Devastating news: Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani, who drew the cartoon above to mock parliament members as they debated a bill to ban some forms of birth control, has been sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison. At her trial she forcefully defended her courageous advocacy work, emphasizing her belief that “each person [of] any nations, beliefs, and thoughts should have the same and equal rights and equality should run in society.”

As an appeal is reportedly in the works, let’s share her story widely to let President Hassan Rouhani‘s government know that the world is watching!

Read more at the blog.


L. J. Jordaan (1885-1980) was a powerful graphic artist and political cartoonist in Amsterdam for the magazine, Green.  He drew a biting series of anti-Nazi cartoons during the 1930s.  After the Nazis invaded the Netherlands, they promptly shut down his magazine but Jordaan continued working underground and for alternative publications.


Franz Wacik studied at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts and at the Vienna Academy.  From 1906 to 1919, he worked for the magazine “Muskete” – 600 of his drawings are from this period. In 1924, he designed the frescoes on the first floor of the Vienna Secession, and in 1927/8 the frescoes in the arcades of the municipal building on Vogelweidplatz…For his work, he was awarded the Lampi Prize and the Füger Medal as well as the State Prize in 1934. The Vienna Secession held a memorial exhibition in 1939.

Syrian gunmen break artist’s hands as ‘warning’

BEIRUT (AP) — A renowned political cartoonist whose drawings expressed Syrians’ frustrated hopes for change was grabbed after he left his studio early Thursday and beaten by masked gunmen who broke his hands and dumped him on a road outside Damascus.

One of Syria’s most famous artists, Ali Ferzat, 60, earned international recognition and the respect of many Arabs with stinging caricatures that infuriated dictators including Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi and, particularly in recent months, Syria’s autocratic Assad family.


VIDEO: Ian Knox on cartooning the Troubles, via mickfealty @mickfealty 

Original here.

I’m not a druggie but I thought, ‘I must try this opium once.’ I went straight back to the hotel and did a drawing of the opium den. It was the best drawing ever, better than Michelangelo, better than Leonardo. And how did it look the following day? Rubbish.
—  Gerald Scarfe