Using cartoons and comics to express your ideas

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  • complain
  • try to convince them to wait at least until December 1st
  • stop going to Starbucks

How the internet unleashed a burst of cartooning creativity

This article from Medium is a good read if you’re interested in the role of cartoons, particularly editorial cartoons, in the media and society. Here’s an excerpt:

“Freedom of speech bubble

Web cartoons have an important political role where speech is constrained. In China cartoons distributed across weibo, a collection of Twitter-like social networks, have become a powerful way of criticising the communist regime. Pi San, a cartoonist and animator from Beijing, creates carefully coded cartoons as a way of subverting China’s strict web-censorship regime. His most popular character, Kuang Kuang, is a lazy schoolboy at a prison-like institution where dissent is routinely persecuted. The drawings, full of jagged lines and dark colours, are as edgy as the politics. One recent animation, poking fun at China’s censorship of references to Ai Weiwei, a controversial artist, was viewed by a million people within just a few hours of its being posted online.

That works in the Arab world too….”

Some of the comics and cartoons mentioned in the article (with a warning that some of these may not be appropriate for younger students):

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