The attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine’s office in January 2015, focused the collective attention of the world on cartoonists and the tension that exists between the right of freedom of expression and the responsibilities that come with it. Scottish cartoonist, Terry Anderson
The wonderful cartooning art
By Roger Childs
Caricature is one of the great graphic arts and probably doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Editors know that quality cartoonists sell a lot of papers and older Wellington readers will remember Nevile Lodge’s visuals covering the entire front page of the Saturday Sports Post. (See alongside.)
Tom Scott once said that if the editor won’t print my piece for the day, I’m off because I earn more than he does.
Overseas, cartoonists can risk going to jail and even their lives, when the strokes of their pen touch sensitive political nerves. New Zealander David Low was the most famous anti –Nazi cartoonist and was on Hitler’s hit list if Britain had been invaded.
We are fortunate at KIN in having our own resident cartoonist, the talented Andy.
Cartoonists Living Dangerously
Glasgow-based Terry Anderson, is speaking next Tuesday (December 12) at 5.30pm, at the National Library to celebrate 25 years of the New Zealand Cartoon Archive.
Terry is on the Cartoonists Rights Network International and a staunch advocate of freedom of expression.
Whereas the Charlie Hebdo attack was a terrorist operation, he points out that the vast majority of hassling and abuse of cartoonists is carried out by governments and their agencies.
(If you are interested in hearing Terry next Tuesday, email email@example.com Put “Cartoons” in the subject line.)