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Cartooning for peace

By Maria Gregoriou

Those of you who have doodled cartoons, love to read the cartoon strips in newspapers, magazines and online, will be thrilled to know that French cartoonist Plantu will be among us on Friday to give a conference in Nicosia.
And the reason he is scheduled to be here is very topical following the events in Paris this week at the offices of Charlie Hebdo.

The cartoonist, whose real name is Jean Plantureux, specialises in political satire, a type of cartoon featured in many newspapers thoughout the world. France is no exception to this and Plantu’s work has regularly appeared in the French newspaper Le Monde since October, 1972, when his first editorial cartoon featured a scene from the Vietnam war.

Plantu was initially going to study medicine but switched to drawing in 1969 in Brussels. After moving back to Paris he was hired by Le Monde and in 1985 he also began to illustrate the front page daily.

From 1980 to 1986, he also worked with Phosphore magazine and since 1997, he publishes one page in the weekly magazine L’Express. In 1988 he received the Mumm prize for his cartoon Gordji chez le juge.

After his art was featured in the Festival of the Caricature in Ankara, Turkey in 2001, he met the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to discuss an upcoming international conference of new cartoonists in Paris. The Cartooning for Peace Organisation was a result of this meeting, which was founded in 2006 to defend editorial cartoonists’ freedom of expression throughout the world. Cartooning for Peace counts more than 100 editorial cartoonists.

The cartoonist has also exhibited his cartoons, as well as some of his sculptures around the world. Some of his work will also be exhibited at the conference. The talk will be in both English and French.

Meet Plantu
Conference with cartoonist Plantu. January 16, 7.00pm. Journalists’ House, 12 CyBC Avenue, Aglantzia, Nicosia. 7pm. Tel: 22-446090

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