Endorsements

Read what these people have said about Shahid…

“FOR YEARS UNDER MILITARY RULE POLITICAL CARTOONISTS HAVE BEEN THE BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE DEPICTING WHAT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY IN THE PRINTED WORD IN THE PRESS. SHAHID HAS BECOME THE MOST WIDELY READ CARTOONIST BECAUSE HE IS THE PRIME EXAMPLE OF GRACE UNDER PRESSURE. HIS HONESTY, HIS SENSE OF HUMOUR AND HIS ARTISTIC SKILLS ARE INCOMPARABLE IN TODAY’S PAKISTAN.”

AHMED RASHID, AUTHOR OF THE BEST-SELLING TALIBAN: MILITANT ISLAM, OIL AND FUNDAMENTALISM IN CENTRAL ASIA WHICH HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN OVER 25 LANGUAGES.

“SHAHID’S CARTOONS ARE POINTED POLITICAL ATTACKS IN WHICH THE ARTIST USUALLY LAMBASTS THE IMPOTENCE OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND THE OMNIPOTENCE OF THE UNITED STATES. THE IDEAS HE EXPRESSES, AS COMPLEX AS THEY MIGHT BE, DO NOT REQUIRE CAPTIONS. THE IMAGE, WITH BITING HUMOR, SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. SHAHID’S SHARP LINE, HIS POWERFUL USE OF BLACK AND WHITE CONTRASTS, AND HIS STRONG SENSE OF COMPOSITION, CANNOT LEAVE THE READER UNMOVED BY THE CRITICAL MESSAGE THAT THE HE WANTS TO CONVEY.”

LAURE BARBIZET, IS THE HEAD CURATOR AT THE MUSEE D’HISTOIRE CONTEMPORAINE (MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY HISTORY) IN PARIS.

“CARTOONISTS ARE UNIQUELY POSITIONED TO CUT THROUGH PROPAGANDA AND ILLUMINATE THE FOLLIES AND HYPOCRISIES OF THE RICH AND POWERFUL. THERE ARE FEW WHO DO IT BETTER WITH THE ARTISTRY AND PIZZAZ THAN SHAHID.”

DAVID BARSAMIAN, IS THE AWARD WINNING FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF ALTERNATIVE RADIO. HE IS THE AUTHOR OF NUMEROUS BOOKS WITH NOAM CHOMSKY, HOWARD ZINN, EQBAL AHMAD, AND EDWARD SAID.

“SHAHID EXPRESSES HIS POINTS OF VIEW THROUGH BITING HUMOR, POWERFUL IMAGERY AND EXPERT DRAFTSMANSHIP. MOREOVER, HIS CARTOONS REFLECT A DEEP UNDERSTANDING OF GLOBAL ISSUES. SHAHID REPRESENTS PAKISTAN AMONG THE WORLD’S GREAT CARTOONISTS REPRESENTED BY CARTOONISTS & WRITERS SYNDICATE AND THE NEW YORK TIMES PRESS SYNDICATE.”

JERRY ROBINSON, PRIZE-WINNING CARTOONIST AND PIONEER BATMAN ARTIST WHO CREATED THE ARCH-VILLAN THE JOKER. JERRY ALSO FOUNDED THE “CARTOONISTS & WRITERS SYNDICATE” WHICH REPRESENTED SOME OF THE BEST CARTOONING TALENT FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

“IN THE CONFORMIST CULTURE WE INHABIT, THERE ARE NOT TOO MANY CRITICS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A FEW CARTOONISTS. TO BE EFFECTIVE A CARTOONIST MUST BE ABRASIVE, FEARLESS, ICONOCLASTIC AND, SOMETIMES, VICIOUS. SHAHID CAN BE ALL OF THESE AND THAT’S WHAT MAKES HIM SUCH A GIFTED ARTIST.”

TARIQ ALI, IS THE EDITOR OF NEW LEFT REVIEW AND HAS WRITTEN EXTENSIVELY ON WORLD HISTORY AND POLITICS. HIS FIRST NOVEL OF A QUINTET, SHADOWS OF THE POMEGRANATE TREE WAS AWARDED THE ARCHBISHOP SAN CLEMENTE DEL INSTITUTO ROSALIA DE CASTRO PRIZE IN 1994.  

“SHAHID BITES. AND HE BITES HARD! HIS CARTOONS ARE UNSPARING, AND CHOICE OF TARGETS EXCELLENT. DIALECTICAL PAIRS ARE SKILFULLY MATED: BUSH AND BIN LADEN; NUCLEAR INDIA AND NUCLEAR PAKISTAN; CNN AND AL-JAZEERA; THE MULLAH AND ATOMIC SCIENCE. EVEN A GLANCE TELLS SO MUCH ABOUT CONTEMPORARY WORLD HISTORY AND THE ABSURDITY OF IT ALL.”

DR. PERVEZ HOODBHOY, RENOWNED NUCLEAR PHYSICIST AND DISARMAMENT ACTIVIST, IS A PROFESSOR OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS AND THE HEAD OF THE PHYSICS DEPARTMENT AT QUAID-E-AZAM UNIVERSITY, PAKISTAN. IN 2003, DR. HOODBHOY WAS AWARDED UNESCO’S KALINGA PRIZE AND HIS FILM THE BELL TOLLS FOR PLANET EARTH WON HONORABLE MENTION AT THE PARIS FILM FESTIVAL.

“THE POWER OF SHAHID’S CARTOONS ARE ACUTE. TAKE A CLOSE LOOK IF YOU DARE. INSTEAD OF EUPHEMISMS, FIND DIRECT STATEMENTS; INSTEAD OF EVASION, FIND CANDOR. THE SKILL OF ILLUSTRATION IS MATCHED BY THE ACUITY OF VISION. HERE IS SHARPLY DRAWN HUMANISM, EDGY AS A STRAIGHT RAZOR — AND UNWAVERING AS A MOUNTAIN. SHAHID DOESN’T WASTE A SINGLE LINE. HE IS ONE OF THE FINEST POLITICAL CARTOONISTS AROUND.”

NORMAN SOLOMON, IS THE FOUNDER OF THE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC ACCUCRACY AND THE AUTHOR OF SEVERAL BOOKS INCLUDING THE HABITS OF DECEPTIVE MEDIA AND WAR MADE EASY. HE ORGANIZED TWO TRIPS TO BAGHDAD IN 2002 INCLUDING ONE WITH ACTOR SEAN PENN.

“SHAHID’S WORK ALWAYS SEEKS TO UNVEIL THE TRUTH. IT IS COURAGEOUS, HUMOROUS AND ALWAYS HUMAN.”

SALMAN AHMED, IS THE FOUNDER AND LEAD GUITARIST FOR JUNOON. ‘Q’ MAGAZINE CALLS THEM “ONE OF THE BIGGEST BANDS IN THE WORLD.” BILLBOARD CREDITS THEM WITH BEING “THE SUBCONTINENT’S BIGGEST CROSSOVER SUCCESS AFTER THE LATE NUSRAT FATEH ALI KHAN.”

“SHAHID GIVES A DISTINCTLY IRONIC SOUTH-ASIAN SLANT TO HIS WORK. YET HIS VIEW ISN’T LIMITED TO THE POLITICS AND AFFAIRS OF ONE REGION. HE COMBINES A WORLDLY KNOWLEDGE OF EVENTS WITH A KEEN NON-WESTERN PERSPECTIVE IN DRAWINGS THAT ARE BOTH INTELLIGENT AND DARKLY IRREVERENT.”

TIMOTHY KARR, WORKED AT THE WORLD TIMES AND THE WORLD PAPER WHERE HE SERVED AS EXECUTIVE EDITOR. HE PREVIOUSLY WORKED WITH TIME WARNER AS THEIR ASIAWEEK CORRESPONDENT IN VIETNAM.


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