Friday, February 5, 2016

Oregonian pulls "Non Sequitur" strips in wake of stand-off shooting

Dan Gardner in The Daily Cartoonist.
The Oregonian pulled three strips from a Non Sequitur week-long strip series that poked fun at the armed occupants of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. The series ran January 25-30, but after one of the militant leaders was shot on the 27th during an attempt to arrest him by authorities, the paper opted not to run the final three strips in the series.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cartoonist Islam Gawish arrested for anti-government comics

From Mada Maar.

"I don't like being drawn!"
"Arrest of Islam Gawish, accused of having drawn the president…"
Cartoon by Andeel

Security forces arrested cartoonist Islam Gawish on Sunday for drawings critical of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the Egyptian state, his colleague Mohamed al-Ziyat told Mada Masr.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Angouleme organizers criticized for presenting fake awards

From Robot 6.

As if this year’s Angouleme International Comics Festival hadn’t been plagued by enough controversy, the organizers decided to play a practical joke at the closing ceremony that a lot of people didn’t find very funny.

The ceremony began with comedian Richard Gaitet, clad in a neon-blue suit and red bow tie, announcing, “This will be the shortest ceremony in history, because all we want to do is drink and dance.”

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Seth Laments the Demise of The Guelph Mercury Record

Seth for The Globe and Mail.

Illustration by Seth 

I don’t know – was I surprised or not surprised by the sudden closing of our local newspaper, the Guelph Mercury? 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Turkey Bans Cartoonist Latuff's Website

From Cartoonists Rights Network International.

Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff has reportedly had his website banned by the Turkish government. Latuff’s cartoons have frequently taken aim at Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Canadian artists weigh in on Grand Prix D'Angoulême sexism 'debacle'

John Sufrin from the CBC website.

Illustration by Philippe Pochep

When Montreal illustrator Julie Delporte saw the nominee list for this year's Grand Prix D'Angoulême — one of the most prestigious lifetime achievement awards in the comic book world — she was incredulous. The previous year's list was short on female nominees, so Delporte had hoped the prize, which will be announced Wed., Jan 27, would take the opportunity to be more inclusive. She was wrong. This year's list was exclusively male.