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CSotD: Sunday Combo Package

Some serious thoughts, some purely silly ones, but starting with a good insight by John Cole into the impact of the shutdown. There have been several cartoons commenting on the fact that our National Parks are unable to service their trash cans and washrooms, and I’m certainly not going to dismiss that. But I don’t […]

Posted on: Jan 6, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Liberalest Cartoonist This Side o’ the Pecos

  Texas is the second largest state in terms of area and population, yet there are no Texas newspapers with staff editorial cartoonists. That is not to say there aren’t cartoonists plying their trade in the Lone Star State. Between El Paso and San Antonio and nearly a hundred miles south of the Pecos River, […]

Posted on: Jan 5, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Satire Is What Closes On Saturday

Matt Davies celebrates one of the most hilarious misfires in a very long time, the attempt of conservative trolls to shame Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes by posting a musical video she’d made in college which was so wonderful and winning that I’m not even going to dig up a link because I’m sure you’ve seen it. The […]

Posted on: Jan 5, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Too Much Success?

Creating good Trump cartoons is so hard it’s not even funny. The ironic thing is, drawing him is easy. The pursed lips, the puff of golden hair, the iconic hand gestures – they beckon the pencil. A cartoonist might chortle to himself, This is going to be huge! HUGE! We’re going to draw tremendous cartoons. […]

Posted on: Jan 4, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Too Much Success?

Cartooning Awards with January Deadlines

  Here are just SOME of the cartooning awards and details on submissions and deadlines. After easy holiday days it is time to get frantic if planning to enter some of these.   The Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship DEADLINE: ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JANUARY 7, 2019 Only days left to enter this scholarship given […]

Posted on: Jan 3, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Awards, Cartooning, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: Comments Off on Cartooning Awards with January Deadlines

CSotD: Potpourri

I’ll get to politics in a minute, but I’m a little burned out on the topic, so let’s start with some less fraught things, such as fish breath. I’ve never had a sardine omelette, but Wallace the Brave brought back a memory of kippered herring, which my mother liked and which, alongside some scrambled eggs […]

Posted on: Jan 3, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Gary Varvel Takes Indy Star/Gannett Buyout

  From the Indianapolis Star farewell column by Gary Varvel: After 24 years as IndyStar’s cartoonist, I’ve drawn nearly 8,000 cartoons, including those of Bill Clinton’s boxers, George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s ears and Donald Trump’s hair. Today’s will be my last. I have chosen to take Gannett’s early retirement offer. Though Gary will no […]

Posted on: Jan 2, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: The Right Tools For The Job

I wasn’t going to post any more New Year’s Babies, but Tom Richmond, who, IMHO, is in a photo-finish with Kal Kallaugher for the title of best caricaturist in the business, offers this one and I just can’t resist. There are many reasons to be optimistic about the coming year, most of them having to do […]

Posted on: Jan 2, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Still More 2018 Editorial Cartoons in Review

  The fourth and final collection of The Best Editorial Cartoons of 2018. The previous first, second, and third collections, if you missed them.     At Legal Insurrection you can vote for your favorite A. F. Branco cartoon.       Walt Handelsman of the New Orleans Advocate goes on WWL-TV to discuss his […]

Posted on: Jan 1, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Everything Old Is New Again

Happy New Year, 1915, from this little feller.  Since New Year’s cartoons are interchangeable, I thought instead I’d dip into my files of favorites from before I launched this venture nine years ago.   So let’s start with my first posting in rec.arts.comics.strips, nearly 20 years ago, which didn’t keep my numbskull boss from selling […]

Posted on: Jan 1, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments

CSotD: NOW We’re “On The Eve”

Like Edison Lee, I’m a little dubious about this whole New Year’s Eve thing, though it’s probably because I’m more like Orville in that I’ve seen enough of them to be choosy. Then again, I’m old enough to realize that there probably isn’t a good year to live over again, since the years with the […]

Posted on: Dec 31, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Even More 2018 Editorial Cartoons in Review

  The Syracuse Post-Standard picks various cartoons and cartoonists to look back at 2018. Cartoons were drawn by Bill Bramhall, Chan Lowe, Dan Wasserman, Dana Summers, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands and Joel Pett of Tribune Content Agency; and Tim Campbell, Mike Lester, Signe Wilkinson, Lisa Benson, Nick Anderson, Clay Bennett, Jack […]

Posted on: Dec 31, 2018,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Even More 2018 Editorial Cartoons in Review

CSotD: On the Eve of the Eve

Macanudo, because why not? Also because, if you want to read something cosmic into it, it’s there. And if you don’t, it’s not. I don’t say that lightly. When I wrote about Leniers’ appearance at the combined CXC/AAEC convention this spring, I spoke about his puckish willingness to be silly one day and moderately profound […]

Posted on: Dec 30, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

More 2018 Editorial Cartoons in Review

  Part Two of the Best of the 2018 Editorial Cartoons. Part One is here.   Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer An introduction by Taylor Batten, Kevin’s editor.       John Cole’s North Carolina Policy Watch cartoons John Cole’s political cartoons on North Carolina topics appear weekly for NC Policy Watch. He is […]

Posted on: Dec 30, 2018,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on More 2018 Editorial Cartoons in Review

Year End Gleanings – Ed-Op Cartoon Division

  Taking the Cartoon Literally A reader is upset that an editorial cartoon took liberties with the pre-Nativity narrative. …the cartoonist completely twisted the biblical event of Joseph and Mary looking for a room in Bethlehem where Jesus would be born… He made them out to be unwelcome immigrants who should have been stopped by […]

Posted on: Dec 29, 2018,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Year End Gleanings – Ed-Op Cartoon Division