Israel advocates utilise cartoons as weapons as indeed do Israel Haters. One could say they do it better than we do. Here are three new cartoon projects that could turn that situation around.
TICP – The Israeli Cartoon ProjectHave you ever needed a cartoon to illustrate a text-heavy blog? Counter an antisemitic rant? Turn viral on Twitter? Send to illustrate an op-ed? Give life to a poster? Make a Facebook post stand out? TICP would seem a great place to start.
TICP (The Israel Cartoon Project) on Facebook is a platform for leading Israeli cartoonists and pro-Israeli cartoonists from around the world.
The project was created with one goal in mind; telling the world what Israel is really all about.
Many Israelis and indeed, many Jews, encounter complex advocacy challenges in the face of global Anti-Israeli Campaigns, TICP was created as a result of the need for a creative new approach to those issues.
One of our main challenges is creating as much ‘buzz’ as the other side in light of the fact that we are heavily outnumbered. We strive to increase the reach of Israeli advocacy and its ability to captivate and engage different target audience groups, giving Israel a chance for a fair fight in that arena.
Dry Bones Academy of Cartoon Advocacy and Activism
Yaakov Kirschen, often considered dean of Israeli editorial cartoonists, creator of the Israeli comic strip Dry Bones (examples of which appear frequently in our right column), academic research on Comic Codes of Antisemitism, says his cartoons are designed to make people laugh, which makes them drop their guard and see things the way he does. In an interview, he defined his objective as a cartoonist as an attempt to “seduce rather than to offend.”
The academy, at present fundraising to bring the project to fruition will teach:
All journalism is “Advocacy Journalism”. What is, or is not, reported by supposedly “impartial” reporters and news “anchors” for big networks such the BBC, CBS, CNN, or NBC advances the opinions and positions of those corporations. In the ongoing debate for the truth, advocacy can be hidden, or it can be out in the open and honest. Our Academy will teach the principles of honest Advocacy Journalism.
All cartoons are advocacy cartoons. No matter how it’s presented, every cartoon by every editorial or political cartoonist advances someone’s point of view. The advocacy can be hidden, or it can be honestly and openly acknowledged. The Academy will teach the techniques and tactics of honest Advocacy cartooning and dissect and analyze the viral antisemitic cartoons which threaten our society.
The Cartoon Activist must learn the realities and tactics of contemporary Cartoon Distribution. An Academy course examines Syndicates and Organizations, Mobile Apps, Social Media, Newspapers, Blogs and Aggregates. Looking For Likes, Seeking Shares, and Finding Followers. Cartooning for Specialized and Targeted Audiences.
Become a member at http://igg.me/at/drybones.com/
The Cartoon Kronicles
Can’t tell you much about John Kron other than that he is an Australian who lived in Israel for a while and now, apparently, is back in Oz. His cartoons mostly cover Jewish and Israeli themes. You can see his work in the Jerusalem Post and at his website The Cartoon Kronicles.
If he is not a newcomer, he is relatively new to me.
If he has published on his The Cartoon Kronicles Facebook page, you are free to share.
- BDS movement: Israeli caricaturists fight back, i24 News, 12 July 2015