ALI FERZAT GALLERY: Eight eye-catching cartoons to support beaten Syrian artist

If the pen is mightier than the sword, what is the power — then — of a hundred pens?

Many of the world’s cartoonists are determined to find out.

Last week, Comic Riffs put out an open call to cartoonists: Now is the time for the brethren of the drawing board to pick up their pens and paintbrushes and digital pads in support of Ali Ferzat . This came after Ferzat, Syria’s popular political cartoonist, was adbucted and viciously beaten after criticizing the brutal regime of al-Assad; the photo of Ferzat in bed, his battered hands raised, quickly became as much of a visual lightning rod as a cartoon by Ferzat himself.

In response, Comic Riffs soon heard from many cartoonists, including Politico’s Matt Wuerker — who also represents the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists — and Bill Day of Cagle Cartoons. We also spoke with cartoonist Matt Bors , who helps run the excellent comics-journalism site Cartoon Movement.

Within the comics community, you could sense the groundswell. Commentators the globe over helped beat the drum of outrage, and the U.S. State Department even pointedly condemned the attack. But it was from among cartoonists that eventually sprung the rallying cry: “We Are All Ferzat.”

And from that groundswell, we now have “1000 Ferzats.”

Over the weekend, Comic Riffs began linking to some art within the steady stream of cartoons. Today, we offer a gallery to spotlight eight of the most eye-catching artworks:

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1. NEXT MEDIA ANIMATION:

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The Taiwan-based animation house is, essentially, responding to the cartoonist responders themselves. Featured in this video are some of the actual pro-Ferzat cartoons, including those by the aforementioned Wuerker and Day.

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2. MATT WUERKER:


(MATT WUERKER/Politico)

3. BILL DAY:


(BILL DAY/Cagle Cartoons)

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4. SHERIF ARAFA:


(SHERIF ARAFA/Alittihad newspaper)

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5. NATE BEELER:


(NATE BEELER/Washington Examiner)

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6. TJEERD ROYAARDS:


(TJEERD ROYAARDS/Netherlands / Cartoon Movement)

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7. GIACOMO CARDELLI:


(GIACOMO CARDELLI/Italy / Cartoon Movement)

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8. RICK MCKEE:


(RICK MCKEE/Augusta Chronicle)

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Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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