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.
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.
The Washington Post’s column Comic Riffs has a look at the best cartoons of President Obama from 2010. Written by Michael Cavna he writes:
Enough political misfortune must be amassed before the slings and arrows really stick with substance, perhaps even striking an Achilles’ heel or two.So it is that the cartoonists’ darts, in 2010, appeared to more routinely fly true, from both sides and the middle. Which sets up 2011 as potentially a defining year, not only for President Obama’s ever-sharpening image but also for even some of the political satirists bearing sharpened nibs.
There’s some great cartoons and if you like political cartoons, definitely check it out.
Russian cartoonists are turning to the internet to publish political cartoons that newspapers are shying away from printing. Press have been increasingly scared to criticize President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and even local government.
Much of the satire is aimed at Putin’s and Medvedev’s relationship, often hinting Medvedev is nothing but a puppet of Putin.
This isn’t the first time media has been afraid to criticize Putin. The satirical puppet television show Kukly, or Puppets, which was wildly popular in the 1990s, closed down soon after Putin became president. It included a grotesque Putin character.
The most likely place to see such speech is at a museum and even at a recent exhibit Russia and the United States: Political Cartoons Yesterday and Today those were few and far between.
Bleeding Cool made us aware of this story. Due to the Pope‘s visit to Spain in November, humour magazine Retranca saw an issue of theirs “kidnapped” by the printer. The issue ran a political cartoon focusing on the cost of the visit.
Fantagraphics Books will be releasing The Great Anti-War Cartoons, edited by Craig Yoe. This book collects over 4 centuries of the best protest art, spanning the globe and the political spectrum.
Fantagraphics is providing a preview of the book by giving away the first chapter away for free as a 10 page downloadable PDF. You can find the link to download the free preview here. There is also a Flickr slideshow showing off the book.
The book should be available in the coming weeks but is ready for pre-order now.
The upcoming Small Press Expo in Bethesda Maryland on October 4 and 5 will be going the political route. With the upcoming national elections the convention has decided to hold panels on political cartooning, bringing some of the best talent from around the country to join the event.
Tom Tomorrow, the award winning cartoonist and creator of The Future Is So Bright I Can’t Bare To Look!, and Lloyd Dangle the creator of the long running political cartoon series Troubletown, will both be making appearances at the show.
A two day pass is a more than reasonable $15, and we’ll be there to cover it all.