“WORLD CARTOON” POLL ANSWERS…
First of all congratulations on a carefully thought out group of questions.
l) Humour makes the world go round….a stoppage is a disaster.There will always
be something to make a cartoon of. Even the stone age guys scratched on walls.
Perhaps more careful research into a subject will give more ideas.
Too much and the subject isn’t funny anymore.
2) We must carefully segregate….
SIMILAR from PLAGIATES.Very thin line seperates the two.
Similar can be an accident, Plagarism is not.Your suggestion to exhibit all submissions…
will sort out the real bad guys.
More professionalism from jurys who know what cartooning is all about.
Not just dummies who wouldn’t see a joke if it bit them in the leg.
3) The word censorship and everyone gets hot under the collar.
This is a very wide subject and people tend to get bogged down with their own opinions.
Perhaps the best is ‘self-censorship’ up to the individual artist.
4) Back to the roots with cartoons like we drew them 60 years ago.
No computer…no Photoshopping….just pen+ink.
OK so I do use photoshop to colour in my black+white scans…guilty.
But there are artists out there who use photos which are
photoshopped until they have nothing to do with cartooning
as we from the ‘old school’ knew it.
5) Cartoonists and Solidarity?!
Here we are on a very difficult area full of pitfalls.We are a huge
group of individuals working individually,
the idea to bring them together to speak with one voice is well intenioned.
You only have to put up ‘Censorship’ and ‘Plagarism’ and you have a thousand
‘buts and ifs’ and it goes off in different directions, without even a compromise.
We have seen the furtherance of Digital Cartooning being more acceptable.
But even this has a long way to go.
in my opinion based on your question…
A cartoon competition should be able to present a new theme that challenge
cartoonists to test their creative boundaries such as utopian themes or
something about the future that never happens before.
More concrete examples will be cartoons about doomsday, global crisis, waste crisis,
aliens, outer space and so forth.
Pablo Picasso previously found that dove was a peace symbol.
Many cartoonists as the result use this symbol when they draw about peace.
This will be a challenge for cartoonists to create new icons that can be a legend.
The catalog should be made in electronic version (a pdf format for instance) and
distributed to the participants as well as the jurors. I think that cartoons do have
limitations. We have learnt about it from the Denmark or Iranian holocaust cases.
Freedom of expression attaches to responsibility and tolerance to others
albeit different cultures or religions.
A good cartoon will not cause a bloodshed. I agree that a good cartoon
should be able to highlight the theme and idea, and the rest is a matter of technique.
A cartoon presenting a good idea although being made with painting technique
can still be considered a cartoon.
Consequently, a mediocre idea in a painted cartoon may not be a cartoon
at all.It is necessary to conduct a conference or produce an agreement
on cartoonist rights across the world.
There should be a universal right on copyright or fair cartoon competition.
DIEGO JORDAN PEREIRA