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CSotD: Jumpers

Ed Hall delights me with a combination of political insight and zoological accuracy. The concept of lemmings leaping off the cliff in mass suicides is so deeply embedded in our consciousness that, for political cartoonists, it’s as basic an element as very small, sandy desert islands with one palm tree are for comic strippers. It’s […]

Posted on: Jun 28, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Cartoonist and Newspaper Publisher Defend Political Cartoon Against Reader Backlash

The weekly Islander News, on June 18, 2020, got some negative feedback over a political cartoon they had published on June 11, 2020:   In the same edition as those letters to the editor The Islander News Publisher, Tom Clifford, defended the newspaper publishing the cartoon and the cartoonist’s position: Then the June 25, 2020 […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Nothing More Than Feelings

Let’s start by letting Mike Thompson answer the question we’ll be asking. A major reason we have a man with a sociopathic lack of empathy in the White House is that we have a substantial number of people in our country with an equally pathological inability to see inside the lives of others. It’s not […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments

CSotD: Incurable Grump Edition

First, some good news: At a time when political cartoonists are under increasing pressure to toe the company line, the new website at the Buffalo News announces that Adam Zyglis is under no such restraint: At least, I’m going to assume that’s what it means. (That would be Adam “One Shed” Zyglis, not to be […]

Posted on: Jun 26, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Kidstuff and Other Unforgotten Dreams

We start with the grownups and this Kevin Necessary cartoon, which reminds me of the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment where they put a little kid alone in a room with a marshmallow in front of him on the promise that, if it was still there when the adult returned, the kid would get two marshmallows. In a […]

Posted on: Jun 25, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Ralph Dunagin – RIP

Editorial and comic strip cartoonist Ralph Dunagin has passed away. Raymond Ralph Dunagin, Jr.June 19, 1937 – June 24, 2020 newspaper illustrator, art director, cartoonist From the Orlando Sentinel notice: Ralph Dunagin, an editorial cartoonist for the Sentinel and its predecessor, the Orlando Evening Star, from 1961 to 2001, died Wednesday. He was 83. Meeting […]

Posted on: Jun 24, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Let Us Not Praise Famous Men

I suppose that, in a circular argument, it doesn’t much matter where you start, but let’s jump into today’s discussion with this Jeff Stahler piece, which asks an important question. People keep saying, well, we’ll take them off the street and put them in a museum. Without answering the question, “A museum of what??” Most […]

Posted on: Jun 24, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

What’s Lost If Political Cartoons Are Sacrificed?

[W]hat is lost when political cartoons are sacrificed completely to avoid conflict? To be sure, these are challenging times for the publications. Cartoonists and other journalists contacted by The Washington Post paint the picture: Smaller papers generally have thinner staffs and fewer resources, which means they rely largely on relatively inexpensive syndicated cartoons, which are […]

Posted on: Jun 23, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Tuesday Titterings

I’m not in the mood for politics today, and, fortunately, some strip artists put up fine work, which works out nicely and so Friday Funnies come on a Tuesday this week.   But, before that, politics are pretty funny at the moment, too, and Matt Wuerker‘s commentary on John Bolton’s book provides a moment to […]

Posted on: Jun 23, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Speaking out against the madness

Michael Ramirez offers a challenging commentary on the toppling of statues, and, normally, I wouldn’t feature a cartoon with specific, glaring errors, but this one is worth addressing. The Buddhas were not historic but religious statues, while the destruction of Nimrud was also based on religious differences: Extremist Islamists wanting to wipe out not just […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 13 Comments

CSotD: 24 Hours from Tulsa

Who’s zooming who? There are two parts to this thing that happened, or didn’t, last night. The first is that Zoomers pranked the Diaper Don into thinking he had a million requests for tickets for his Tulsa rally, most of which actually came from people with no intention of attending his party. Best part is […]

Posted on: Jun 21, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

CSotD: The No-Masks of the Red Death

Cartooning from across the ocean, Irish Times wag Martyn Turner sets the stage for today’s posting and tonight’s rally. The inverted red triangles — signs of neo-Nazi sympathy that recently got some Trump Facebook postings banned — are a nice touch. The T-shirt reading “White Lives Matter Most” is also relevant, particularly in light of […]

Posted on: Jun 20, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: The Dangling Conversation

I woke up this morning and discovered that the new horror on social media was that, while small-business owners were describing their experiences during the lockdown, Dear Leader was goofing on his phone and paying no attention. Which you can see here but is it really that much of a shock? Granted we didn’t have […]

Posted on: Jun 19, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Default is our own

I’m kind of sorry I used up Stephen Dedalus’s line from “Ulysses,” “History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake” in a headline a few weeks ago, because here’s Matt Wuerker painting Uncle Sam as a reluctant dreamer awakening to a new reality. Then again, Joyce seems to have been above the […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 11 Comments

Diving Into Mark Fiore’s Brain

Where do you get your ideas?How does the idea become a cartoon? It often begins with a headline or a quote from a news story — like recently, when a protester said that marching for human rights is “just as essential as going to the grocery store.” That quote became the spark for one of […]

Posted on: Jun 17, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Diving Into Mark Fiore’s Brain