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Social Media & Censorship, Liabilities & Protections

image © Dario Castillejos From Daryl Cagle: I run a newspaper syndicate for editorial cartoons and columns. Half of America’s daily, paid-circulation newspapers subscribe to my service, which features about 75 political cartoonists and ten columnists. Sometimes I choose to “kill” a cartoon or column that I think is inappropriate, which often leads to an […]

Posted on: Jan 19, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Sizzling information

  The railroads did not stop growing because the need for passenger and freight transportation declined. That grew. The railroads are in trouble today not because that need was filled by others (cars, trucks, airplanes, and even telephones) but because it was not filled by the railroads themselves. They let others take customers away from them […]

Posted on: Jan 1, 2021,  Section: Controversies, Comments: 8 Comments

Clifford Controversy: Too Big, Wrong Red

Fans of Clifford The Big Red Dog are upset about the live-action movie since they saw CGI Clifford in the newly released movie teaser. Fans say Clifford is the size of a monster and the shade of red is all wrong. Clifford looks weird I don’t like it, why is it realistic clifford is already […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2020,  Section: Animation, Children's Books, Controversies, Movies, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: First Thoughts

There’s a bit of a pissing match breaking out on social media over purported plagiarism, which I’m not going to be too specific about because it is inconsequential and it would be nice if it died out on its own, with both parties a little embarrassed by the whole thing. Instead, the above will serve […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Matt Bors Comic Suppressed By Media

Cartoonist Matt Bors reports: Every outlet that runs my work* declined to publish my most recent comic, which is probably not surprising given the content, but it’s the first time that’s ever happened to me across the board. (*Every outlet except the one I edit, of course.) Apparently no print clients published it and the […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Turkey Trick or Treat

The treat is an opportunity to enter a cartoon competition. In the modern world where violence and discrimination pose a threat to universal and ethical norms, a sense of tolerance is more important than ever. Cartoons are the main pillars of a society based on tolerance and common sense, and open to different ideas and […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Turkey Trick or Treat

An Eighth Grade Social Studies Assignment

An eighth grade social studies assignment has riled some parents. We’ve covered the initial commotion and the cartoonist’s reaction. Here’s the (distant-learning) assignment that is causing all the hubbub.       Cartoonist credits (from top)David FitzsimmonsKallol MajumderElena Steier

Posted on: Aug 26, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

#BoycottScottAdams Trends as Scott Promotes It

I guess Scott Adams believes in the old bromide “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” From Scott’s Twitter feed: The Pop Times article (which cannot be linked to at this time) is, if I am understanding things, a repost of a three week old article from Meaww of July 1. The uproar is (was?) […]

Posted on: Jul 20, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 1 Comment

No White Privilege for Scott Adams

Cartoonist and social media maven (he’s been retweeted by President Trump) Scott Adams has created a twitterstorm in responding to a tweet and claiming reverse racism. “I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African-American audience. That was the third job I lost for being white. The […]

Posted on: Jun 29, 2020,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Controversies, Television, Comments: 2 Comments

Paper & Modesty Blaise Called Racially Insensitive

Warning: The following item deals with racial insensitivity and contains slurs that are offensive. The West Australian newspaper, located in Perth, reran a 1971 Modesty Blaise comic strip in its Monday, June 29, 2020 edition and is now taking heat for printing a strip that is seen as outrageously insensitive. From Pedestrian TV: The West […]

Posted on: Jun 29, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 3 Comments

What’s Lost If Political Cartoons Are Sacrificed?

[W]hat is lost when political cartoons are sacrificed completely to avoid conflict? To be sure, these are challenging times for the publications. Cartoonists and other journalists contacted by The Washington Post paint the picture: Smaller papers generally have thinner staffs and fewer resources, which means they rely largely on relatively inexpensive syndicated cartoons, which are […]

Posted on: Jun 23, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Australian Newspaper Accused of Continuing Racist Cartoon Tradition

From Junkee: The Australian has a long and storied history of just appallingly racist cartoons. There’s something about cartoons being racist that just hits differently — they feel like they should be a more cheery medium, and they are being misused somehow. Anyway, since The Australian’s resident cartoonist Bill Leak went died in 2017, the paper […]

Posted on: Jun 3, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Australian Newspaper Accused of Continuing Racist Cartoon Tradition

Twitter suspends Counterpoint momentarily

No Counterpoint over at Twitter. Also no explanation. The comics group was suspended, apparently for violating “the Twitter Rules.” Which you can read here, but which won’t explain what happened. UPDATE: The account has been restored but, as of 7 pm EST, now has only 96 followers. It had previously had some 10,000. Go give’em some […]

Posted on: May 28, 2020,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

‘Close to Home’ Cancelled in Canada – updated

Cartoonist John McPherson’s Close to Home comic panel was cancelled by Postmedia newspapers after running a cartoon deemed offensive: Postmedia, owners of the National Post and dozens of papers across Canada, has cancelled a syndicated cartoon after an “offensive” post was published that depicted the Lone Ranger and Tonto in a bar. “Last Friday, an […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 4 Comments

Newspaper Apologises for Transphobic Cartoon

The Morning Star, a British daily, apologized Sunday for a cartoon it ran Tuesday: The Morning Star apologises unreservedly for the publication last Tuesday of a cartoon which was offensive to trans people. The cartoon had not been authorised for publication and its appearance in the print edition represents a failure to follow our own […]

Posted on: Feb 23, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Newspaper Apologises for Transphobic Cartoon