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Media-Asia: Editorial Cartoonists Turn to Pens – and Mice

In News on July 31, 2009 at 2:00 pm
  • by Lynette Lee Corporal (Bangkok)
  • Friday, July 31, 2009
  • Inter Press Service

Against the backdrop of challenges ranging from the global financial crunch to the popularity of new media, editorial cartoonists are drawing up ways to be creative in more ways than one.

Many cartoonists and artists in Asia’s media are going through a transition. The iconic image of an artist hunched over a cluttered desk in a corner of a busy newsroom still rings true for many of them – except that they now hold close both their pencils and computer mice.

Technological innovations and online access have enhanced rather than ‘endangered’ their work, say these artists, who produce cartoons that go with editorials and articles in newspapers and magazines.

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Nepal gets its own Laurel and Hardy

In News on July 30, 2009 at 12:47 am

By Maharani Lamsal

    KATHMANDU, July 29 (Xinhua) — In the early 20th century, two America-based actors managed to capture public imagination though at first appearance, they had nothing star-like about them.

    While one of them, Stan Laurel, was thin as a reed, the other, Oliver Hardy, was fat.

    However, the pairing up of the two created one of the most popular comic characters of Hollywood, the Laurel-Hardy movies, whose success inspired animation cartoons and then comic books.

    Now almost 60 years after the first Laurel and Hardy comic books were published, Nepal, located in another part of the world, has got its own Laurel and Hardy comic book.

    Sher Publications, a Kathmandu-based Nepali publishing house, Tuesday formally launched the first Nepali comic book. Read the rest of this entry »

Cartoon king Ranan Lurie aims to conquer Everest with art

In News on December 31, 2008 at 2:23 am

Durga Baral (Vatsayan), Ranan Lurie and Rajesh KC

Durga Baral (Vatsayan), Ranan Lurie and Rajesh KC

Kathmandu, Nov 11 (IANS) Described as the “Caesar of cartoons” and the “king of American political cartoons” by newspapers across the world, 75-year-old Ranan Lurie now plans to make his biggest conquest – Mt Everest.The American cartoonist-painter-inventor, who is the most widely syndicated political cartoonist in the world with over 100 million people looking at his cartoons daily, starts his campaign in Nepal Tuesday to take an astounding project, begun 40 years ago, to the summit of the world’s highest peak. Read the rest of this entry »

First South-Asia Cartoon Congress Kathmandu (14-15 Nov, 2008)

In Events, News on December 6, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Caricatures of Congress participants by Abin Shrestha, Ajit Ninan, Gihan de Chickera, Humaun Kabir Manik, Ismail Lahari, Keshav, Rabin Sayami, ‘Feica’, Prabhakar Wairkar, Rajesh KC, ‘Sarab’, Sudhir Tailang and ‘Tanmoy’.

Turning a spotlight on a ubiquitous but often ignored genre of journalism: dispatches from the first Southasia Cartoon Congress, 14-15 November, Kathmandu. Read the rest of this entry »

Nepali Toons in trying times

In News on December 6, 2008 at 7:12 pm

The underappreciated achievements of Nepali satire.

It is a pungent twist of fate that people tend to be at their most creative and fearless precisely at those moments when such traits threaten to put them at risk. Over the past several years, this incongruous truism has certainly been borne out by the cartoonists of Nepal. After Gyanendra, then king, seized absolute control of all state powers on 1 February 2005, uniformed army personnel became an all-powerful presence in newsrooms across the country. Yet even with such harsh censorship underway, cartoonists drew ingenious lines to criticise the takeover, with their satire often leading protests by the media. Considering the very short history of Nepali cartooning and its previously marginal role in even the country’s incipient journalism, this was indeed noteworthy.During the People’s Movement of April 2006 against autocratic rule, cartoonists again played a critical collective role in articulating public sentiment and commenting on the limitations of the fragile Eight-Party Alliance of political parties, which included the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). Yet even after the People’s Movement was successful, the period immediately following proved to be a time of great uncertainty. Negotiations between the Maoists and the rest of the political parties over the conditions necessary for the former to commit to aboveground politics were often at breaking point. The threat of renewed conflict loomed large over the people. Read the rest of this entry »