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Ted Rall v. Los Angeles Times

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Ted Rall’s cartoon on pedestrian fines (2015)

In July 2015, the Los Angeles Times fired cartoonist Ted Rall. The reason was a text by the cartoonist entitled:“LAPD crackdown on pedestrians – don’t the police have anything better to do?

The cartoonist recounted a 2001 incident with the LAPD, claiming that he was pushed against a wall, handcuffed, manhandled, manhandled and ticketed by an LAPD motor officer, and that a second officer threw his driving licence into the gutter. Rall also said that dozens of witnesses shouted to protest the officer’s conduct. He had allegedly crossed the street at an unpermitted location (jaywalking).

Rall filed a formal complaint with the Los Angeles Police Department, butmonthspassedand he did not hear back, later learning that the complaint had been dismissed.

The LAPD presented evidence related to that arrest, including the complaint filed by Rall. The police provided an audio tape ( enhanced audio) of the encounter recorded by the police officer that allegedly disproved Rall’s claims.

Rall sued the Times for defamation, wrongful termination, and other charges after the newspaper published two articles accusing him of lying in his criticism of the Los Angeles police in which he alleged repression and unjustified violence against pedestrians.

Two years after his dismissal, Ted Rall has decided to exercise his own defence in a trial that took place on 14 July and which has now gone to the California Court of Appeal.

Short #70Text of the reason for the dismissal with the note from the newspaper’s editor announcing that his job was being terminated.

Short #70Times reaffirms its decision, Ted Rall’s post did not meet standards

Short #70Ted Rall is chronicling the day-to-day of his lawsuit against the paper on his website.

Musa Kart trial to be held on 24 July

Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart and his colleagues at the daily Cumhuriyet will sit in front of a judge on 24 July, accused of supporting terrorism. They face sentences of up to 29 years in prison. They have been in prison for more than 9 months.

It is paradoxical that the cartoonist is accused of “helping an armed terrorist organisation, without being a member of it” when it can be seen that in his cartoons he satirised everyone without expressing messages of direct support for anyone.

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Some of Musa Kart’s cartoons

Quentin Blake claims he has not received a penny in royalties from The BFG

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Quentin Blake in his studio (2016)

The BFG is a Steven Spielberg film written by Melissa Mathison and based on the famous story “The Big Friendly Giant” by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake(1932), which was released in the United States and other countries on 1 July 2017.

The well-known illustrator has revealed that has not received a penny the well-known illustrator has revealed that he was paid a royalty despite the obvious resemblance of many of the images in the film to his drawings. Many believe he has been denied the credit he deserves.

DreamWorks, Disney and the Royal Shakespeare Company have declined to comment.

Short #70Virtual tour blake’s studio.

10 years after the hijacking of issue 1573 of El Jueves

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On 20 July 2007, Judge del Olmo ordered the seizure of issue 1,573 of the magazine El Jueves(see order) and requested that all copies be withdrawn from points of sale, the reason being the front page. The prosecutor even ordered the ‘El Jueves’ website to be “disconnected”, although this would hardly have been necessary as it collapsed due to an avalanche of visits. This story had international repercussions.

The Spanish Constitution prohibits prior censorship of publications, but allows for the seizure of publications once they are on the street if a judge determines that they violate certain fundamental rights.

Guillermo’s drawing, with a script by Manel, under the caption “2500 euros per child” showed a caricature of Prince Felipe and Letizia in bed practising the doggy style, the scene illustrating a joke about the ZP government’s baby cheque.

The head of the Central Court of Instruction number 6 sent an injunction to the editor of the magazine to identify the authors of the caricature, because they could have allegedly committed crimes against the Crown under articles 490.3 and 491 of the Penal Code, facing sentences of up to 2 years in prison for slander or libel against the king or his descendants.

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One of the most absurd anecdotes was that the judge pretended to remove “the plates” from the magazine. Another absurdity was the debate in the media and on the internet about “soez y lo grosero” as if rudeness were a criminal offence (on the right, an allusive cartoon by Mauro Entrialgo)

On 13 November 2007, they were found guilty of the crime of insulting the crown prince and the judge imposed a fine of 3600 euros (the prosecutor had asked for 6000) for each of the cartoonists, considering that both the drawing and the text of the cartoon were “objectively insulting”.

The Constitutional Court dismissed the magazine’s appeal against the sentence handed down by the National High Court. It was announced that an appeal would be lodged with the Strasbourg court but there was no further news.

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Pepe the Frog, resurrection

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If in May we are witnessing the death of Pepe the Frog of Pepe the Frog, now Matt Furie wants to resurrect it.

The author wants to try to show that the character is still a “positive” symbol after white supremacists and other people linked to the “alt-righthad appropriated Pepe by turning him into a meme to illustrate hate messages.

It’s not the first time he’s tried to wash his face. As I thought on the day of his “death”, I still think he has it pretty rough.

It seems that Furie also wants to use the action to try to somehow prosecute unauthorised commercial uses of the frog, which has ended up being emblazoned on all sorts of products.

He’s got his work cut out for him there too.

Short #70 Finally, a review and farewell to the authors who have left us this month.

Short #70Juan Carlos Colombres,Landrú, an essential figure of Argentinean graphic humour, died in Buenos Aires on 6 July 2017 at the age of 94.

Short #70Martin Landau died on 15 July 2017 at the age of 89, although he is best known for his career as an actor, at the age of 17 he lied about his age to get his first job as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News where he drew for five years. At 22 he began his stage career.

Short #70 Joan Lee died in Los Angeles on 6 July 2017 at the age of 93, and was Stan Lee’s wife from 1947. Although she did not draw,in some versions of the origin of theFantastic Four, Stan Lee credits Joan as the inspiration for the characters.

Short #70Galip Tekin, well-known comic book artist and screenwriter and pioneer of fantasy and science fiction comics in Turkey was found dead in his flat in Istanbul on 6 July 2017. He was 59 years old

His partner and friend, cartoonist Yilmaz Aslanturk said the cause of his death was a heart attack.

Short #70Mangesh Tendulkar (Web – Facebook) noted Indian cartoonist, died on 11 July 2017 of a pulmonary embolism at the age of 83 at a hospital in Pune. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer three years ago.

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