World Cartoonists' day - 05 May

Today,  5 may2017, is world cartoonists' day and this day  we honor them  for their funny, but thoughtful cartoons that carry a serious message with subtle humor. Not all can become a good cartoonist, because it requires  good imagination, sharp mind, excellent drawing skill in cartooning and the innate ability to put the message - be it political or otherwise- across the people in  a manner that will remain etched in them. 

A cartoon (from Italian: cartone and Dutch: karton) is nothing but a kind of   two-dimensional illustration whose correct definition has changed over a period of time. In the present world, the usage  refers to  a  non-realistic or semi-realistic artistic style of drawing or painting or  an image or a series of images intended for satire, caricature, or humor. An artist who creates cartoons is called a cartoonist. Motion picture cartoon is altogether a different field.

The concept of cartoon illustration goes back to  the Middle Ages and in the early stages,  it was  first described  as a preparatory drawing for a piece of art, such as a painting, fresco, tapestry, or stained glass window before the finished work. It was a sort of model drawings subject to corrections, etc. In the 19th century, cartoons were referred to as  humorous illustrations in magazines and newspapers and in many of them, they became regular features.. One positive aspect is with the advent of cartoon illustrations in the magazines and newspapers, the articles drew the attention of the readers and it gave them thrill.  

According to  modern print media, a cartoon is an illustration or series of illustrations,  usually humorous in intent. Cartoon illustrations date back to 1843 when Punch magazine used the term to satirical drawings in its pages,  in particular, sketches by John Leech. The punch magazine's cartoons were intended to be satirical  and many of them ironically made reference to the  self-aggrandizing posturing of Westminster politicians and their antics and extravaganza. There are two kinds of cartoons  Gag cartoons, which include editorial cartoons, and comic strips.

Among various cartoons, Editorial cartoons  are quite interesting  and are found almost exclusively in new papers, news websites and magazines. The unusual feature of all cartoons is the cartoonists employ  humor as a focal point. They may be  more serious in tone, commonly using irony or satire to bring out the message. It is a visual representation of a metaphor to highlight  a point of view on important current social and/or political topics. Editorial cartoons often include speech balloons (graphic convention used most commonly in comic books) and sometimes use multiple panels.

 Political cartoons are  being watched by millions of people world over. Many politicians are known for their gaffes, blabbering and wrong giving  distorted statistical data. Cartoons  illustrate editorials or articles in the newspapers or magazines  and act as supplementary visual commentaries on political events. They offer subtle criticisms  which are cleverly coated  with  a layer or two of humor and satire  in such a way  the criticized does not get offended.

Above image: John Leech, Cartoon no.1: Substance and Shadow, 1843, satirized preparatory cartoons for frescoes in the Palace of Westminster, creating the modern meaning of "cartoon"

Personally I like cartoons very much A magazine or a newspaper without a cartoon is something like a man in Adam's dress. The cartoons make us not only laugh and think but also give us respite from reading drab and dry new paper articles. They hold a mirror to the society, its pitfalls and progress. With magnifying glasses, they bring forth the arrogance of corrupt politicians, eccentricities of the rich and famous and the abject poverty of a section of people in any  society.  

These cartoonists inspire readers by way of adding  color and shape to our society's  dark sides  and weird people associated with the government, who are neither concerned about the evils in our  society nor about the  country's progress. Cartoonists never fail to add zest to their news papers or magazines and make them attractive. 

 The following are the funny cartoons that will give a laugh and make you think:

The Hindu cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty.april 2016

Above image: Delhi air pollution -  Rohan''s funny lines bring out a message. How Delhi air pollution affects important historical Indian monuments in and around the city  and the health threats the people are facing almost daily. It is as bad as LA fog.

 Above image: Student Joke Funny Picture:  This Class Joke Makes You Smile Laugh. This joke illustrates how India has become a corrupt country after 1965.


Abaove image :  India Pictures - Funny India Pics & Photos. Indian Corrupt Politician. Our Netha, without shame, is accepting cash in return for his services. The onlooker in the picture is Gandhiji whose face he hides. If Gandhiji were alive, he would hang his face in shame.
Above image:  The company management and others close to them receive a bundle. This is what the people are left with.Many companies rip off people by giving false information on their products.

Adam Zyglis/Buffalo News global
Above image: Who cares about global warming. The pollution of  the Ganges river, river water pollution from color-dying factories in Tamil Nadu, India  the revival of Keystone  oil pipe line project from Canada to Texas, USA, additional production of dirty crude oil from Athabasca sands, Alberta  are good examples.

Above image: The people become  suckers when the government has corrupt and dishonest politicians. It is a mad, mad mad world.

Above image: Having a sense of humor even when nearing the grave is a great thing in life. 

R.K. Laxman's cartoons

Indian Netha and the poor.
Clean Nethas above and  dishonest nethas below. Shankers cartoon.
The Fun Learning
 Above image: Indian Netha, a glutton. He is too much hungry for (ill-gotton) money.

Mexico -USA  border wall, economically possible?

Gronda Morin
 Above image: Canada-US oil pipe line from Alberta to Texas through states like the Dakotas Nebraska, etc. Pipe line going through the Indian reservation.

Pres. Trump's oil pipeline project, etc. Billings Gazette
Gandhji's three messages for a perfect life. Alamy

  Above image: During the colonial  period, for more than 200 plus years, India was a Milch cow for the British Bobs. India's GDP in 1600s  was 23%  and it plummeted to just 3% when the last British left India's shores. Imagine how India was exploited and squandered.