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CSotD: Friday Funnies (Sort of)

There’s not a lot going on over on the editorial side. Statues of Liberty being knelt upon, but not much new insight. But politics have leaked over onto the funny pages, so we’ll look there. First: Will no one rid me of this troublesome website? This Nick Anderson cartoon was taken down at the Red […]

Posted on: May 29, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

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

CSotD: Protecting “our” right not to know

I’m giving JD Crowe top billing because less is more and he kept it plain, but managed to sweep in what happened and why it matters. He didn’t swap in the Statue of Liberty or the Statue of Justice or otherwise adorn a scene that speaks for itself, nor did he ask an obvious rhetorical […]

Posted on: May 28, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Humpday Hilarity

Editor’s Note: I’m going to begin floating what has been the “Friday Funnies,” which this week falls on Wednesday. I’d like to schedule two set installments a week, but given a seven-day week, it’s impossible to get more than two days separation on both ends and the locker doesn’t always refill that quickly. So you’ll […]

Posted on: May 27, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Teeing Off on Trump

This began slowly and so I didn’t take notes and then it went nuts and, well, the best I can do is show you where it seems to be now. As far as I know, it began with this Michael de Adder cartoon … … and the New York Times’ decision to run a full […]

Posted on: May 26, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 17 Comments

Sandy Huffaker – RIP

Illustrator and editorial cartoonist Sandy Huffaker has passed away. Calvin Sanford (Sandy) Huffaker, Sr. September 23, 1943 – May 23, 2020 From the obituary: Huffaker was a highly acclaimed political cartoonist who started his career with The Birmingham News and the Raleigh News and Observer. He later moved to New York City and illustrated covers […]

Posted on: May 25, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Caricature, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Memorials in a time of death

It seems odd to open up the discussion by sending you somewhere else, but the Association of Canadian Cartoonists has put up a gallery of Covid-19 commentary that is well worth your time and attention. This one, by the Montreal Gazette’s Boris (Jacques Goldstyn) seems particularly apt, using a very wise caption to comment upon […]

Posted on: May 25, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

CSotD: Playing with the Truth

And so it begins. Ed Hall is no Trump fan, but he joined other cartoonists in piling on Joe Biden for telling a joke in a limited forum that didn’t play well with a broader audience. In posting this on his Twitter account, Hall said “I’ll take shit for this cartoon but I really don’t […]

Posted on: May 24, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 14 Comments

Dr. Seuss: A Cat of Many Hats

Before and after titles like The Cat in the Hat hit the shelves, Dr. Seuss himself tried on many different hats. Believing that “you can steer yourself any direction you choose,” he explored—and excelled at—a number of possible creative paths. From an early editing gig to an honorary doctorate, these different “hats” helped shape a […]

Posted on: May 23, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Dear Leader Goes Postal

(Bill Bramhall) (Matt Wuerker) We start today with a Juxtaposition in which Bill Bramhall explains the issue and Matt Wuerker provides an example. It’s hard to believe there was once a time when, at each party’s national convention, the platform committee would craft the platform and then — then — the party would nominate someone […]

Posted on: May 23, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Random Delights

This Ben Jennings piece on Britain’s plan to re-open elementary schools takes a second and then, once you see it, becomes brilliant. Of course, it’s not just the teacher whom that shadow pursues, but she, as symbol of the schools, will take the brunt of what happens next, including sending all those innocent little ones […]

Posted on: May 21, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Daryl Cagle Writes To His Congressman

Congressman Salud CarbajalDistrict OfficeSanta Barbara, CA Dear Congressman Carbajal, … I run a constituent small business in Montecito, Cagle Cartoons, Inc., that syndicates editorial cartoons and columnists. About half of America’s daily, paid-circulation newspapers subscribe to our service that you can see at CagleCartoons.com. Journalism has been in decline for years, but the newspaper industry […]

Posted on: May 20, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 0 Comments

Jim Borgman, Class of ’76

Zits cartoonist Jim Borgman relives the past. “I really do believe that Kenyon gave [me] a curiosity about the world, a sort of devil’s advocate voice, challenging assumptions,” he said. “I don’t know how they did it, but I really do think my teachers did that for me. It served me not only as a […]

Posted on: May 20, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: The Very Model of a Trump Inspector General

I keep Michael Ramirez on my list of cartoonists to read because, while we often disagree on politics, we sometimes don’t, and, as a true conservative, he’s on the side of the angels with this commentary on Trump’s serial firing of inspectors general. Okay, we disagree on how to form the plural, but machs nix: […]

Posted on: May 20, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Phil Hands on Gannett Furlough; Bruce Plante Too?

Phil Hands and the Wisconsin State Journal have announced that Phil is on furlough this week. From the Wisconsin State Journal: Phil Hands will be on furlough this week, but you can get caught up with his recent editorial cartoons in this gallery. From Phil’s Twitter feed: I’m taking a week of furlough and won’t […]

Posted on: May 18, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment