Yesterday we did receive a mail of a cartoonist saying that the rule about the free catalogue in the rules of the Euro-kartoenale is lacking style and generosity.
Why do we ask cartoonists to contribute in the postage costs in order to receive the free catalogue?
Only one reason: too expensive.
First of all we like to mention that the Euro-kartienale is one of the only organisations that offer a catalogue to all participants and by that way we like to thank all participants for their great work.
A lot of cartoon organisations don’t publish any catalogue and if they do so ONLY selected cartoonists do get a free copy.
As we appreciate the effort that every cartoonist makes and because we like to be transparent to all participants we did decide that everyone gets a free copy. In our case this means at about 900 free copies (total value: 13 500 Euro).
On the other hand the postage costs in Belgium to sent the books are amazingly high (9 Euro inside Europe, 15 Euro outside Europe). So the cost to sent the catalogues around the world is, in our case, about 10 000 Euro.
You can imagine that it is not very easy to find these financial support.
By asking this little contribution to the cartoonist, we make it possible to sent everybody a catalogue, as gratitude, but also that way more people around the world can see the selected works and enjoy it. Young starting cartoonists can even learn by looking the selected works.
We also take in count the economical differences around the world, by asking ‘international reply coupons’ (so people only pay what the cost is in their own country and not the extremely high costs in Belgium).
Let’s be clear: the Euro-kartoenale is a volunteer only organisation that, since more then 30 years is promoting the cartoon art in a non commercial way with respect, that was always our aim, for the cartoonists.
The framing and exposing of the works, free entrance cartoon exhibition during 3 months (and travelling exhibitions), no other use of the cartoons then for the catalogue and the invitation/flyer of the exhibition, prize money and a lot of hard work.
You can imagine that it really hurts to hear people saying that we are taking disadvantage of cartoonists (or even that we do it for financial profit).
Hope that, in future, terminology as ‘lack of respect’ and ‘being greedy’ will only be used for really ‘abusive’ and false cartoonorganisations and not for all these organisations that put a lot of work and money in the promotion of the great art of cartoon.
We are convinced that we can only promote the cartoon with a mutual respect between cartoonists and cartoon organisations.