✨ I had the pleasure, yesterday in Revò, to get on stage and talk about what I think it’s important a just-turned-18 keeps in mind, a bit about ethics and a bit about myself as a political cartoonist ✨
And I have to say I feel a bit better about the future, now! Apart from the fact that these dudes don’t smell and don’t look like a homeless scarecrow – like I did at their age – they also got some self confidence and were able to cope with a number of questions I posed them, giving some really interesting answers.
Well, what I can say to sum it up is that they have no idea what ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ is – finally we’re starting to forget Donna Summer! – that they think ‘Crystal Ball’ “was” a thing – sad face – and most importantly they, for example, think there’s not enough engagement among younsters. Some read newspapers, some online, some in paper. One of them told me that immigration will bring more people to meet – definitely a good attitude.
Then there was a guy that was unbelievably happy with everything! Lucky him! And another that told me for his 18th birthday he didn’t get drunk. I don’t believe you, man. I don’t believe you! Actually I didn’t either 😉
✨ I am one of the winners of the contest for stories that make the difference ‘Strike 2018’ – whose final I took part into yesterday! ✨
It’s been an amazing experience, for so many reasons it’s hard to squeeze them up in a single post without being prolix. Suffices to say I got the chance to reflect on myself, on my personal story – how I became a cartoonist – confronting it with 9 other incredible stories, told by excellent and energetic storytellers. Everyone was amazing – the organization, the participants, the public – and I’ve got the sensation this contest will live a long and exciting life!
Here’s the video of the awards ceremony!
My cartoon “2020. Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” has been published on the new issue of “Renewable Matter” – and its Italian version, “Materia Rinnovabile” – international magazine that highlights the new challenges between economy, society and environment. You can buy the magazine here: http://www.renewablematter.eu/
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My cartoons, “Aim High” (biggest on the right bottom corner of the image) and “Syrian Sarin” are part of the exhibition of the Inktspotprijst 2018, which selects the 100 best Dutch cartoons of the year.
The exhibition is hosted by the Amsterdam library, the The Hague library and the Limburg Museum!
Libex Awards 2018, 2nd Prize
I have been awarded with the second prize at the political cartoons contest Libex 2018. The contest, featuring more than 250 cartoonists, for a total of 560 cartoons submitted, was held by the Librexpression Centre, an international organization for freedom of expression.
The award ceremony took place in Conversano, during the Lector in Fabula festival, a 3-day event dedicated to information, democracy and debates on political issues.
The cartoon with which I won the second prize