Lucine Kasbarian


Lucine Kasbarian is a New Jersey and Massachusetts-based children’s book author, political cartoonist, syndicated journalist and publicist. She is a second generation-born American-Armenian descendant of Armenian Genocide survivors. She was brought up in an Armenian-speaking home where humor, politics and the arts shared equal stage. Lucine graduated from the NYU School of Journalism with minors in Political Science and Studio Art. She first began drawing political cartoons in response to the assassination of journalist Hrant Dink and as a way to constructively express her concerns about social injustice and réalpolitik. As a cartoonist, Lucine’s intention is to spotlight realities and hypocrisies that do not receive adequate coverage in mainstream media; to see her work appear in media outlets that reflect the traditions of a truly free press; and to drive the points home in absurdist, paradoxical ways by drawing from history, popular culture and personal experience. Lucine is also the author of Armenia: A Rugged Land, an Enduring People – named one of the 1998 Best Books of the Year by the Bank Street College of Education, and The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale – a 2013 Nautilus Book Award winner. According to documentary filmmaker Peter Musurlian, her new book of political cartoons, Perspectives from Exile, “should be in every Armenian-American school library and taught in social studies classes in each one of those schools.” Lucine’s syndicated articles and cartoons, often about the culture of exile and inequity, appear in Armenian and non-Armenian media outlets throughout the world. Her website address is: lucinekasbarian.com