An overview of our projects

Editorial cartoonists have the ability to condense complex issues into a single image. An image that makes you think about the world around you. We work with international media, but also with universities, museums, NGOs and international bodies like the United Nations to produce cartoons on a range of issues, from climate change to human rights.

Not by chance, but choice

While the wealth of very few soars, inequality not only affects us all, it kills
Billionaires are making fortunes off the pain and suffering of ordinary people around the world. As the world is reeling from multiple ongoing crises, from COVID-19 and the climate crisis, to emergencies around the world that are deepening the global economic crisis. As inflation bites, inequality is skyrocketing, hurting us all–in fact, a quarter of a billion more people could be pushed into poverty in 2022. Together with Oxfam International, we're inviting our artists to join us in bringing the issue to broader audience, through cartoons.

Just speak!

2022 – Cartoon competition

Justice for all can only be reached if we have the freedom to express ourselves in fair and peaceful communities that leave no one behind. A focus on justice is necessary in solving all conflicts. Think about how to mitigate climate change, create gender equality, fight hunger, strengthen peace processes, battle fake news and tackle health issues. These are conflicts that can only be solved if we work together in an open, inventive and inclusive way.

Comics journalism - Farming in Kenya

2021 - London School of Economics and Political Science

Together with the London School of Economics and Political Science we made a comic about the future of farming in Kenya. The project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

The story features young and old farmers in Kenya, representatives of old organizations that used to manage agriculture, and a (fictional) start-up that tries to convince farmers to adopt new technology to move farming into the future. The comic gives an overview of the benefits, but also the dangers, of using new technology.

Comics journalism - Fighting agrocolonialism in the Congo

2021 - University of Sheffield

This comics journalism project is a cooperation with the University of Sussex and the University of Sheffield.

The comic is based on field research conducted around the Feronia palm oil plantation in Tshopo province in north-east DR Congo as part of a British-Academy funded project on “environmental defenders and atmospheres of violence” (SDP2/100278) hosted by the University of Sussex. The research was carried out by researchers from the Université Catholique du Graben, the University of Sheffield and the Organisation Congolaise des Ecologistes et Amis de la Nature (OCEAN).

Political cartoon mural in Johannesburg

2021 – The Next Movement/Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands
Together with our educational sister website The Next Movement and the Embassy of the Netherlands in South Africa, we have created a political cartoon mural on a prominent location in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. The mural is based on the vision, ideas and hopes about the future of South African citizens, designed by an international political cartoonist, and executed by street artist Ras Silas Motse.

Cartooning the future in Lithuania - final exhibition

2021 – The Next Movement
Cartooning the Future is a program for Lithuanian youth that, through the power of cartoons, aims to inspire younger generations to think critically about human rights issues of the day. Young people across Lithuania sketched their vision of the future and our cartoonists turned these into professional cartoons. Check out the 20 cartoons that were selected for the final exhibition.

Evergreen satire: historical cartoons in a modern perspective

2021 – Evergreen satire network
Evergreen Satire is a partnership with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision to give new relevance to historical editorial cartoons. Together, we are building a network of institutions that house historical cartoons or have have expert knowledge in the area of editorial cartoons.

Cartooning the future in Lithuania

2021 – The Next Movement
The Next movement is the sister organisation of Cartoon Movement, focusing on educational projects with editorial cartoons. Cartooning the Future is a programme for Lithuanian youth that, through the power of cartoons, aims to inspire younger generations to think critically about Human Rights issues of the day. By way of honest and open dialogue we work towards shaping a united vision for a future we need moving forward.

You make the difference

2021 – Cartoon exhibition in Lithuania
We created an exhibition of 30 cartoons titled 'You make the difference' that will be on display at the National Martynas Mažvydas Library in Vilnius, Lithuania. This exhibition shows past and present perspectives on various ways of how we can make a difference when it comes to human rights.

Cartoons for the Council of Europe

2021 – Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe
We are partnering with the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe this year. Throughout 2021, we will support the various publications of the Commissioner with cartoons about human rights issues.

Cartoonist 2 Cartoonist

2021 – Instagram
In C2C, CM editors Ema Del Rosso and Tjeerd Royaards go on Instagram about once a month to give live feedback on selected cartoons. The feedback is constructive and meant to help the cartoonist to develop their style further and make his or her work better.

Cartoons in the classroom

Teaching visual literacy with political cartoons
Political cartoons are a powerful form of communication. With a few simple lines, cartoonists convey their thoughts on society, on those in power, and on subjects like human rights, the environment and inequality. In class, cartoons are a great way to teach students about the power of visuals and the importance of challenging power and addressing injustice and corruption.