Archive for February, 2008

World Leaders on the First Post…

February 28, 2008

Forgive me if this is old news. I can’t believe I haven’t discovered it before.

World Leaders is brilliant 3D animated satire of..well…world leaders, and since December last year it’s been a regular feature on the online magazine the First Post. The series was recently nominated for “Best short form comedy” at the MIPCOM awards in Cannes.

The people behind it all are World Leaders Ltd. I don’t know much more about them, but I’m very curious to find out.
As far as I can work out, the 3D building and rendering is done by the renowned Soho based studio Skaramoosh, and Seed animation studio, also in Soho, makes things move.

It really is a must see!

The Mohammed cartoons – and how to talk to children about it…

February 27, 2008

…the Hamas way.

Al-Aqsa TV, run by Hamas, broadcasts among other things a charming children’s program called “The Pioneers of Tomorrow”. Recently the lovable Hamas bunny Assud told its young audience how best to deal with the republication of the Danish Mohammed cartoons.

Watch – and read the transcript.

Constructive.

From the sketchbook: Lenin

February 27, 2008

lenin

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Continuing my sketchbook scribbling of former folk…

From the sketchbook: Doodles…

February 26, 2008

Hairy man

happy pig

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Danish cartoons update…

February 20, 2008

I said I would write more about the recent developments, but for now I’ll just refer you to the comments left on my previous post on the subject.

Amrit Virdi posts a link to the Radio 4 Sunday program, which includes an interview with cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and a well put argument by the editor of Jyllands Posten, Flemming Rose. It’s really worth listening to – before it’s taken of the Listen Again menu.

Eleven Danish newspapers published Westergaard’s cartoon following the foiled plot to assassinate him. As did the Norwegian daily newspaper Agderposten, which I work for.
It’s entirely right of them to do so of course, to illustrate events and to demonstrate their commitment to freedom of expression. If only they and others had been equally firm in their convictions when the story raged a couple of years ago…

Alex Hughes mentions the BBC4 documentary Bloody Cartoons, which was shown a little while ago. He’s found the program on YouTube, so if you haven’t already seen it, go here.

National Rock…

February 18, 2008

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Away…

February 15, 2008

Thanks for all the emails I’ve had on the previous post.
I’m currently on holiday in Norway, but I’ll respond and post more when I get back next week.

There have been some interesting developments with regards to the Mohammed cartoons in Scandinavia, after the recent events in Denmark, and I’ll elaborate some more on that later.

The Mohammed cartoons rumble on…

February 12, 2008

73 year-old Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard drew the most recognisable of the ‘infamous’ Mohammed cartoons, of the prophet with a bomb on his head.
He and his family has lived under constant police protection ever since.

This morning police arrested several people suspected of conspiring to kill him…(!)

It’s incomprehensible that this sorry saga rolls on as it does.
Westergaard’s cartoon in particular has been elevated from simple drawing to iconic symbol because of the screeching response of the fundamentalists.

Ironically, the more angry mobs attack the cartoonist in the name of Islam, the more poignant and valid his cartoon becomes.

Jyllands Posten commendably continues to publish the cartoon, to illustrate the story.
The response in 2006 from much of the international press, the British included, was a sad reflection of the value we these days put on freedom of expression.
Instead of uncompromisingly supporting the very core of Democracy, editorial columns were filled with feeble arguments trying to justify the newspaper’s decision not to print the images which for weeks dominated news and debate world wide.

(One glaring example is the Guardian, whose leader writer spectacularly compared it to how they wouldn’t publish child pornography if they were writing a story about that.).

The result was increased and unjustified notoriety and disapprobation for the cartoons and the people who drew them, followed by a diminished public debate which to this day is left with a huge black hole that very few dare to approach with any meaningful disrespect.

If the political and editorial response in Britain to a large extent was pitiful, there was a comparatively strong fight-back in France.
After the editor of France Soir, Jacques Lefranc, was sacked for printing the 12 original cartoons, the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo responded by publishing two of the original cartoons (Kurt Westergaard’s included) and one of its own.
The Paris Grand Mosque, World Islamic League and Union of French Islamic Organisations (UFIO) consequently sued the magazine’s publisher Phillippe Val.

Unsurprisingly, thank goodness, Val and Charlie Hebdo won.

Incidentally, the Charlie Hebdo case was held in the middle of the French Presidential campaign, and it forced a wider debate about freedom of speech, in which all of the main candidates forcefully came out in support for Phillippe Val’s decision.
The Paris Grand Mosque accepted the verdict in favour of the publisher, but the more radical UFIO appealed.

The appeal court proceedings began in late January 2008, and a verdict is expected this month…

The editors of Jyllands Posten won a similar court case in Denmark in October 2006.

Statement by Kurt Westergaard following this morning’s arrests:

“Of course I fear for my life after the Danish Security and Intelligence Service informed me of the concrete plans of certain people to kill me. However, I have turned fear into anger and indignation. It has made me angry that a perfectly normal everyday activity which I used to do by the thousand was abused to set off such madness. I have attended to my work and I still do. I could not possibly know for how long I have to live under police protection; I think, however, that the impact of the insane response to my cartoon will last for the rest of my life. It is sad indeed, but it has become a fact of my life. “

On a separate note…

February 7, 2008

Look at this stunning example of music, image and…wool…put together in the most perfect harmony.

Music: Tricot Machine.
Knitting: Lysanne Latulippe (Majolie)
Director: Simon Laganière

Excellence.

Hat tip: Cartoon Brew

The Houses of Plenty…

February 3, 2008

house of plenty
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