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The first prize of the 14th Turhan Selçuk International Cartoon Competition has been revoked after allegations of plagiarism were levelled at the author.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

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Two Quebec journalists receive the Michener-Baxter Award

From the Michener Awards

The Michener Awards Foundation (MAF) announced it is awarding Chantal Hébert and Terry Mosher its prestigious Michener-Baxter Award for exceptional service to Canadian public service journalism.

The Michener-Baxter Award was established in 1983 and is presented at the discretion of the foundation’s board of directors. 

The award is named for Clive Baxter, who received the first Michener Award in 1971 from then-Governor General Roland Michener.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Ed Hall 1962-2024

Talented artist, editorial cartoonist, designer and teacher Ed Hall lost his battle to cancer last Sunday. 

He bravely battled the disease over the last 8 years, never letting it slow his creativity. 

Monday, May 13, 2024

"Comics on Every Floor" at the Centre Pompidou

From Paul Gravett's Facebook page.

Illustration by David B, "L’ascension du Haut Mal", 2002
© David B, courtesy L’Association & galerie anne barrault

This summer, the Centre Pompidou in Paris is presenting an exceptional celebration of the ninth art.

The "Comics on Every Floor" event explores the sheer breadth of diversity of this form of artistic expression, displayed in all areas of the Centre Pompidou and catering to all ages.

Here's the programme: 

Saturday, May 11, 2024

New stamp series celebrates Canada's iconic graphic novelists

From Cision

Canada Post unveiled yesterday a stamp issue celebrating Canada's graphic novelists. 

The set of four stamps features the works of Chester Brown, Michel Rabagliati, Seth, and cousins Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki – all of whom have made significant contributions to the genre and continue a long line of Canadian storytellers honoured by Canada Post.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Toronto Cartoon Art Festival 2024

From the TCAF website.

Illustration by Nina Bunjevac

The Toronto Reference Library will be hosting the Toronto Cartoon Art Festival next weekend.

This Saturday at TCAF Joe Ollmann will be interviewing Seth, Chris Oliveros and Brad Mackay about their new book “The Collected Doug Wright: Canada’s Master Cartoonist (1963-1980)” live and in-person at the Hinton Room of the Toronto Reference Library at 12 p.m. 

Monday, May 6, 2024

Clay Bennett, 2024 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

From the Pulitzer Prizes website.

Columbia University today announced the 2024 Pulitzer Prizes, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Medar de la Cruz, a New Yorker contributor, won the Illustrated Reporting and Commentary category.

The finalists were Angie Wang (contributor, The New Yorke), Claire Healy, Nicole Dungca and Ren Galeno (contributors, The Washington Post) and Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Alexandra Bowman awarded first John Locher Memorial Fellowship

From The Daily Cartoonist.

The John Locher Memorial Award has evolved into the John Locher Memorial Fellowship and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has announced that Alexandra Bowman is the first beneficiary of the new honor.

Bowman is a political cartoonist, journalist, and satirist based in Washington, DC. 

Thursday, May 2, 2024

24th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition (Results)

First Prize: Bruce MacKinnon, Canada

The jury, composed of five members of World Press Freedom Canada committee, met on April 9 to select the winners of the 24th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition.

The theme, this year, was "Artificial Intelligence: yes or no?"