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CSotD: Back to Basics

I don’t know if Paul Berge considers this a cartoon or if he just posted it on his page to amuse himself and his regulars. Machs nix. When I used to do a presentation to high school students about political cartooning, I began by noting that they’ve usually got some wiseass who passes rude things […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: The Inappropriate-shuns Committee

John Branch starts us off with a political laugh. Trump’s standard defense is “I don’t know the guy,” which means that, if you rob a bank, the police should only interview witnesses you’ve had lunch with. I know politicians who pride themselves on the number of people they know, and even cheat the number up. […]

Posted on: Nov 20, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: And another thing …

  So, yesterday, I commented on Clay Jones posting a boatload of sketches because political cartooning has become such a target-rich environment, and this was only a few days after I posted the first of several Ann Telnaes sketches from the impeachment hearings, and commented that they were as good as some people’s finished cartoons. […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Mike Lane 1949 – 2019

Editorial cartoonist Mike Lane has passed away. Mike Lane was a Baltimore Sun editorial cartoonist from 1972 – 2004.   Mike was an early contributor to Cagle Cartoons from 2001 – 2009.   Mike’s cartoons were timely, and they reflected the gifts in his hand, his heart and his brain — his artistic talent, his […]

Posted on: Nov 18, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: What’s New?

Mo is content to put up her feet and gobble popcorn (go read the whole thing here), but her creator and other political cartoonists need to focus because things are beginning to speed up.   Of course, some cartoonists habitually work hard and file often, and Clay Jones has posted a dozen-and-a-half sketches of things […]

Posted on: Nov 18, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Gary Varvel: “I’ve adapted”

Like many editorial cartoonists these days Gary Varvel is no longer a salaried employee of a newspaper. But he still draws four cartoons a week that are syndicated around the nation by Creators Syndicate, and contributes local opinions to the Indianapolis Business Journal. But cartoonists have to do more: “You know, what I’ve found is […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Giving Thanks for Comics

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for November 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Mac Raboy: Master of the Comics   The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918   Tales From the Trumpster Fire: […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Providence Journal Will Run Sunday Doonesbury, Here’s Why

Providence Journal Executive Editor Alan Rosenberg felt the need to explain why the newspaper will be running G. B. Trudeau‘s November 17, 2019 Sunday Doonesbury comic strip. Says Rosenberg: I winced when I first read today’s “Doonesbury.” It’s a particularly tough strip, assailing Donald Trump’s children as well as the president’s stand on immigration, in […]

Posted on: Nov 16, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: As The World Turns

Ann Telnaes continues to draw the committee as it works and her array provides a nice precis of the day’s events, which is handy for viewers and ought to be intimidating for other cartoonists, since, while a lot of cartoonists can put out multiple sketches of an event, her half-dozen are each about one step […]

Posted on: Nov 16, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Hearing Test

Ann Telnaes shows off her caricature chops with a portfolio of views from the hearings, and, while not overtly analyzing the proceedings, manages to both capture the moment and slip the knife between the ribs here and there. The hearings brought me back to Watergate days, because while there were a few times you were […]

Posted on: Nov 14, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

CSotD: Weeping in the Hall of the Phaeacians

Sousa and Machado set the scene today, as I try to reconcile history remembered with history in the making. History itself is a slippery thing, and Stephen Dedalus never quite explained his aphorism about history being a nightmare from which he was trying to awake, but, then again, he lived in Ireland, of which Chesterson […]

Posted on: Nov 13, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

More Cartoon Controversy in Coeur d’Alene

Earlier this year a Daniel Brannan cartoon caused a bit of a fuss. Well, Daniel is not one to let the dust settle. From the Coeur d’Alene Press at the beginning of this month: Bigoted postcards arrived in Coeur d’Alene mailboxes Thursday, prompting outrage and solidarity from community leaders and candidates. The postcard, postmarked with […]

Posted on: Nov 12, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Politics, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Redirecting the loyalty, reframing the trust

Clay Bennett plows no new ground with this piece and, as is often the case with his work, you have to sort through how much you like the art versus how much you like the message, because, aside from the caricature, check out the desk itself, the coloring, etc. But if he’d drawn it with […]

Posted on: Nov 12, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Centenarian Veteran and Cartoonist Honored

Ernie Poignant was born a few months after the end of World War 1, which made him of age to serve in World War 2. Today, a few months shy of his 101st birthday, Ernie was a guest of honor at Remembrance Day ceremonies. A legendary cartoonist and Second World War veteran came back to […]

Posted on: Nov 11, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoonist, Cartoons, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: The Homogenization of America

Amid all the cartoons of kids-saluting-ghosts and variations on Iwo Jima, Paul Fell drops an observation which is less cynical than simply realistic. You could write a book called “Whatever Happened To Veteran’s Day?” as part of a series, or bundle it all into a single book called “The Homogenization of America.” I don’t have […]

Posted on: Nov 11, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments