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Interview With Hicabi Demirci-Turkey/By Irancartoon
0 Comments | 5 Likes| Interview | Hicabi Demirci | Turkey | Irancartoon

Your biography in 3 lines?

I was born 4 June1968 in Samsun, Turkey.. I studied Biology at the Faculty of Science, Ankara University, graduating in 1992. Yet I never dealt with biology as a profession.. I didn’t take any art training.. I live in Istanbul.

What was your first satirical cartoon?

My first drawings were sports cartoons: In 1985 I went to the exhibition of sports cartoons and was influenced with them very much..


When did you start your professional working?

-Began to draw in 1988, Ankara.. at an animation film studio.. I started there as the assistant animator cartoonist..

What was your first published artwork?

In 1987; a cartoon book on the subject of corruption..

What was your first prize?

In 1996; the international Nasreddin Hodja cartoon contest.

What was your last prize?

In 2015 the international cartoon contest in Bursa, Turkey, with theme: War and Peace.

How do you find new ideas?

Sometimes I only need A4 paper and pen..also my dreams.. I would note my dreams when I wake up..

Whats your idea about Inevitable Similarities?

We should fight against the problem if we can’t avoid it.

Also we can’t evaluate the artists by their single work. We need to examine the originality of all his/her works..

And we should use internet in competitions before making the final decision.. I think this will reduce the risks of similarity and repitition.


What do you think about plagiarism?

The situation of a cartoonist being the subject matter of a cartoon..

Do you think who is the best Iranian Cartoonist?

Best Iranian cartoonist is Kambiz Derambakhsh.

Who is the best Cartoonist in your country?

Best Turkish cartoonist is Turhan Selcuk..He died on 11 March 2010 in Istanbul..

Do you think who is the best foreign cartoonist?

Best foreign cartoonists are Sempe, Bosc, Yuri Kosobukin

What's the best cartoon that you've ever seen? If possible send it to us.

So many indeed! I’d cite one of Sempe’s works.

How much time do you pay for creating an artwork?

I spend average one day..

What are your tools and technique for creating artwork?

Only pen.

Which software do you use?

I use Adobe Photoshop in coloring the cartoon..

What's your recommendation to your colleagues?

Cartoon art needs close interest perhaps like a lover.. They should not withhold love.. also every day they need to work to get their hands on the pen..

What do you think about cartoon situation in the world?

Humour will continue its force in the digital age also..

Did you ever have problems with your cartoons?.

I never had any problems with my cartoons..

What was your best cartoon?

My best cartoon, I suppose, is the one awarded the second prize in the international cartoon competition with theme ”the End”: it tells about the story of human maturation..

Have you ever created an immediate Cartoon?

Only sketches.

Have you ever been jury member in any Cartoon Contest?

I have been jury member lots of times.. Most recently on the Resist Art Cartoon Contest..

What about Caricature?

In Caricature; there are great masters.. I follow them with enthusiasm.. But I do not see myself as a portrait artist..

Have you ever worked in cooperation with another artist?

No, never worked with another artist..

What's your idea about Irancartoon website?

Irancartoon website is a leader in the field.. it’s a modernist and also very important brand..

If you were born again what would you choose as your career?

It’s very important if your hobby is your career; you’d never feel the passing of time. Being a good film director is a nice feeling, too.

Do you think there’s a border between Cartoon and Caricature?

I do not seek such a border.

What and when was your last exhibition?

I have a collective’s still ongoing...

What's your description of cartoon?

I try to make the sense of humor at the forefront in my cartoons and also I care that they should resist the passing of time..

Do you think an artist can have enough money by creating cartoon and caricature?

In my opinion, the talented ones always make money…

Who's your favorite artist except in cartoon world?

Vincent van Gogh.

What was the last book you've read?

GABO, a comics book..

Writer: Óscar Pantoja

Illustrators: Miguel Bustos, Felipe Camargo Rojas, Tatiana Córdoba.

Do you think humor can be learned?

The sense of humor is not subsequently learned..

What's your idea about Black Humor?

Irony is one of the most important tools of cartoons..

Who is the best artist in Black Humor?

I think, the best artist in black humor is Roland Topor.

What was your last performed Cartoon?

It is about Fathers’ Day.

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