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Art isn't created just to please our eyes; it also transfers ideas and provokes thought on social problems. Austrian cartoonist Gerhard Haderer has been producing satirical illustrations and cartoons for adults for decades now, highlighting the awful problems with society.

Gerhard Haderer had even faced the court for one of his brutally honest books, The Life of Jesus. It triggered violent reactions, because of the society problems discussed in it, in Europe, especially from the Catholic Church. The story culminated in 2005 when Haderer was convicted in Greece for insulting the religious community and was given a six-month suspended sentence in absentia. A few months later, however, this verdict was corrected on appeal, and Gerhard Haderer was acquitted.

The artist developed his realistic style when working as a graphic designer and illustrator for advertising agencies early in his career. It wasn't until a cancer operation in 1985 when Gerhard abandoned his commercial dreams and became a freelance caricaturist and satirical illustrator, mainly focusing on social issues. Scroll down to check out his unsettling and at times scary cartoons and vote for your favorites.

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did you know that a couple of years ago, there were more selfie related deaths than shark related deaths?

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this happens so much at live concerts, just put the damn phone down and enjoy the experience!

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Actually even a put-on smile can lift your mood, say neuro-scientists.

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This I do not understand. I like reading books in paper but there is nothing wrong with electronic editions. If anything, they are more eco friendly. It is still the same activity just different medium.

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Timeline: Catholic Church's sex abuse scandals https://www.cnn.com/2017/06/29/world/timeline-catholic-church-sexual-abuse-scandals/index.html

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've heard it said, how ironic it is that often times today, family time is getting everyone to put down their small screens and all look at the same big screen for a while.

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm not seeing this as a "fast food/obesity" thing, more like a CEO or corporate leader just greedily eating funds. Fat in wealth kind of thing

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I immediately thought that the commando in the middle thinks in black and white, and reality is all sorts of colors.

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

George Orwell- Animal Farm: ''Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not sure how many people knew this, but there is a forth monkey in this series. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil and do no evil.

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Holidays...so many people leaves at same time...so they get stuck on the road..,and they spend half of their vac waiting on the car...sad...reality

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