Dmitri Medvedev is leaving the Russian presidency in May 2012 but for many political cartoonists, he never really arrived. Looking back at cartoons published during his presidency, The World’s Carol Hills finds Medvedev portrayed as the ultimate ‘mini-me’ to Vladimir Putin, the puppet on a string, the dog ordered to fetch, basically a doormat. Enjoy.
The Soviet jokes disappeared when the Soviet Union collapsed, but that brand of dark humor has made a comeback in Russia today.
DC Comics has created an African superhero modeled after Batman. His name is Batwing and he’s battling evil in the Democratic Republic of Congo!
Blood, blood and blood are the subjects of this cartoon slideshow about Syria. Cartoonists around the globe are responding to the blood being spilled in the violent crackdown on demonstrators — especially in the Syrian city of Homs. Bashar al-Assad is the villain and the images are graphic, in your face, and unsubtle.
Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is a man in the middle….the middle of a campaign. He wants to be Russia’s president — again. He’s in the middle of protests against him. So he’s staging his own support rally in response. And Putin is also in the middle of the international outrage over the violence in Syria. Russia sells lots of weapons to Syria and Putin (along with his representatives at the UN) are neutering any real efforts to end the government-sponsored violence in Syria.
Dutch cartoonist Tom Janssen uses a familiar emoticon to show how Facebook (the company) is probably feeling about the upcoming IPO.
The World’s Middle East correspondent, Matthew Bell, profiles Israeli cartoonist Shay Charka who lives in the West Bank. He hopes for peace with his Palestinian neighbors but doesn’t believe that a two-state solution is possible. Charka’s cartoons skewer all sectors of Israeli social and political society.
Cartoonist Matt Bors is editing a comic strip about life in Haiti since the earthquake. It’s drawn by a Haitian cartoonist and written by a Haitian reporter, both based in Port au Prince. The first installment of the comic strip was published online Thursday.
‘Zahra’s Paradise’ is the new graphic novel by an Iranian-American author. He tells host Marco Werman how he created a webstrip based on the images streaming out of the Iranian protests in 2009.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad doesn’t get why the whole world is demanding he introduce democratic reforms. Australian cartoonist Alan Moir captures al-Assad’s take on democracy.
There’s anger, sadness and downright fury over the continued violence in Syria. Much of the vitriol is directed against Arab League observers who arrived in Syria in late December to monitor the situation. There’s widespread feeling — which you’ll see in these cartoons — that the observers are ignoring the violence all around them.
NASA held a press conference last month to try to debunk the latest doomsday scenarios for Earth in 2012 but Chinese cartoonist Luojie thinks the space agency may have forgotten one thing.
Swiss-Lebanese cartoonist Patrick Chappatte with a very funny 2012 year in review.
Anchor Marco Werman talks to British cartoonist Steve Bell about the life and work of British graphic artist Ronald Searle who died at the age of 91. Searle was the author of the St Trinian’s series and was an illustrator for many news publications.