Catalog of the International Cartoon Festival in Saitama 2019, Japan

Received yesterday the superb catalog of the International Cartoon Festival in Saitama 2019, Japan. They are celebrating the 29th year of the festival in 2019. Having been invited to the festival the second time this year, I did participate in the event with two cartoons of mine, one on the theme Hana which means "Flower" and the second one of free theme. Works by 47 Japanese and 51 foreign artists are included in the catalog of the exhibition that took place at Plaza North in November 2019.
Saitama City is the place where Rakuten Kitazawa - the father of modern cartoon in Japan - spent his later years. The Saitama Municipal Cartoon Art Musem in the home to Kitazawa in his later years hold the Saitama-City Rakuten-Kitazawa Manga Awards competition each year. In 2019 they held the 34th edition and the winning cartoons are included in this collection book of "The Best Cartoons of Nippon" which are also displayed on the museum website here.
The standard A4-sized (21x29.7 cm) catalog of "The Best Cartoons of Nippon 2019" has over 110 pages, about 80 of them covering the color and the black&white cartoons participated in the festival and selected for the catalog. The remaining pages are the lists of the Japanese and the Foreign artists with their personal histories in both English and Japanese. This perfectly designed book of art is a best chance to compare the style and wit of the native and overseas manga/cartoon artists and enjoy the great humour in their works.
From Turkey are nine cartoonists whose cartoons published in the catalog; namely, Alper Susuzlu, Aşkın Ayrancıoğlu, Behiç Yalçın Ayrancıoğlu, Erdoğan Başol, Hüsnü Berkalp Üstün, Kamil Yavuz, Kemal Özyurt, Musa Gümüş, and Seyit Saatçi.
Thank you to the festival organizers and the staff of Plaza North who sent me this excellent collection of manga/cartoon art.
"Decree - death penalty"
Naotake Kobayashi
34th Rakuten-Kitazawa Manga Awards 2019 Grand Prix.

The 24th edition of the international competition Fax For Peace 2019-2020, Italy

24th edition of the international competition FAX FOR PEACE
24 NOVEMBER 2019
29 FEBRUARY 2020
We wish to thank the Cultural Association "The Circle"We wish to thank the Cultural Association “Il Circolo” 
It is open to students of all grades and types of schools and to professional artists from all over the world. They are required to submit one or more works developing the themes of peace, tolerance, fight against any form of racism and of defense of human rights.
Each competitor may take part in two ways:
1) E-mail, JPG format max 1,5 Mb [e-mail: istsuperiore@faxforpeace.eu] one or more pictures or works of visual art.
2) Send short films and cartoons of maximum 5 minute length that could also be forwarded in compressed format to the following e-mail address [istsuperiore@faxforpeace.eu] or forwarded by mail to [via degli Alpini, 1 - 33097 Spilimbergo (Pn) Italia]. The videos can be shot/made in the most common formats (AVI, MPEG, Real Video, QuickTime, Video for Windows, etc.)
Works from each competitor (individual artist, student or class) will be accepted starting from Sunday November 24th 2019 at 8.00 am until Saturday February 29th 2020 at 12.00 pm.
On each work it is necessary to indicate full name, name of school and grade/class (if students), telephone and fax number and/or e-mail address, city, country. The works will be exhibited as they are received in an “in progress” exhibition which will open on Sunday 24th November, 2019 at 5.00 pm at the Istituto Superiore di Spilimbergo - Il Tagliamento (via degli Alpini, 1 - Spilimbergo, Pordenone, ITALY).
Single students will also have to specify their school address, their age and the class attended. Competitors implicitly authorize the school to reproduce and use their works in the catalogue and in different media for no-profit activities. The organization cannot be held responsible in case of theft, damage or loss of the works. Works will not be returned or retransmitted to their authors. The exhibition will close on April 30th, 2020. A catalogue will be printed, reproducing a wide selection of the works received after/following up, which later will be sent to competitors free of charge, previous formal request.
Enrico Sarcinelli, Mayor of Spilimbergo
Alberto Carlo Varnier, former student representative
Angelo Bertani, art critic
Donato Guerra, President of the cultural association Il Circolo
Lucia D'Andrea, Headmistress of the Technical and Professional Schools of Spilimbergo Il Tagliamento
Nane Zavagno, artist.
Claudia Conte, actress and writer (Italy)
Denise Tatucci, actress (Italy)
Edoardo Winspeare, director (Italy)
Hanif Kureishi, writer (England)
Valeria Ciangottini, actress (Italy).
Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia-Giulia
Municipality of Spilimbergo
Woman International League for Peace and Freedom
National Coordination of Local Authorities for peace and human rights
Provincial Committee for UNICEF of Pordenone.
The jury of experts in communication, art critics and representatives of the school world will select 6 works among those received within the expiry date, according to their development of proposed themes and their effectiveness.
Sunday, November 24th 2019, 5.00 PM
Institute of Secondary Education Il Tagliamento
via degli Alpini, 1 - Spilimbergo (Pn) Italy
from 25th November 2019 to 30th April 2020
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Saturday: from 8.00 am to 12.00 am.
The following six prizes, will be awarded according to categories:
- best work - Kindergarten and Primary Schools: € 300,00
- best work - Lower Secondary Schools: € 300,00
- best work - Secondary High Schools: € 300,00
- best work - Video or cartoon: € 300,00
- best work - Artists: € 300,00.
- best work to satirical or humorous drawing on human and civil themes: € 300,00.
Istituto d'istruzione superiore di Spilimbergo Il Tagliamento
via degli Alpini, 1 - 33097 Spilimbergo (Pordenone) Italia
tel. + 39 (0) 427 40392 - fax + 39 (0) 427 40898
e-mail: istsuperiore@faxforpeace.eu - www.faxforpeace.eu.


26th International Cartoon Humour Competition on the Topic of Beer, the Golden Keg 2020

26th International Cartoon Humour Competition on the Topic of Beer,
the Golden Keg 2020, Slovakia
On Wednesday, 1 April 2020, an exhibition of the best competing works, a festive announcement of the results and the handing of the prizes to the most successful authors of the 26th competition in accordance with the Jury´s decision will take place as follows:
GRAND PRIZE (Grand Prix): Golden Keg and 500 EU
1st Prize: Small GOLDEN KEG and 200 EU
2nd Prize: Small GOLDEN KEG and 150 EU
3rd Prize: Small Golden KEG and 100 EU.
The Jury of the competition reserves the right not to award some of the prizes, to modify the amounts of the financial rewards and/or to award more prizes and/or honorary mentions.
The organisers will accept for the competition all works that will be delivered at the address of the Saskia Gallery in Presov by Friday, 28th February 2020.
The organisers of the competition reserve the right to publish selected works in promotional materials and to reinstall the exhibition.
The diploma and the exhibition catalogue will be received in print by every awarded author and in the electronic form by every participating author who also provides his or her e-mail address. Main prizes and financial rewards can be received by an awarded author only in person on 1 April or through a person authorised by him/her.
Competition rules:
1. Each author can send at maximum five original works, including graphic techniques.
2. The competition is open to anybody and everybody, and it is not restricted in terms of artistic design methods.
3. The formats of the works should not exceed the A4 dimensions.
4. The competition is non-anonymous. Each work should be signed on the reverse and bear the author´s full address.
5. The rewarded works will become property of the BEER GALLERY in Presov.
6. Send your works at the address:
Sarisska GALERIA
(p. Fedor VICO)
ul. Hlavna 51
080 01 Presov
Please clearly mark the envelope with the word „PIVO”.
e-mail: fedorvico@gmail.com.
Source: SyriaCartoon.


The 16th International Cartoon Contest Syria 2020

The 16th International Cartoon Contest
SYRIA 2020
T h e m e s:
Cartoon Section: Mask
Caricature Section: Mohammad Almaghout (1934- 2006),
Syrian Writer and Poet:
He has pioneer contributions to the history of the
Syrian contemporary poetry movement as an immortal writer.
N o t e :
1- Each participant can send maximum 2 artworks
2- A cartoon must not have won an appraisal at previous competitions
3- The cartoons must not contain text.
Drawings can also be made digitally.
A3, 200 dpi, JPG/JPEG and free techniques.
• Deadline: 5 January 2020
Prizes: Golden, Silver, Bronze and 5 Special Prizes.
• Jury members will be considered as participants in the exhibition
and represent their own countries.
Their names will be automatically added to the List of Participants
They will participate only in exhibition,
not in contest (just honorary participation).
Cartoons can be used for any promotion purposes
(Printing, websites, newspapers, posters, invitation cards, etc)
without the permission of the artist and without any payment.
•  Cartoons must be sent to:
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Shopping is the main theme of Olense Kartoenale 2020, Belgium

The main theme 2020 is 'Shopping: yesterday, today and tomorrow'. The theme of Amnesty International 2020 is 'There is nothing wrong with solidarity, so don't prosecute'.
How to to participate?
You can sign up your participation from 1 July 2020 via www.olensekartoenale.be.

Similarity: From (b)ovine to handbag

Jamal Rahmati, 2nd Prize
Olense Kartoenale 2019, Olen, Belgium.
M. Çağlar Soyarat, Mention
1. idesbaş cartoon contest 2006, Izmir, Turkey
(Catalog p.29).
This report by Mete Ağaoğlu.