New Cartoon Museum set to open. Angoulême, in the Poitou-Charentes region of western France and home to the recent International Comics Festival (as reported here) is to get a 1,300 sq m museum dedicated to the history and practice of creating cartoons and comics. The museum is planned to open in June, when entrance fees will be €4 (£3.50) for adults to the main museum and €3 (£2.60) for the additional temporary exhibitions. Combined entrance will be €6 (£5.30) per adult.
South Korea to celebrate 100 years of cartoons. Since the publication of the first Korean cartoon (a political cartoon on Japanese efforts to annexe the peninsula) on 2 June 1909 cartoons and comics have blossomed into a industry thought to be worth around US$600 million (over £400 million). The Korean government is also setting aside $96 million (over £60 million) over the next five years to support the industry.
Cartoons used as a ‘medium of social crusade’ in Nigeria. The Spanish Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria is hosting a programme to reinforce and promote the culture of cartooning through a series of workshops, exhibitions and awards, with the aim of encouraging sharing and co-operation between their two cultures.