June 16, 2009
The Revolution Will Be Cartooned
There's a fine line between pointing out the aspects of a world event related to cartooning and seeing the world through comics eyes, and if you have a choice between reading comics news today and reading about whatever the heck is going on over there I hope you'll choose the latter, but there are a few aspects worth pointing out.
* something called the CNW group reports
that the newspaper Velayat
, that serves the Qazvin province north of Tehran, has been suspended by government authorities for publishing a cartoon featuring the embattled Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
* hugely influential political blogger Andrew Sullivan has been pointing people towards Iranian cartoonists like Nikahang Kosar/Kowsar
(cartoon below) and Mana Neistani/Neyestani
(above), although I think he may mis-identify the latter as female. You may remember Neyestani as the cockroach cartoonist
from a few years back.
* Sullivan also posted an example of decorative street art
used to communicate a political point.
* according to the Telegraph
, cartoons had played a role in the presidential election being questioned through a series of monkey-related cartoons aimed at the incumbent.
* Daryl Cagle doesn't have an index up yet
, so that's disappointing. I'm not aware of any other indexing services so that we could get an idea as to how US cartoonists are handling the story -- if
they're handling the story. Here's Pat Oliphant
, Jim Morin
and Tom Toles
, so that's pretty much the only folks I care about. I looked at about 30 to get those three, and for what it's worth there was only other cartoon on Iran.
posted 8:30 am PST
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