WBEZ | cartoonist http://www.wbez.org/tags/cartoonist Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Many Arab cartoonists have responded to the tragedy in Paris with a sense of shared grief http://www.wbez.org/news/many-arab-cartoonists-have-responded-tragedy-paris-sense-shared-grief-113825 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/WALED-TAHER-2478.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><p>The French Tricolour has been emblazoned on landmarks as varied as London&#39;s Tower Bridge to Sydney&#39;s iconic opera house and featured in&nbsp;hundreds of political cartoons drawn in response to the vicious attacks in Paris last Friday. Satirists in the Arab and Muslim world are responding with different visual metaphors.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Lebanon looks in the mirror and sees France and says, &amp;quot;Dear Mother, I hope that you heal.&amp;quot; Cartoonist Arman Hamsy is illustrating the close historical ties between Lebanon and France. France ruled Lebanon under the French Mandate from 1920 until the end o" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/Guyer1_Mirror_0.jpg?itok=f-5ZDbtx" style="height: 310px; width: 310px; float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="Lebanon looks in the mirror and sees France and says, &quot;Dear Mother, I hope that you heal.&quot; Cartoonist Arman Hamsy is illustrating the close historical ties between Lebanon and France. France ruled Lebanon under the French Mandate from 1920 until the end of World War II. (Arman Hamsy, Al-Nahar, Lebanon)" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p><div><p>Jonathan Guyer is a fellow with the&nbsp;<a href="http://http//www.icwa.org/" target="_blank">Institute of Current World Affairs</a>&nbsp;and a&nbsp;scholar of satire in the Middle East.&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;I saw a cartoon in the Lebanese newspaper&nbsp;<a href="http://assafir.com/" target="_blank">As-Safir</a>. It shows a&nbsp;map of&nbsp;Lebanon looking in the mirror and seeing a map of France saying, &#39;Dear Mother, I hope that you heal.&#39;&quot;</p></div></div><p>Some Lebanese have felt slighted by the global embrace of Paris in the wake of the multi-prong attack by ISIS on Friday. Just a day earlier, 45 people died in Beirut in a brazen suicide bombing aimed at&nbsp;people, just like in Paris, who were just&nbsp;going about their daily business.&nbsp;&nbsp;The global response was anemic.&nbsp;Guyer acknowledges the difference in how the world reacted to the two incidents but says anger is not the emotion coming through in Arab&nbsp;political cartoons.</p><p>&#39;&#39;I&nbsp;think this really is about a connection between two cities more than a divisive set of events. It shows that terror, when any place in the world is struck, has an impact globally.&quot;</p><p>One of the most powerful images Guyer has seen was drawn by&nbsp;Anwar, a young cartoonist from Egypt. &quot;It shows a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.almasryalyoum.com/caricatures/details/9669" target="_blank">man wiping blood off of a window.</a>&nbsp;It&#39;s covered in this bright red blood. The caption says: &#39;From Baghdad to Beirut to Paris.&#39;&nbsp;My reading of it is that all blood is the same blood, whether it&#39;s Iraqi blood, Lebanese blood or Parisian blood. And it&#39;s this unifying message of when one of us suffers, we all suffer.&quot;</p><p>Guyer says for the past year or so, Arab and Muslim cartoonists have taken on ISIS, making fun of their so-called piety,&nbsp;their craven tactics and using them as a punchline. &quot;There&#39;s really no red line in the Middle East about making fun of ISIS.&quot; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><div><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="In this cartoon, two men chat. One says, &amp;quot;How&amp;#039;s it going?&amp;quot; The other answers: &amp;quot;Fine!&amp;quot; The word &amp;#039;terrorism&amp;#039; is superimposed onto their limbs. From the artist’s point of view, terrorism is simply part of daily life." src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/WALED-TAHER-2478.jpg?itok=eYd-1mEP" style="height: 377px; width: 500px;" title="In this cartoon, two men chat. One says, &quot;How's it going?&quot; The other answers: &quot;Fine!&quot; The word 'terrorism' is superimposed onto their limbs. From the artist’s point of view, terrorism is simply part of daily life. (Waled Taher, Al-Shorouk, Egypt) " typeof="foaf:Image" /></p><div><p>Some Arab world cartoons&nbsp;also betray a sense of resignation about terrorism.&nbsp;After Friday&#39;s bloodbath in Paris,&nbsp;Egyptian cartoonist Walid Taher republished a cartoon he originally drew last winter. In the cartoon,&nbsp;the word terrorism is spelled out on the two men&#39;s limbs while they greet each other as if nothing&#39;s happened.&nbsp;</p></div></div><p>Guyer says one depressing but predictable Arab world response to the Paris attacks are&nbsp;conspiracy comics. &quot;There&#39;s also a whole genre of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Israel-behind-Paris-attacks-cartoons-on-Palestinian-social-media-insinuate-434254" target="_blank">conspiracy comics</a>&nbsp;which are totally ridiculous that show ISIS as the puppetry of the west or a zionist conspiracy. Obviously these are ridiculous notions but actually appear quite a lot in the Arab press.&quot;</p><div><img alt="Algerian cartoonist Le Hic uses the powerful imagery of Aylan Kurdi, the young boy who was found dead on a Turkish beach after drowning while trying to migrate to Europe. Aylan Kurdi&amp;#039;s image moved the world and Le Hic is making two points: those who died " src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/Guyer_LeHic.jpg?itok=azrq0uGR" style="height: 310px; width: 500px;" title="Algerian cartoonist Le Hic uses the powerful imagery of Aylan Kurdi, the young boy who was found dead on a Turkish beach after drowning while trying to migrate to Europe. Aylan Kurdi's image moved the world and Le Hic is making two points: those who died in Paris are as precious as Aylan Kurdi. He's also suggesting that more people like Aylan Kurdi could die if European countries react to the ISIS attacks in Paris by closing their borders. (Le Hic, Algeria)" typeof="foaf:Image" /><div><p>The aftermath of terrorist attacks is always a tricky time for political cartoonists, says Guyer.&nbsp;&quot;What I would say is it&#39;s very difficult to encapsulate the complexity and nuance of an attack whether it be&nbsp;on Paris, Beirut or Baghdad.&quot;</p></div></div><p>Guyer feels like many artists have dumbed down the meaning of the Paris attacks, making it all about the colors of the French flag.&nbsp;&quot;I would love to see more comics and cartoons that take on personal reactions of what&#39;s happened and how people feel about it, messages&nbsp;that goes beyond simple notions of nation states,&quot; he says.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://admin.pri.org/stories/2015-11-17/many-arab-cartoonists-have-responded-tragedy-paris-sense-shared-grief" target="_blank"><em> via PRI&#39;s The World</em></a></p></p> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/many-arab-cartoonists-have-responded-tragedy-paris-sense-shared-grief-113825 Video: Cartoonist Anders Nilsen talks 'Big Questions' http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-10-05/video-cartoonist-anders-nilsen-talks-big-questions-92841 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-05/big questions_flickr_austin kleon.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cartoonist Anders Nilsen showed up at The Hideout 30 minutes before <em>The Interview Show</em> began, sat by himself and immediately began drawing. That continued during the show, when, while waiting to be interviewed, he sketched a fellow guest — comedian Cameron Esposito. Anders writes in his <a href="http://themonologuist.blogspot.com/2011/09/sketchbooks.html">blog</a>:</p><p>"I was drawing the person sitting in the audience in front of me at Mark Bazer's <em>Interview Show</em> the other night, and then she turned out to be another guest on the show. Her name is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-09-20/video-stand-comedy-cameron-esposito-92202">Cameron Esposito</a>. She's a comedienne. She was completely hilarious. This is her ear.” (See his sketch <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0cPp5tsMgiw/TmUaXu5tCRI/AAAAAAAACYY/XWNMwXrqhsM/s1600/RBxi23%2528CameronEsposito%2529.jpg">here</a>).&nbsp;</p><p>I love that.</p><p>Anders was on to talk about <em>Big Questions</em>, which collects over a decade of smaller installments of his epic tale of, in his words, "a bunch of birds in the middle of nowhere who find an unexploded bomb and think it's an egg and then a plane crashes and they think it's a giant bird and then they spend about 600 pages trying to figure out what's going on."</p><p>The book, published by <a href="http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/">Drawn and Quarterly</a>, is beautiful and captivating. Anders talks about it, his career and his life below.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dPTMvvCVxZ8" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-10-05/video-cartoonist-anders-nilsen-talks-big-questions-92841 Cartoonist Lynda Barry discusses the process of drawing http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/cartoonist-lynda-barry-discusses-process-drawing <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//lynda_barry_self-794489 resize_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cartoonist Lynda Barry has Midwestern roots that run deep: She was born in Wisconsin and she moved to Chicago after her comic strip, &quot;Ernie Pook&rsquo;s Comeek,&quot; was picked up by the &quot;Chicago Reader.&quot; In her drawings, Barry explores the highs and lows of childhood and young adult life. Her characters Marlys, Arna and Maybonne have won her great acclaim and a devoted following. She is is an award-winning cartoonist, painter, writer, playwright and teacher. She is the author of books and plays, like <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Good-Times-Are-Killing-Me/dp/157061105X">&quot;The Good Times are Killing Me.&quot;</a>&nbsp; Her latest is called &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Picture-This-Near-sighted-Monkey-Book/dp/1897299648/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_1">Picture This</a>.&quot;</p><p>Her new books focus on the process of drawing &ndash; which is why she&rsquo;s returned to Chicago. Monday night, she speaks at 6 p.m. at the School of Art Institute&rsquo;s ongoing <a target="_blank" href="http://www.saic.edu/art_design/vap/">Visiting Artists Program.</a> She told Alison Cuddy about this process and her career as a cartoonist.</p><p><em>Music Button: Six Parts Seven, &quot;The One Thing That Won't Matter&quot;, from the CD Silence Magnifies Sound, (Troubleman Unlimited)</em></p></p> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 14:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/cartoonist-lynda-barry-discusses-process-drawing