With just over a month to go before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begin, the world is still trying to figure out how it feels about them happening at all. To lighten the mood, former IOC marketing leader Michael Payne has just launched a remarkable book documenting the history of Olympic cartoons.
Over 1200 Olympic themed cartoons from all over the world and a personal 100,000 word commentary tell the story of the Games and this book promises to be a remarkable contribution to Olympic history, albeit a self-described unofficial history.
All profits from the book are going to four charities and you can learn a lot more about it at the dedicated website. Speaking about Toon In!, Michael said:
“I have always admired the great skill of the cartoonist. When I worked at the IOC, I had several
edgy Olympic cartoons hanging in my office that would always prompt surprise. With the COVID-19
lockdown, I had the time and opportunity to research over 3,000 Olympic-themed cartoons and
found many untold Olympic stories. It has been a fun, complicated and time-consuming project,
but I hope that in these challenging and difficult times, the book will bring people a few smiles.”
A selection of the cartoons are available for free on the website and give a great insight into what the book has to offer.