In support of Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat

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“On August 25 2011, Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat was beaten by regime security forces for his system critic editorial drawings against the country’s president Bashar al-Assad. His hands and fingers were broken by his assailants, as a warning not to “draw against his masters”, before he was thrown by the wayside to be found by passers-by.

This kind of oppression and scare tactics is unacceptable to us as cartoonists, and with this project we want to show the despots of the world that if you break one artist’s hands, a thousand will rise in his place. We call upon cartoonists of every creed and nationality to produce works celebrating the freedom of expression, opposition to censorship, and in support of Ali Ferzat.”

The excerpt is taken from the site One Thousand Ferzats. If you’re a cartoonist and freedom of expression is important to you, I urge you to participate. Let’s collect a thousand drawings to show that pens will always be mightier than dictators. Yes Saleh, that goes for you too.

And while you’re at it, make sure to check out the archive with so many great cartoons from all over the world in support of Ferzat.

The Pacifiers

Here’s a little something I’m working on.

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What to do with all the warmongering dictators? Send in Dr baby and his Pacifiers!

To be continued…

Uarda – 100th anniversary

 

This spring is special in the university city of Lund. Lundaspexarna’s flagship, Uarda (the student variety show), celebrates 100 years. To think that this “studentspex” has been produced like every five years, and more, since 1908 (!) at AF-borgen in Lund is almost hard to grasp. For me personally, this is my 10th, AND LAST, spex (like I’ve said so many times before).

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This classic Uarda logo was drawn by illustrator Harald Sjövall.

I wanted to try to leave an impression by making a theater program booklet out of the ordinary, so I attracted my old friend Alfred Gunnarsson to the project. Alfred was head of the carnival computer game “8 Bitar – Jakten på Karnevalsbiljetten”. This guy knows printing like the back of his palm and is a creative son of a mother, so I was extremely happy to join forces with him. Together we came up with the longest program booklet ever (“as long as the show, 2:40”), rolled up like a very long piece of parchment. My role was to illustrate it in the spirit of Sjövall.

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One of the main challenges of making this “booklet” was to think up ideas for all the ads for our sponsors. Several members of the creative ensemble helped us in this process. The tricky part was to make it all into a coherent piece of work. I came up with the idea to try to feature as many of the characters from the play in the ads, and draw them like Egyptian 2D wall paintings (almost). I think this helped the look of the program a great deal.

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Not all ads had characters. These two simple and effective ones were designed by Alfred.

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The greatest ad however was the one without an illustration. “Fresh meat from 1908”. It’s even funnier if you’re Swedish. I love companies with a sense of humor.

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