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Newsletter April 2023
News from the world of editorial cartooning
Thanks for taking the time to read our monthly dispatch from the world of visual satire. We’ve got some exciting news this month, with Cartoon Movement branching out its operations to the United States. And we’re reporting from the International Journalism Festival, where we hosted a workshop on the power of cartoons.
We (in the form of CM editors Tjeerd Royaards and Emanuele Del Rosso) were at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia to give a workshop about the power of cartoons. If you weren't there and didn't watch the livestream, you can watch the recording of the event on our blog.
In true workshop style, we didn't just talk about cartoons, but we challenged the audience to make a cartoon themselves. We gave them the assignment to come up with a cartoon featuring Putin and a tank, giving pointers on how to come up with the best visual.
Cartoon Movement incorporates CartoonArts International
We are very excited to announce that Cartoon Movement will incorporate US syndicate CartoonArts International. On May 3 (International Press Freedom Day), Cartoon Movement will step in to provide content for the political cartoon categories formerly provided by CartoonArts, on GoComics. Cartoon Movement will also take over the existing clients of CartoonArts, and integrate the editorial cartoons and caricatures of CartoonArts and its global roster of artists into its platform.
With the transition of CartoonArts International into the Cartoon Movement universe, Cartoon Movement will scale up its services in the entire US, Canada and Latin America area.
The fourth edition of the European Cartoon Award is open for submissions
From April 20 to June 1, 2023, cartoonists will be able to submit their work for the fourth edition of the European Cartoon Award. Founded in 2019, by the European Press Prize and Studio Europa Maastricht, the European Cartoon Award has one of the highest monetary prizes for cartoonists, granting its winner a prize of 10,000 euros. More information on our blog.
Open letter again AI-generated art
Well known illustrator Molly Crabapple has written an open letter protesting the use of AI-generated art by media:
If illustrators want to stay illustrators, the time to fight is now. Molly Crabapple and the Center for Artistic Inquiry and Reporting call on artists, publishers, journalists, editors, and journalism union leaders to take a pledge for human values against the use of generative-AI images to replace human-made art.
Media publishing takes intellectual property rights very seriously. Its business would not exist without upholding the laws and values that protect such rights. If newsrooms aim to resist corporate theft, they must commit to supporting editorial art made by people, not server farms.
You can add your signature to the open letter here.
Most popular this month
Take a look at the most popular cartoons from the last 30 days on our social media channels:
On Facebook and Instagram: Dalai Lama by Vasco Gargalo.
On Twitter: Mug shots by Glen Le Lievre.
On Pinterest: Finland joins NATO by Maarten Wolterink.