Wednesday, August 31, 2016

World Humor Awards: From a Small to a Great World

From the World Humor Awards website.

The exhibition of the works in competition in the first edition of the World Humor Awards was inaugurated last Wednesday in the stables of the Villa Pallavicino in Busseto, Italy.

140 cartoonists from 51 countries and 70 Italian submitted work under the theme "Climate Change" while 25 foreigners and 20 Italians did the same in the caricature category.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How Foreign Political Cartoonists Draw Donald Trump

From Politico.

Cartoon by Dan Murphy, Ireland

Click here for cartoons by Ralph Steadman, Ramses Morales, Plantu, DeAdder, Pismestrovic, Rowe, Bertrams, Paresh, Adcock, Christo Komar and Emad Hajjaj.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Refugee detained on Manus Island Wins Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning

From The Guardian.

An Iranian man currently detained in the Manus Island detention centre has won an international cartooning award for courage.

Ali, who goes by the pen name Eaten Fish, has been detained in Australia’s offshore immigration processing centre for more than three years. The 25-year-old suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder and has been assaulted while in the centre.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Richard Thompson RIP

Gail Rubin in A Good Goodbye.

The Blue Screen of Death by Richard Thompson

The award-winning cartoonist Richard Thompson, widely known for his syndicated comic strip Cul de Sac and Richard’s Poor Almanac cartoons, died of complications from Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 58 on July 27, 2016. A memorial service was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Saturday, August 27.

Friday, August 26, 2016

‘Floyd Norman: An Animated Life’

From Animation World Network.

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, the feature-length documentary following the life and career of legendary animator and story artist Floyd Norman by Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey, makes its theatrical debut with a limited engagement in select cities and day-and-date VOD and digital release on Friday, August 26.

The trailer after the fold:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Musa Gümüs Exhibition at the European Cartoon Center

From the ECC website.

The European Cartoon Center presents, from September 25 until December 18, an exhibition of the work of Turkish cartoonist Musa Gümüs.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"Yuge: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump"

From ProCartoonists.

Garry Trudeau is the creator of the comic strip “Doonesbury” and the first cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize. Perhaps foretelling the future can now be added to his list of talents…

Nearly thirty years ago Trudeau ran a series of comic strips satirising the narcissistic Trump’s political ambitions. They now appear almost prophetic as the strangely coiffeured one’s run for the Presidency unfolds as a clanger riddled farce.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Case For Pencils

From the blog A Case For Pencils.

Barry Blitt is featured in the latest instalment of "A Case For Pencils", a peek inside the pencil bags of New Yorker cartoonists, created/edited/run by Jane Mattimoe.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Patrick Woodbury honoured

From the NPAC website.

Firefighters were called to the offices of National Defense in Ottawa for a fire on the sixth floor, April 21, 2016.

Patrick Woodbury of LeDroit won the News Photographers Association of Canada's first prize for the best photo of April 2016 in the spot news category.  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The deadly choices Syrian children face

From Quartz.

Khalid Albaih, a Sudanese cartoonist based in Doha, is one of the most poignant commentators of the struggles of refugees, migrants, and victims of war and religious persecutions. 

Through his cartoons, like one depicting a black Jesus drowned in the Mediterranean, or an angel holding a dead Syrian child, he not only draws attention to tragedies but also the causes behind them.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Cartoonist Doğan Güzel and journalists released

From Cartoonists Rights Network.

Cartoonist Dogan Güzel was among the 22 journalists, arrested last Tuesday at offices of the Istanbul-based newspaper Özgür Gündem, who have been released from custody.

Friday, August 19, 2016

"Bathroom Humor: National Cartoonists Take on HB2" Exhibition

From Indy Week.

My contribution to the exhibition.

"Bathroom Humor: National Cartoonists Take on HB2" will be on exhibit at the Horse & Buggy Press in downtown Durham from Aug.19–Sept. 25, and in various locations around Duke Campus during the 2016 Political Cartoon & Satire Festival.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cartoonist Doğan Güzel Among Journalists Arrested in Turkey

From Cartoonists Rights Network.

Cartoonist Dogan Güzel was among the journalists arrested in the government raid on the Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem in Istanbul on Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cartoonist Zunar in Malaysian government’s crosshairs

Ana Salvá in The Southeast Asia Globe.

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar faces decades in jail for criticising the government. But his struggle against oppression has inspired a new generation of artists.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

World Press Photo 2016

If you are in the Ottawa region, don't miss the 2016 World Press Photo exhibition at the War Museum. The (free) exhibition ends this Wednesday.

North Korea: Life in the Cult of Kim, David Guttenfelder (USA)

Here is a totally personal selection of favourites:

Friday, August 12, 2016

Wither Bulgaria's House of Humour and Satire

Michael Kimmelman in The New York Times.

Officials at the Gabrovo House of Humor and Satire, a relic of a vanished regime, on more or less the margins of Central Europe, talk wistfully about becoming a more popular destination once again, if only they could come up with the money and a good plan. If only. 
Across the former Communist world museums like the House have been repurposed as ironic attractions for tourists often too young to remember much if anything about the Soviet era. Funnily, the House of Humor and Satire isn’t one of these. It lacks irony.

Touchingly so.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Adolf Born 1930 - 2016

Czech painter, illustrator, caricaturist and film-maker Adolf Born died on 22 May 2016 at the age of 85.

Born on June 12 1930 in the town of České Velenice on the Bohemian side of the southern border with Austria, Adolf Born studied in visual arts from 1949 to 1955 in Prague, where he lived and worked. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

World Social Forum’s Controversial Cartoon

From The National Post and IsraellyCool.

The federal government has distanced itself from a major international gathering opening Tuesday in Montreal following complaints that its programming included anti-Semitic content.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Mike Ramirez Joins The Daily Signal

Ken McIntyre in The Daily Signal.

Michael Ramirez, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist who for years has skewered the powerful and saluted everyday heroes, joins The Daily Signal this week.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Mike Ramirez Takes up the Bill Clinton ‘Hillary Cartoon’ Challenge

From Mental Recession.

Bill Clinton’s address to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week was supposed to humanize Hillary, make her more relatable, and shift the focus away from her perpetual lies and scandals.

According to Bill, Hillary’s detractors create false impressions.

“So your only option is to create a cartoon, a cartoon alternative, then run against the cartoon,” he said. “Cartoons are two-dimensional, they’re easy to absorb.”

Political cartoonist Michael Ramirez decided the words “your only option is to create a cartoon” constituted a challenge, and he accepted.

Friday, August 5, 2016

More Than 40 Artists and Designers Accuse Zara of Plagiarism

From Hyperallergic.

A week ago, Los Angeles-based artist Tuesday Bassen posted a photo on Instagram contrasting her original designs for pins and patches with alleged ripoffs sold by Zara, the international clothing brand.

The products were nearly identical, featuring heart-shaped lollipops and rubber erasers. Bassen’s post went viral, and now, more than 40 independent artists and designers have come forward accusing Zara of plagiarism.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Female Cartoonists On Drawing Hillary Clinton

From The Huffington Post.

Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

Signe Wilkinson, Ann Telnaes and Jen Sorensen are three women cartoonists who’ve watched Clinton transform from a first lady to a senator to secretary of state to a presidential candidate.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

World Press Cartoon 2016 Update

World Press Cartoon announced on director's Antonio Antunes Facebook account that, due to difficulties encountered by their major sponsor, the annual event will take a pass on its' 2016 edition. 

The organizers will concentrate their efforts on realizing World Press Cartoon 2017. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Cartoonists Cover the Democratic National Convention

Michael Cavna in The Washington Post.

Cartoon by Nate Beeler

After having taken on The Donald last week, here is how editorial cartoonists Steve Breen, Steve Kelley, Mike Luckovich, Matt Davies, Rob Rogers, Lalo Alcaraz, Matt BorsNate Beeler and Michael Ramirez have painted the Democratic National Convention.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Carol Highsmith Sues Getty Images for $1 Billion

Carey Dunne in Hyperallergic.

Photo from "This is America!"

In December, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website.

It demanded payment of $120.