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Mark Fiore: Chevron claims they were ‘injured’ by cartoon

Mark Fiore writes: I’m hearing this morning that Chevron filed court documents saying they were “injured” by this cartoon I did in conjunction with Amazon Watch. (I’ll post more info as soon as I get the court docs or other documentation.) Watch the cartoon for the more entertaining version, but the nutshell version is this: […]

Posted on: Feb 5, 2014,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Cartoonists, illustrators protest SodaStream sponsorship of Angouleme comic festival

And speaking of the Angoulême comic festival, over 70 artists and illustrators have joined to protest one of the festival’s sponsors, SodaStream. SodaStream is a maker of a home carbonation product that makes soda, but the artists object to its “factory built in Israeli illegally occupied land in Maale Adumim” and alleged exploitation of Palestinian […]

Posted on: Feb 3, 2014,  Section: Controversies, Gatherings, Comments: 10 Comments

Benson casts GOP in same vein as Ohio kidnappers; Conservatives not amused

Tim Cavanaugh, of The Daily Caller gives a good summary of the controversy surrounding a recent Steve Benson that casts the GOP in the same light as the Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro. The cartoon (above) depicts the GOP has holding three women hostage. Each of the women are labeled “No Abortion Rights,” “No Reproductive Coverage” […]

Posted on: May 15, 2013,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Disney sexualized Merida character

Pixar’s Merida character from the feature film Brave is officially a Disney Princess, but that created a controversy when Disney debuted a 2D image of the new princess. The Disney princess makeover removed the bow and arrow, tamed her hair and slimmed her figure. She also sports a “come hither” look according to Brenda Chapman, […]

Posted on: May 14, 2013,  Section: Animation, Controversies, Comments: 10 Comments

Palestinian cartoonist sentenced to 5 months in Israeli jail

The Palestinian cartoonist Muhammad Sabanah, who was detailed by the Israelis in February as he crossed to the West Bank, has finally been sentenced. He was charged with contacting “enemy entities” according to his attorney. He was sentenced to five months in jail and ordered him to pay a 10,000 shekel ($2,755) fine. From FARS […]

Posted on: Apr 9, 2013,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Palestinian cartoonist sentenced to 5 months in Israeli jail

CBR features 8 female artists during Women’s History Month

Comic Book Resources used Women’s History Month to highlight female creators in the industry. Creators included: Becky Cloonan, Danielle Corsetto, Joyce Farmer, Marjorie Liu, Ann Nocenti, Trina Robbins, Louise Simonson, and Noelle Stevenson. It’s an interesting series wherein the artists talk about gender roles in comics, gender gaps, and abortion, anger and Underground Comix.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2013,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: Comments Off on CBR features 8 female artists during Women’s History Month

AZ student cartoonist fired for derogatory LGBT cartoon

D.C. Parsons, a student cartoonist at The Daily Wildcat, has been fired and the student paper is apologizing after running a cartoon (during LGBT History Month) that depicts a father and son laughing at a derogatory joke. The cartoon depicts a father telling his son that if he ever comes out of the closet that […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2012,  Section: College cartoonists, Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 9 Comments

University of Montana cartoon draws fire

Callan Berry, a student at the University of Montana, is “drawing fire” according to a report by the local NBC station. The cartoon points out the irony of mandatory sexual assault prevention classes required of all students. Callen says: “I’m a satirical artist. My point was to satirize the feeling on campus towards PETSA… which […]

Posted on: Oct 3, 2012,  Section: College cartoonists, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Louisiana teacher dismissed over anti-Obama cartoon

Robert Duncan, a Jr. High teacher, was dismissed earlier this month after six months of paid administrative leave after a parent took cell phone photos of two disturbing posters. One of the posters was a cartoon depicting Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and a caricature of Mitt Romney standing next to a poster stating “Obama Season” […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2012,  Section: Controversies, Comments: 10 Comments

Crumb explains why he canceled trip to Australia

Robert Crumb was the headlining artist at the Australian Graphic arts festival in Sydney, but cancelled after a newspaper ran a headline that read, “Cult genius or filthy weirdo” and quoted anti-child abuse campaigner Hetty Johnsto who raised questions about the appropriateness of Crumb’s attendance. In an open letter published in the Sydney Morning Herald, […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2011,  Section: Controversies, Comments: 3 Comments

Village Voice agrees to pay cartoonists

The hubbub over last week’s revelation that The Village Voice asked its cartoonists to provide cartoons for “exposure” and not pay all the while running a color story on “If Cartoons Are So Big, Why Don’t They Pay?” has caused the paper’s editor to issue as statement saying that they will now pay the contributing […]

Posted on: Apr 11, 2011,  Section: Controversies, Comments: 7 Comments

Rare golden age art added to new Jerry Robinson website

From the press release: Classic works by Jerry Robinson of Batman, Robin and a rogues gallery of villains, including Robinson’s creation, the Joker, can be seen on In the coming days more art by Robinson and other legendary artists will be added. The new web site covers Jerry’s career of over 70 years ? […]

Posted on: Mar 7, 2011,  Section: Comic Books, Controversies, Comments: 2 Comments

Bill O’Reilly e-mail bombs Mike Thompson

Last Sunday’s editorial cartoon by Mike Thompson stirred the ire of Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly. Mike’s cartoon was in response to NPR firing long-time analyst Juan Williams for comments he made on the Fox Network about fearing Muslims. The cartoon depicted several Fox News personalities in various garb – O’Reilly in a “Obama=Hitler” shirt, […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2010,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 36 Comments

More college cartoon controversies

And yet another college campus cartoon controversy. This time at the University of Connecticut where two cartoons have been deemed offensive to women. The two cartoons were published on September 21st – one re-writing the “Sugar and Spice” poem to read, “Forget sugar and spice and everything nice. Try crabs, scabs and everything viral. That’s […]

Posted on: Oct 22, 2010,  Section: College cartoonists, Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 16 Comments

Teacher pleads guilty to animated porn

An Idaho middle school teacher has plead guilty to possession of animated child porn. The U.S. Attorney’s office said Steven Kutzner, 33, had downloaded more than 70 animated cartoon pornographic images on his computer. Many of them depicted child characters from The Simpsons. Kutzner was a former middle school teacher at Lake Hazel Middle School […]

Posted on: Oct 14, 2010,  Section: Animation, Controversies, Legal, Comments: 10 Comments