Being Funny Is Not that Funny; A Review on Contemporary Humor and Editorial Cartooning

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 6pm - 9:30pm

Location: Sufi Mediterranean Restaurant

This event is in the past.

(Attendance is free for Students and all AIAP members)

Summary of presentation:

In the last 109 years of its existence in Iran, cartooning has evolved from the European classic style of Molla Nasraddin to a variety of modern styles that appear in print and online media. However, many have had to pay a price to keep cartooning alive.

Nikahang Kowsar, one of Iran’s most active editorial cartoonists in the last 25 years, will speak about contemporary editorial cartooning in the country and its path to the future.

(Speech in Persian)

About the Speaker

Nikahang Kowsar, 46, also known as Nik Kowsar is an award-winning Iranian-Canadian cartoonist, journalist, and blogger, currently living in Washington DC, US. He is member of the New York Times Syndicate and the Deputy Director of the Cartoonists Rights Network International Consortium.

Kowsar was also a reformist candidate for the second term of city council of Tehran in 2003, an election won by the conservative candidates of Abadgaran.

He studied Geology in the University of Tehran, and Journalism at the Sheridan Institute of Technology in Canada. Kowsar joined Gol-Agha, an Iranian political satire magazine as a cartoonist in 1991. He worked for the major national Iranian newspaper Hamshahri from 1992 to 1998, and was a member of other newspapers, including "Zan", "Aftab-e Emrooz", "Sobh-e Emrooz", "Akhbar-e Eghtesadi", "Azad", "Bahar", "Bonyan", "Doran-e Emrooz", "Nosazi", "Hayate No", "Abrar-e Eghtesadi", "Hambastegi", "Farhang-e Ashti". Most of these papers were banned by Justice Department. He was arrested in Feb. 2000 for drawing a cartoon and was taken into custody. He left Iran in 2003. 

Many of his syndicated cartoons have been published by international media. 

Read more about Nikahang Kowsar:
1- Wikipedia page
2- The Civic Beat page

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm - Dinner and Networking (Dinner will not be served after 6:45 pm)

7:00 pm - 7:45 pm - Announcements and Music Performance
7:45 pm - 8:00 pm - Break and Networking
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Main Presentation and Q&A


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