Cartoon 2021 in cartoons
The fair "sharing" of vaccines.

2021 as seen by Tom

2021 was nothing if not intense: the return of Covid-19, natural catastrophes, social unrest, COP26 in Glasgow… Voxeurop invites you on a comic tour with Tom Janssen, gathering some of his best drawings of the past year.

Published on 23 December 2021 at 11:00
The fair "sharing" of vaccines.

We left 2020 hoping 2021 would be a more calm affair. But the European and international news year turned out to be so action-packed that we barely know where to begin a summary, between Joe Biden's inauguration, the return of Covid-19, the migrant crisis on the Poland-Belarus border… the list goes on. Our mission at Voxeurop is to help you make sense of all these events with the best that European journalism and illustration has to offer. And since a picture paints a thousand words, we’re closing the year with a selection of the best cartoons of 2021 by Dutch artist Tom Janssen.

Born in 1950, Tom Janssen has worked for many years with the Dutch newspaper Trouw. His drawings have also appeared in Time Magazine, Le Monde and the New York Times. In 2006, he was awarded third prize in the World Press Cartoon competition. 2021 has been a special year in terms of international recognition, with Tom winning first prize in the second European Cartoon Awards and the international Libex competition.

Click on a drawing to start the slideshow:


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