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CSotD: ‘Dare to be stupid’ was a joke, folks

When I gave the advice “Dare to be stupid!” what I meant was that silly jokes are fun. I wasn’t advising deliberate stupidity in the political realm, which is disloyal. There is spin, and Adam Zyglis mocks the spin of those who don’t mind running up a deficit for a wall, but who can’t see […]

Posted on: Feb 21, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: New Beginnings and the S.O.S.

(Rip Kirby) (Big Ben Bolt) Call this the “Juxtaposition of Nagging.” Over in the Vintage section at Comics Kingdom, Rip Kirby is just starting a new adventure, while Ben Bolt is at the climax of another. Offering these classic strips to those who pony up $20 a year to subscribe is better than a tote […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: On the Nature of Reality

We start with a mere fragment of an Existential Comics episode, the rest of which is hilarious, in which a procession of philosophers question Aladdin’s “princeness” and, hence, the genie’s honesty and/or competence. This cartoon pits my hatred of plot holes against my hatred of metaphysics, which makes for an interesting cage match. The traditional […]

Posted on: Feb 19, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: A variety of projects

“Heart of the City” sparks memories not of ceramics class but of shop, since our first project in seventh grade was an aluminum ashtray. We had to cut a round piece of metal, hammer it on a mold so it became a dish with about a half-inch rim, then add the grooves (“rests”) around the […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Violence, Women, and Editorial Cartooning

  In a weekend roundup of editorial cartoonists I linked to an article about Halifax political cartoonist Michael de Adder catching grief about a recent cartoon. The reaction to the cartoon was immediate and strong: …what had people most upset was the depiction of Wilson-Raybould tied and gagged — with some saying it draws an […]

Posted on: Feb 17, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: What’s a 3-Day Weekend Without Homework?

Arlo resurrects an artifact of the 60s that, yes, I once owned, and Janis is fully justified in her frustration, because what the thing does is to cut down the size of the target by about two-thirds. Wadding up a piece of paper required getting it small enough to pass through the hoop, which meant […]

Posted on: Feb 17, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

It’s Not All Doom for Political Cartoonists

  Heeeee’s Back! Mike Marland, who spent part of 2017 with InDepthNH, the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism, has returned to that watchdog group as a regular contributor.     The State of the Art The header of this post comes from Rod Emmerson‘s essay on the state of editorial cartooning. So here […]

Posted on: Feb 16, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Eemergginsy! Everyboddy to get from strit!

An embarrassment of riches today, but Jeff Stahler gets to lead off with this calm summation of things.   I also liked Clay Bennett‘s piece, and the pair could have run as a Juxtaposition, except today’s blog is all a Juxtaposition. I like this piece because it suggests the criminality of turning in a false […]

Posted on: Feb 16, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: No knife could cut our hearts in two

Ann Telnaes leads off on a day that will be a combination of political commentary and Valentine’s Day cartooning with her own combination of political commentary and Valentine’s Day cartooning. I saw another of those videos the other day where some schmuck proposes to his GF on the Jumbotron at a crowded sports event, and, […]

Posted on: Feb 14, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Juxtapositions of Despair

This will be a day of juxtapositions, so let’s start with a string of non-political thematic coincidences: (Red and Rover) (Pooch Cafe) (Argyle Sweater) (Frazz) I’m not claiming any great significance for these, but the convergence amused me and, if you agree with me and with Frazz about the dubious attempt to connect “esoteric” and […]

Posted on: Feb 13, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

More Reader Reactions to Contrary Cartoonists

  Point: While I have long thought “Mallard Fillmore” to be not funny and in poor taste, the Feb. 2 strip surpasses all previous ones: “Not ‘Congresspersons.’ It’s ‘Persons of Congress.’” Besides the fact that I have never heard of the new term for our representatives, it would be abbreviated POC, which is a term […]

Posted on: Feb 13, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Happy Honest Abe Day

Clay Bennett has a refreshingly neutral commentary on the number of Democratic candidates lining up for the 2020 Presidential race. It’s a lot of lanes, but at least the groundskeeper is keeping them even, which is more than I’m seeing elsewhere, in both cartoons and social media commentary. Someone was trashing Kristen Gillibrand on Twitter, […]

Posted on: Feb 12, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Newspapers Are Dropping Non Sequitur Over Trump Transgression – (continually) updated

  The Butler Eagle dropping Non Sequitur over the F… Yourself Trump hidden message in the Sunday February 10 comics sections was only the tip of a growing iceberg. Other newspapers are also banishing the Wiley Miller’s comic. Among the papers ending their association with Non Sequitur are:   The aforementioned Butler Eagle “We apologize […]

Posted on: Feb 11, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 25 Comments

Non Sequitur Vulgar Message to Trump Costs Wiley Paper(s) – update: Cartoonist & Syndicate Respond

From the Butler Eagle: “A reader brought to our attention that one of the syndicated comic strips which appears in the Sunday Butler Eagle may contain a hidden message which was apparently placed there by someone in the creative department of the creator of the comic strip or the syndication which controls it,” said Ron […]

Posted on: Feb 10, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Ann Telnaes: Voice of America

“Personally, I don’t think there should be a line.” Because who is going to decide what should or shouldn’t? Voice of America highlights editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes in a 2½ minute video.            

Posted on: Feb 10, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment