150 Logo Design Contest. Ariana was chosen from a field of over 300 eligible entries.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Salman Rushdie slams critics of PEN’s Charlie Hebdo tribute

Salman Rushdie, who spent years in hiding after a fatwa was issued against him, has spoken out strongly against the decision by six of his fellow authors to withdraw from the PEN annual gala in New York over the organisation’s decision to honour Charlie Hebdo with its freedom of expression courage award.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Peanuts Movie’ Posters

From Cartoon Brew.

Fox has released a series of nine eleven character posters for Blue Sky Studios’s The Peanuts Movie. The Steve Martino-directed film will be released by Fox on November 6, 2015.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TCAF Unveils 2015 Poster

From the TCAF website.

Poster by Pascal Blanchet
Pascal Blanchet is a singular cartoonist and illustrator, whose books include White Rapids, Baloney, La Fugue, and Nocturne. They have been published in multiple languages by esteemed publishers Les Éditions de la Pastèque (French), Drawn & Quarterly (English), and Barbara Fiore (Spanish). 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Why Hillary Clinton's Controversial Campaign Logo Could Prove to Be a Winner

Steven Heller in The Atlantic.

Since anything to do with Hillary raises red (and blue) flags, critics assumed that the logo must be packed with symbolism. So, left-wingers were displeased that the arrow is red and points to the right, while right-wingers were annoyed that, when reversed, the arrow points left. 
Not since the Soviets ideologically censored art for geographical orientation—things facing West were forbidden—has the mere direction of anything been so disparaged. But that doesn’t mean Hillary’s logo should be given a free pass. The folks at FedEx, Tag Heuer, Amazon, and at least a dozen other corporations are justifiably upset because they have arrows in their logos, too—and how many arrows can the market bear? 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Adam Zyglis wins the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning

For a distinguished cartoon or portfolio of cartoons, characterized by originality, editorial effectiveness, quality of drawing and pictorial effect, published as a still drawing, animation or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000) is awarded to Adam Zyglis of The Buffalo News, who used strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Why Garry Trudeau Is Wrong About "Charlie Hebdo"

David Frum responds to Garry Trudeau in The Atlantic.


In thanks for an award honoring his lifetime of achievement as a cartoonist, Trudeau used the occasion to denounce the murdered cartoonists and editors of Charlie Hebdo. The Atlantic posted his remarks.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mention in "Power & Influence"

A cartoon I drew for Le Droit was mentioned in the article "Wanted: Political satire, the pure, gritty, unfiltered and critical stuff" in the spring issue of "Power & Influence", included in the current issue of The Hill Times.

John Baird had a long feud with Le Droit newspaper, and wouldn’t do interviews because he had a problem with an image that the paper’s cartoonist Guy Badeaux, aka Bado, drew of him. At the time, Mr. Baird was the Ontario Minister of Francophone Affairs in then premier Mike Harris’ Cabinet and the French-first Montfort hospital in Vanier was slated to close.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Drawn & Quarterly at 25

From the Drawn & Quarterly website.

Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels is an eight hundred-page thank-you letter to the cartoonists whose steadfast belief in a Canadian micro-publisher never wavered.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Gary Trudeau on the Abuse of Satire

From The Atlantic.

Traditionally, satire has comforted the afflicted while afflicting the comfortable. Satire punches up, against authority of all kinds, the little guy against the powerful. Great French satirists like Molière and Daumier always punched up, holding up the self-satisfied and hypocritical to ridicule. Ridiculing the non-privileged is almost never funny—it’s just mean.
By punching downward, by attacking a powerless, disenfranchised minority with crude, vulgar drawings closer to graffiti than cartoons, Charlie wandered into the realm of hate speech, which in France is only illegal if it directly incites violence. 
Well, voila—the 7 million copies that were published following the killings did exactly that, triggering violent protests across the Muslim world, including one in Niger, in which ten people died. Meanwhile, the French government kept busy rounding up and arresting over 100 Muslims who had foolishly used their freedom of speech to express their support of the attacks.

Here is how 15 of America’s leading cartoonists responded.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Reprints on the iPolitics website (25)

Last Saturday's Le Droit cartoon is featured on the iPolitics website...

Le Droit, Saturday April 4, 2015

as well as this one published the previous Monday:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Malaysian Cartoonist Zunar Charged with Nine Counts of Sedition

From Cartoonists Rights Network International.

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar has been charged with nine counts of sedition in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. If convicted on all charges he faces more than 40 years in prison. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

The 2015 Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning

From the Doug Wright Awards blog.

Political cartoonist Merle Tingley to be inducted into the Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame

The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning, which will be announced in a ceremony held at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival May 9, are proud to announce their finalists for 2015.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"Heckling Hitler: World War II in Cartoon & Comic Art"

Cartoon by Emett

Heckling Hitler: World War II in Cartoon & Comic Art
The Cartoon Museum
35 Little Russell Street
London WC1A 2HH
25 March - 12 July 2015
It is difficult for those of us living in the 21st century to realise the impact of cartoon art 70 years ago. To a news-hungry public, anxious about world affairs facing possible invasion, the radio was a lifeline, but it was the topical cartoon with its immediacy and universal accessibility ? even to the barely literate ? that could speak the message mere words could never convey. The propagandists and media manipulators were swift to recognize this power.