E P Unny Cartoon Exhibition.

Here is E P Unny’s take on the Anna Hazare Phenomenon.

Anna Hazare: The Long- Drawn- Out Story.

An exhibition of Unny’s cartoons that appeared in the Indian Express, curated by Sundar Ramanathaiyer for CCA.

The cartoons are accompanied by curator’s introductory remarks and a short piece by the cartoonist himself.

Interact, criticize, comment, appreciate..

Click on the Image on the left to view the show.


Leunig Exhibition Kochi pics

The Leunig cartoon exhibition organized by CCA in association with MEHAC Foundation went well. We sincerely thank all those who viewed the show and the volunteers who made the show possible. Here is how the show went.



Here are some pictures of the show.


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Graphic Language: The Art and Literature of Comics Exhibition.


Grand Opening

Graphic Language: The Art and Literature of Comics


September 25, 2011, 4:00-6:00 p.m.


North Room, Iowa Memorial Union


125 North Madison St., Iowa City, IA


Celebrate the Grand Opening of the innovative new exhibition, Graphic Language: The Art and Language of Comics, with the curators!


This show was organized by three CLAS professors: Corey Creekmur, associate professor of English and Cinema & Comparative Literature; Ana Merino, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese; Rachel Williams, associate professor of Art and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, as well as UIMA chief curator Kathy Edwards.


Kutty Turns 90.

One of India’s finest political cartoonists, P.K Sankarankutty Nair, popularly known as cartoonist Kutty turns 90 today (Sept 4, 2011). Trained under the legendary Sankar, Kutty became the staff cartoonist of National Herald, Lucknow, first cartoon appearing on January 15, 1941.He went on to work for Madras War Review, Free Press Journal, National Call, Amar Bharath, Sankar’s Weekly and the Indian News Chronicle.

In 1951, Kutty joined the Ananda Bazar Group of Calcutta. His cartoons appeared in many of the group’s publications– English daily Hindustan Standard (New Delhi, 1951–1986), the Bengali language daily Ananda Bazar Patrika (1975–1986) and Desh (Bengali literary weekly). Kutty’s work was also syndicated for  newspapers such as Hindustan Times (1961–1962) and The Indian Express (1962–1969). From 1987 to 1997, Kutty worked for another Bengali daily, Aaj Kaal. He was also associated with the Bengali publication Parivarthan (1986-1987). 

E P Unny, writes:

The Impish Kutty, Shankar’s prime disciple, quietly moved away from the mentor’s grand architecture to less peopled frames that focused more  economically on the day’s news. …Politics was losing its centre stage and was beginning to look like a carnival with many side shows, all of which Kutty captured for the now defunct Hindustan Standard. His career eventually took a remarkable turn. With a largely visual idiom peppered with terse captions that were easy to translate, he cut across as few cartoonists have. At Ananda Bazar Patrika, he was a big hit– in a language he never knew, Bengali ( “The Indian Cartoon: An Overview.” The Indian Media: Illusions, Delusions and Reality. New Delhi: Rupa, 2006. 276-284.)

These days, Kutty lives in  Madison, WisconsinUnited States, with his family.


Exciting times for comic art!

Here are two exciting news of the week in the field of comic art.

University of Iowa’s Comics symposuim

This fall, leading comic artist-authors and scholars will meet in Iowa City for “Comics, Creativity, and Culture: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.” This three-day symposium (see here for a full symposium schedule) will foster dynamic exchanges between notable creators and publishers of comics and scholars engaged in the cultural analysis of comics. It is also a unique opportunity for students, faculty, and the community to join in a discussion of the ever growing area of comics, broadly defined to include comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels.


Manta Ray Comics in Mint.

“The Small Picture” is a full page  weekly comic strip on contemporary issues created by Manta Ray for Mint.


Michael Leunig Exhibition – Sydney Pics.

Here are some pics of the Michael Leunig exhibition curated by Jim Bridges and Sundar Ramnathaiyer in Sydney for the New South Wales Mental Health Association. The show was titled Celebrations ~ Appreciating the Little Things in Life. The show now travels to Kochi, Kerala, India. The show will be held at the Lotus club, Kochi on 06 Sept 2011 and will be open from 10 am to 7.30 Pm. The Kochi show is a joint initiative of MEHAC and CCA.

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