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Arab winter, with a hint of spring: the status quo of regional comics – by Joost Pollmann

   “Comics and cartoons are being drawn, printed and published from Maroc to Qatar, but in Europe hardly anyone knows they exist. Even worse is that many Westerners believe that in islamic culture pictures are completely forbidden!” I wrote this in the opening paragraph of my book ‘Chouf! Qra! – Comics & cartoons in the …

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The Website Has a New Look!

You probably noticed that Drawing the Times looks a bit different. We made some necessary changes: instead of  showcasing the current special on the homepage we now feature new and relevant stories. The overview of the different elements of Drawing the Times on the homepage are more balanced. You can share each story now. And to be able …

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Bob Mollema – Syr x Amadeus Lyceum

Bob Mollema who published the story Bed, Bath and Dead on Drawing the Times, started a new project with an important role for refugees. Amadeus Lyceum asked Bob to start up an engaged project for their students. He took initiative and contacted restaurant Syr, where the kitchen is run by Syrian refugees, to start a collaboration. Together with the students and …

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Diala Brisly – Syrian artist’s drawings on Syria

Artist Diala Brisly fled Syria in 2013. She now lives in France but she’s well known inside Syria for her work on a children’s magazine, Zayton and Zaytonah – like Olive and Oliver, a boy and a girl. There are a lot of olive trees and olive farms in the north of Syria.. The main …

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Croque ton histoire – Scribble Your Story

Fier de toi! Proud Of  You!   Open Call In collaboration with Free Press Unlimited, Drawing the Times is organizing a contest in graphic journalism in selected African countries: Rwanda/Burundi, Mali, Bénin, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is an open call for all artists living in these countries to enter the contest by making a visual …

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Victoria Lomasko: The green shoots of Russian grassroots activism (part 2)

Protesting truckers make a placard: “20 February: the day when the trucks won’t pass” Our story on Russia’s grassroots activism continues. From Moscow’s parks to federal highways, ordinary citizens learn the power of protest – and of solidarity. Over the past few years, Russian artist Viktoria Lomasko has travelled widely across Russia, as well as to Armenia, …

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An Image for Fraternity

The RATP and Fraternité in France organized the exhibition Une image pour la fraternité in metro station Hôtel de Ville in Paris, initiated by the philosopher Abdennour Bidar. They are on display until November 14 and will travel through France afterwards. Jeanne Verdoux made this drawing just after the attacks on Bataclan in Paris exactly one …

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What would the year 2020 look and feel like if Trump wins the U.S. Elections?

  Artist draw what concerns them if Trump wins the U.S. elections at the Comic Arts Brooklyn Festival on November 5th. Drawings by Anonymous, Mike Taylor, Morgan Holub, Keith Jones, Paul Kirchner, Hic & Hoc, Nicole Rifkin, Sanita kuš!, R. Sikoryak and Nate Doyle.                

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Innocent Drawing

  A group of artists in The Hague: Babette Wagenvoort, Frits Dijcks and Erik-Jan Ligtvoet initiated Innocent Drawing because they felt the need to draw for a ‘good cause’. They have started by drawing postcards for prisoners of conscience that are sent via Amnesty International. The drawings are innocent, i.e. they can’t have political meanings, because they might …

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Victoria Lomasko: A Trip to Tbilisi

A trip to Tbilisi Victoria Lomasko Translation: Thomas Campbell Even before the trip, I had heard lots of rave reviews about Tbilisi from friends. They had told me about the beauty and hospitality of Georgians, about big meals with sing-alongs, about Tbilisi’s old courtyards. “What can I say about this tourist town that would be …

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Victoria Lomasko: The green shoots of Russian grassroots activism (part 1)

What do two Moscow parks and a truck drivers’ trade union have in common? They have been the focus of protests that have shown that the Russian public may be losing its traditional passivity. Over the past few years, Russian artist Viktoria Lomasko has travelled widely across Russia, as well as to Armenia, Georgia and …

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Violence and Misery Reign Supreme in the Divided City of Hebron

Hebron, the city of the Biblical patriarchs on the West Bank, plays a major role in the violence that has been plaguing Israel and the Palestinian Territories since late last year. Israeli settlers are talking about bloody terror, the Palestinians about a suffocating occupation. Two irreconcilable narratives from a divided city. Text DAVID ORANJE Illustrations …

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The Nib

The Nib is a daily comics publications that is part of First Look Media. They publish political cartoons, journalism, essays and memoir about what is going down in the world, all in comics form. The Nib delivers engaging and provocative social commentary in the form of political cartoons, comics journalism, and non-fiction writing from a …

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Komikazen – International Reality Comics Festival

Komikazen International Reality Comics Festival is an annual festival for non-fiction comics organized by Elettra Stamboulis and Gianluca Costantini and sponsored by Mirada Cultural Association. The first edition took place in 2005 in Ravenna, Italy with special guests Phoebe Gloeckner, Joe Sacco and Marjane Satrapi. This year the event took place in Rimini from May …

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Women From Molenbeek – Portraits by Judith Vanistendael

Malika Saissi, Coordinator of the woman’s movement Kaleidoscoop in Molenbeek “Since 5 years I crush taboos. We talk about homosexuality. I had to be strategic. I didn’t want to offend any of these women. We’re trying to catch up a deprivation of 30 years, but it works! After the attacks on Paris there is a …

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Stripdagen Haarlem – Drawing Modern Feminism

Stripdagen Haarlem   Stripdagen Haarlem is a biannual comic festival in the center of the old city of Haarlem, Netherlands that took place for the first time in 1992. The festival consists of many (free) exhibitions, fairs, discourses, concerts, movie screenings, award festivities and children activities. The main fair will be held in the first …

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PostiveNegatives – True Stories. Drawn from Life.

PositiveNegatives produce literary comics about contemporary social and human rights issues. They combine ethnographic research with illustration and photography, adapting personal testimonies into art, education and advocacy materials. PositiveNegatives was initiated by Benjamin Dix. He worked  in Sri Lanka for the UN for four years. When he returned to England he started to write his Phd thesis …

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Strapazin – Das Comic Magazine

The international comic magazine in German language “Abhauen, weggehen, Flucht“ – No. 122 / March 2016 The theme of this issue is Refugees. There are stories by Mazen Kerbaj (Lebanon), Hila Noam (Israel), Christoph Abbrederis (Austria), Paula Bulling (Germany), Harsho Chatteraj (India), Zep (Switzerland), Isabel Peterhans (Switzerland) and Ro (Switzerland). Subscriptions: www.strapazin.ch / www.strapazin.de Drawing the …

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Brush & Bow – Exploring individual stories within wider social issues through art and music

Brush&Bow is a platform for creative journalism, using illustrations and sound-recordings to explore the individual voices and stories of people within current social issues. As a musician and artist duo, Harriet Paintin and Hannah Kirmes-Daly work closely together, using the arts to create spaces of communication, trust and celebration. In a world full of divisions, …

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Cartoon Movement – There is more than one truth.

The Cartoon Movement is a  a community of international editorial cartoonists and fans of political satire. The Cartoon Movement is part of The Video Journalism Movement (VJ Movement). The Cartoon Movement was set up by Tjeerd Royaards, a Dutch editorial cartoonist. Tjeerd is Editor-in-Chief. He is also on the Board of Advisors of Cartoonists Rights Network International and …

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Dunkirk Refugee Camp – “The Failure of our Humane Europe”

In the northern French town of Grande-Synthe, a suburb of Dunkirk and a two-hour drive from the Dutch border, it is harrowing to see how the European asylum policy is failing. Plagued by infectious diseases, violent people smugglers and unwilling authorities, the 3000 inhabitants of the refugee camp there are desperately trying to survive the …

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Abadaringi – A graphic novel about the people of the Ecole d’Art Nyundo (Rwanda) from 1990 to the present day

Jeroen Janssen lived and worked in Rwanda until 1994, when hell broke loose. He taught at the Art school of Nyundo, the only art school of Rwanda, located in the green hills between the Nile and the Congo river. He returned 20 years later with his sketchbook and his markers looking for the people and places …

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Little Heroes – People That Make a Difference.

Kleine Helden – Little Heroes, is an anthology of nine stories made by graduate students of the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels. They are based on a series of documentaries that Rudi Vranckx made for the Flemish television channel Canvas. They tell the stories of people that make a difference in their communities. They …

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Victoria Lomasko: A Trip to Dagestan

Elmira, a Kumyk woman   A Trip to Dagestan Victoria Lomasko Translation: Thomas Campbell Makhachkala 1  The first sight I was shown in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, a Russian Federation republic in the North Caucasus, was the prison on Scorpion Hill. “A rebuilt garrison fortress, it is one of the oldest buildings in town: …

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Forget Me Not – Stories of Child Trafficking from the Thai-Burmese Border

It’s hard being a kid born in the mountainous border region between Thailand and Myanmar. Political, economic, and geographic factors all threaten the fundamentals of childhood, and often disrupt or completely destroy the normal process of growing up. The area is unstable and relatively lawless, especially in rural villages where most people live. Children are …

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Victoria Lomasko: A Trip to Yerevan

A Trip to Yerevan Victoria Lomasko Translation: Thomas Campbell Armenian Site Who Lives in Yerevan?  The strongest impression from my first day in the city was the sense that only one language was spoken on the streets and everyone looked more or less alike. Armenia is a monoethnic country. According to statistics, over ninety-seven percent of …

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Drawings in Court. Aloys Oosterwijk

In the Netherlands photographers are not admitted in the courtroom. To give an impression of the trial, an artist makes drawings of the suspects in the courtroom and those are shown in the media. They have to be neutral, not judging. Unlike graphic journalist, the artist in the courtroom should not show his feelings or emotions …

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Drawn Report of the Launch Party of Drawing the Times by Typex.

Dutch artist, cartoonist and illustrator -well-known for his biography of Rembrandt, that is also available in English and Spanish- drew this excellent report of the launch party of Drawing the Times on November 25 in the Press museum in Amsterdam.  

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The Launch of Drawing the Times

Wednesday the 25th of November was the Big Day! From this day on everyone in the whole world has access to www.drawingthetimes.com! The Press Museum in Amsterdam hosted the launch party. Jules Calis, Holland’s bravest comics journalist showed a documentary (in Dutch) about his work in the field as a comics journalist. The following speakers took part …

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Victoria Lomasko: A Trip to Kyrgyzstan

A Trip to Kyrgyzstan Victoria Lomasko August 25, 2014 Translation: Thomas Campbell Russian Site Kyrygzstan/Kirghizia I had come to visit Bishkek Feminists “Are there really feminists in Kirghizia?” my mom had wondered before I left. On the way from the airport to Bishkek the collective’s leader, Selbi, corrected my speech several times. “It’s not Kirghizia, …

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Drawing Radical Muslims: A Vapid Way to Use the Pen? by Joost Pollmann

There’s not an editorial writer in the world who did not comment on the Charlie Hebdo murders, on the freedom of speech, or on the responsibility of cartoonists: how far can or should they go? Millions of words have been written about the images that have been fluttering around the globe since the 30th of …

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Jérôme – A Documentary About the Rwandese Who Took Part in the African Expedition of Ché Guevara.

Jeroen Janssen and Hilde Baele drew and wrote the Unlikely But True Story of the Rwandese Who Took Part in the African Expedition of Ché Guevara. Jérôme Sébasoni, the protagonist of the story is a remarkable man. He can tell numerous stories about the time when he joined Che Guevara, fifty years ago in his African expedition. The …

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Refugee Republic: Interactive Transmedia Documentary About a Syrian Refugee Camp in Iraq

Refugee Republic Refugee Republic is production by Submarine Channel and De Volkskrant. Camp Domiz is a Syrian refugee camp in northern Iraq. Around 64 thousand predominantly Kurdish-Syrian refugees have sought shelter here. As the number of refugees grew, the camp gradually transformed from a temporary refuge to a makeshift town, where people live and work, go …

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Drawing the IDFA

Drawing the Times cartoonists made drawn reports from the best documentaries shown at the IDFA festival last week. Gijs Kast made this after he saw the documentary Nice People by Anders Helgeson and Karin af Klintberg, on Somalian refugees that formed a bandy team in Sweden. Lampedusa in Winter from Jakob Brossmann, on the Italian …

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Big Birds of Freedom: Students reflect on the attacks in Paris.

Students Illustration of HKU reflect on the attacks in Paris by making big birds of freedom.

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Graphic News: Graphic journalism designed for mobile devices.

Graphic News is the first digital native comics journalism portal. Graphic News is a project from the Cooperativa Pequod, wich was founded by a group of young people coming from the world of comics, journalism and communication, sharing among them a vision, passion and energy. The people of Graphic News think that comics journalism is today a reality capable of telling …

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La Revue Dessinée: French magazine for in-depth graphic journalism

La Revue Dessinée is a French quarterly magazine, both digital and in print. Each issue contains 228 pages of articles in comic form. The story ‘The Borders of Shame’, by Taina Tervonen and Jeff Pourquié was originally published in La Revue Dessinée #7.

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Kuš Komiksi: Baltic Comics Magazine

Kuš! (pronounce koosh!) is a comics art anthology from Latvia founded 2007 in Riga. Every issue contains comics from international and Latvian artists on a certain theme which changes every issue. The aims of kuš! are to popularize comics in a country where this medium is practically non-existent and promoting Latvian comics abroad. kuš! doesn’t just …

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