Chappatte's year: Death of Kim Jong-Il – Patrick Chappette: "What a loss the passing of Kim Jong-Il was for us cartoonists! This character was surreal; he looked like someone from Cartoon Network. Everything about him was fascinating. His haircut -- he must have combed it with dynamite. His son isn't bad either..."
Chappatte's year: Afghanistan – "This cartoon tries to illustrate the sad irony of an unchanged situation after years of war. It illustrates the idea that big powers come and go, but nothing changes in Afghanistan."
Chappatte's year: Iraq – "Here we have the supreme irony of liberating a people to allow them to turn against you. Plus I wanted to underline the hypocrisy of Iraqi politicians. I think the Iraq war didn't do much for the U.S. or Iraq."
Chappatte's year: Syria's Assad – "Only a cartoon allows for an image like this, which defies gravity. The cartoon language can convey a message lightly. And you can interpret it in two ways: 'he's still standing' or 'his credibility is eroded and he'll be out soon.' You don't need to explain, you see the cartoon and feel it."
Chappatte's year: Bin Laden's death – "Osama bin Laden living in the back yard of the Pakistani army: That was a big joke in itself! I'm trying to illustrate this simple fact, the joke is provided by the reality of the situation."
Chappatte's year: Durban Conference – "Let's not forget to talk about it. The climate and the environment went away in 2011 because of the economic crisis. I'm trying to remind the readers of that fact through my cartoon."
Chappatte's year: EU debt crisis – 2011 was also the year of the European headache. In my cartoons about the euro crisis, I love to draw the character of the European official: small, fat, with round glasses. When urged by Americans to speak with one voice, they scream in panic.
Chappatte's year: Fukushima aftermath – "I did many cartoons about Fukushima, but this one about the aftermath is more interesting for me. The exit from atomic energy was decided in some countries like Germany and Switzerland -- but where is the stop button? It's going to be a difficult process."
Chappatte's year: Palestinians join UNESCO – "The Palestinians joining UNESCO against the will of the U.S., pushed by Israel. This shows how America sometimes finds itself weakened on the world stage. In losing this battle they found themselves more like an observer than a player."