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CSotD: RGB Reality Check

Let Us Review Obituary cartoons are often cloying, unimaginative and sometimes foolishly off-target, but they are also a necessary way to help a cartoonist’s community mourn. Sometimes, however, they rise above, and Thomas Nast’s piece mourning the death of James Garfield is an example: The Statue of Liberty was so new as to not yet […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

Omaha World-Herald Drops Jeff Koterba

Editorial cartoonist Jeff Koterba has been laid off by The Omaha World-Herald.Jeff let us know today via his Twitter feed: It is with deep and profound sadness that I must tell you that today, after over 31 years of drawing daily cartoons for my beloved hometown newspaper, The Omaha-World-Herald, my job was eliminated due to […]

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

CSotD: Uncertainty and principles

Alex adds a caution to the cheerful notion of leaving the city to telecommute from rural splendor. Which isn’t happening. But, then again, is. That first article is based on the logic that just because people are looking at houses on realtor.com and Zillow, it doesn’t mean they’re actually bidding and buying and serious. The […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

CSotD: Dr. Johnson’s Defence

A lady once asked him how he came to define ‘pastern’, the knee of a horse: instead of making an elaborate defence, as might be expected, he at once answered, “Ignorance, Madam, pure ignorance.” — Boswell’s “Life of Samuel Johnson” Sometimes the best defense is no defense at all, but for an arrogant egotist like Johnson […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Chris Britt Cartoon Prompts Protest

A Chris Britt cartoon has angered a Blue Lives Matter group. A resident of Tacoma, Washington, Chris Britt is a firebrand editorial cartoonist who regularly lampoons President Donald Trump and others he doesn’t agree with. He’s merciless. He was only a little more tame when I hired him in the late 1980s to draw editorial […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Chris Britt Cartoon Prompts Protest

Right Wing, Russia Media Assail Fitzsimmons Toon

If you thought the pearl clutching over last month’s David Fitzsimmons cartoon being used in a classroom setting was over, not so. On Sunday, September 13, the New York Post reported: A Westchester County high-school teacher kicked off his first day of classes by handing out an image on the Black Lives Matter movement — […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Right Wing, Russia Media Assail Fitzsimmons Toon

CSotD: Fools and Grifters

A lot of stuff to catch up on today, but I can’t hold back on this Arlo & Janis lest they no longer be first. And if this blog weren’t dedicated to saluting good work, I’d start a counter to track the number of masked jack-o’-lantern cartoons to follow. But I won’t. Though it’s okay […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

CSotD: In praise of silly stuff

We’ll lead off with the National Cartoonists Society winners from yesterday’s virtual convention, which, by the way, was a really good idea. The more you can bring in fans, the more you motivate them to continue being fans. And, as DD Degg has noted, the whole shebang is perserved on YouTube and he’s posted the […]

Posted on: Sep 13, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 12 Comments

CSotD: Government without newspapers

  A lot of cartoonists are posting their original 9/11 cartoons this week. Here’s what I was doing then. It was the start of the school year, which put a real burden on teachers, since they didn’t really know their kids yet and suddenly had to guide them through this horrific event. Fortunately, in a […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Pultizer Cartoon Expanded Into Graphic Novel

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winner for editorial cartooning, Welcome to the New World by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan, is now a graphic novel. The authors have expanded the original 20 part series into a 192 page graphic novel. When it came to illustrating the book, Michael approached his drawing style differently. The project “put me […]

Posted on: Sep 11, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: Comments Off on Pultizer Cartoon Expanded Into Graphic Novel

CSotD: TGIFF

But first, this … Having used Chip Bok‘s cartoon yesterday to illustrate conservatives who dismiss the revelations in the Atlantic because of (fairly standard) anonymous sources, it’s only fair to note that he posted this that morning. Fair enough, Chip. Now let’s dispense with politics and enjoy some Friday Funnies.   Granted, Candorville often riffs […]

Posted on: Sep 11, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Bearing Witness

Topics for cartoons are beginning to come out of Washington like the firehose of which Dan Perkins warned, and Chip Bok is only one of several conservatives who dismissed reports that Dear Leader had referred to veterans as “losers and suckers” because the sources had requested anonymity. If they were telling the truth, they’d have […]

Posted on: Sep 10, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments

CSotD: Fathers to the Men

We’ll start with John Cole‘s cartoon and a bit of my own gossip, which in this case I define as anecdotal observations that may or may not reflect a wider truth. I worked the Primary yesterday from 7 am to noon, and we didn’t have anyone come in who had voted by absentee ballot and […]

Posted on: Sep 9, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Robert Arial’s “Lowcountry” Comic Strip Debuts

The Charleston City Paper is introducing its readers to a new comic strip. Longtime South Carolina editorial cartoonist Robert Ariail will now contribute a comic strip to the alternative weekly. Nationally syndicated cartoonist Robert Ariail will begin appear in the City Paper this week with a new cartoon series he’s calling, “Lowcountry.” Ariail, who lives […]

Posted on: Sep 9, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: They’re not reruns if you’ve never seen them

At the early morning hour I should have been blogging today, I was preparing to go work the polls at the New Hampshire Primaries. Fortunately, I am, in fact, the fellow in this vintage xkcd, and have an extensive collection of funny pictures on my hard drive. While they won’t serve as alternative currency — […]

Posted on: Sep 8, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments