Yesterday was this week’s new releases… what’d everyone get?
Around the Blogs:
Bleeding Cool – The Dark Knight Rises, And Rises: Batman #1 CGC 9.2 Sells For Record $850,000 – Some crazy records are being broken for these types of sales.
Superman Super Site – Alex Ross to Receive Prestigious American Academy of Art Award – The man deserves it.
Around the Tubes Reviews:
Paste Magazine – Comic Book & Graphic Novel Round-Up (5/9/12)
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Around the Blogs:
ArtsBeat – Belgian Court Refuses to Ban ‘Tintin in the Congo’ – If you’re pro-free speech, got to support this decision, no matter of your opinion of the material.
CBLDF – Political Cartoonist Charged with Treason in India – Jesus…
Spandexless – Iranian Cartoonist in Exile Delivers Message in A Graphic Novel – I’ll need to check this out.
CBR – “The Walking Dead” Devours Basic Cable Records – The first episode was so good.
Bleeding Cool – Snippets from ComicsPro Annual Meeting 2012 – Oh how I wish I had been a fly on the wall…
Around the Tubes Reviews:
CBR – Punishermax #22
Publishers Weekly – Comics Reviews February 2012
Hayden Currie has handed out hundreds of free comic books starring New Zealand‘s Prime Minister John Key in the lead up to this week’s election. According to Currie the focus is on Key’s National government:
Sure, things are bad. But at least our Prime Minister drinks beer like a real bloke should. We could talk child poverty and rising living costs all day, but you can’t deny the fact that Key has some great slogans.
The response has been positive so far. You can check out what’s making the round at http://haydencurrie.blogspot.com/
Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better-known among comic fans as Zunar is pushing against the Malaysian government in a fight over free speech and censorship. In September 2010, police arrested Zunar on a sedition charge just hours before a book release party. He’s one of the few cartoonists willing to take on the government in the country. The government claimed he violated the Printing Presses and Publications Act because he didn’t have a license to publish. He was later released without charge.
The majority Muslim nation is finally easing it’s strict censorship laws, but that’s only after decades of repressive and strict control over free speech. Last month, authorities banned a television commercial made by famous actors and musicians urging Malaysians to exercise their right to vote and featuring both government and opposition politicians lip-synching to a pro-democracy song. The government claimed it wasn’t ok’ed to air.
While there is some easing of laws in the lead up to elections that must be called in 18 months, that doesn’t include sedition laws which are used to prosecute against speech the government doesn’t like and you’ll still need to apply to print if you don’t have one already.
As a whole the Asian region has issues with freedom of political speech and freedom of expression, especially those that falls in the category of criticizing the government. Luckily many are turning to the internet where such laws can’t be enforced. But, Zunar has already felt the force of the existing laws. While there’s lots of talk, the real test will be if we see political cartoons by Zunar printed in his nation’s newspapers.
Next Media Animation, the Taiwanese animation company that takes news and animates it, has put together their take on the recent happenings to political cartoonist Ali Ferzat. Ferzat is a Syrian cartoonist who was assaulted by government thugs. There’s been an outcry of support for Ferzat and it’s only added to the calls for a regime change in the country.
Political cartoonist Ali Ferzat responded to the beating he received from Syrian pro-government forces. This tweet went up not long ago.
It linked to this cartoon drawn by Ali Ferzat. I think it says it all.
Update – Over on his website Ali Ferzat the confusion has been cleared and the drawing was not done by Ferzat, but by a supporter. The translation from the website, according to Google translate, is:
Dear friends, this is not a caricature of Mr. Ali Farzat fee and has no relation with it. Therefore necessary to note, thank you.
A friend of Mr. Ali Farzat
Also, the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists has condemmed the attack and are urging world governments to do the same. Their statement:
As cartoonists, we are outraged at the pointed brutality of the attack on Mr. Ferzat. Breaking the hands of a cartoonist is more than an attack on one brave individual, it’s an attack on the right of a people to express themselves. It’s an act of a desperate regime foolishly thinking that its violence and efforts to intimidate will keep a cartoonist from criticizing the regime’s repressive behavior.
Instead, it only sets hundreds of hands to drawing the clear conclusion that those behind the brutal repression have lost all legitimacy.
Ali Ferzat, a cartoonist who has been critical of the Syrian government, was forced from his car and brutally beaten. According to the UN more than 2,200 have been killed in protesting the government since mid-March. They are demanding the removal of President Bashar al-Assad whose family has been in power for 40 years.
One of Ali Ferzat’s latest cartoons shows President Assad sweatily clutching a suitcase while he tries to hitch a lift with the Libyan leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi, who is furiously driving a getaway car.
Activists in Syria say Ferzat was forcibly removed from his car in Damascus, beaten and dumped at the side of a road.
The BBC has more on the situation in Syria.
Daring to Draw: An Evening with Political Cartoonists from Around the World
Monday, June 20, 2011
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Holeman Lounge, The National Press Club
Free for Press Club Members, Non Members: $10
Free for DC Conspiracy Members and any other DC cartoonists (enter discount code DOS)
Registration Required at: http://press.org/events/daring-draw-evening-political-cartoonists-around-world#tickets
Press Club Hosts Political Cartoonists From Around the World
Political cartoonists have the unique ability to capture complex issues in a picture and a few short words. In many parts of the world, they contribute political commentary that few print or broadcast journalists would dare.
The U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is hosting a group of 20 political cartoonists from North Africa, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia. During their three weeks in the U.S., they will meet with fellow cartoonists around the country and get a taste of American culture.
We invite you to a welcoming reception hosted jointly by the U.S. Department of State and the National Press Club. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club. A brief program will begin at 6 p.m. The international cartoonists’ pieces will be on display and they will be available to discuss their work and experiences.A cash bar will be available and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
This event is free to members of the National Press Club and $10 for non members.
Wizard’s website covers the story, but here’s the highlights:
- The Joker was created by Batman artist and political cartoonist Jerry Robinson
- Robinson launched a media campaign to free the imprisoned Uruguayan political cartoonist Francisco Laurenzo Pons
- Organized a major syndicate for editorial artists to control their own work
- Helped Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster get a much needed financial settlement and their byline restored on their famous creation Superman