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CSotD: The Book Nook

Patrick Chappatte’s summary expulsion from the NYTimes’ International Edition drew a lot of attention last June. For those who missed it, some cloth-eared wretch selected an editorial cartoon that, while essentially just accusing Trump of following Israeli leader Netanyahu like a blind man being led by a dog, contained some dubious imagery that, if it […]

Posted on: Jan 19, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Marshall Ramsey, Drawing His Own Conclusions

Marshall Ramsey gets a nice two and a half minute segment on WJTV. Marshall Ramsey creates not only words but thoughts and ideas and opinions – mostly his – in our minds with the cartoons he creates. Some of the situations he draws are so obvious they fall right out of the sky – sort […]

Posted on: Jan 18, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: I slalomly swear

I’m generally inclined to snicker derisively when a whole bunch of cartoonists go tearing off on the same topic, but this is different, mostly because (A) it matters a whole lot and (B) it’s not the usual dribs and drabs over a couple of weeks but a sudden rush of all-but-simultaneous commentary. And, BTW, it […]

Posted on: Jan 18, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Read Comics, Get Smarter

Language experts have been studying the act of reading comics and its effect on the brain, and they have arrived to the conclusion that reading comic books makes you smarter. Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for January 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic […]

Posted on: Jan 17, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Publications, Comments: 0 Comments

Ron Rogers – RIP

Editorial cartoonist Ron Rogers has passed away. Ronald L. (Ron) Rogers May 13, 1954 – January 7, 2020   Editorial cartoonist, newspaper illustrator, graphic artist and designer. From the Richmond Free Press notice: Ron Rogers, a longtime political cartoonist whose start began in 1980 for the former Richmond Afro-American and Planet, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, […]

Posted on: Jan 17, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

Robert Light – RIP

Editorial cartoonist Robert Light has passed away. Robert W. (Bob) Light [RWL] April 11, 1961 – October 18, 2019   From the Gibson Publishing obituary: Robert Light, famed Delta cartoonist, passed away on Oct. 18 after a long bout with an illness at 58. Light worked at the River News-Herald and Isleton Journal, the sister […]

Posted on: Jan 16, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Tug of War toys

The Democratic candidates have been so cautious not to slice and dice each other, and so numerous anyway, that the debates have been must-skip TV in which each candidate gets five seconds to say nothing. Then, the next day, the pundits dissect it and tell us what we would have noticed if we’d gone to […]

Posted on: Jan 16, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

150 Years Ago: Thomas Nast & Democrat Donkey

On January 15, 1870 Thomas Nast drew his first Democratic Donkey cartoon. The repeated use of the image by the Dean of American Editorial Cartooning insured that the symbol would become lasting. By the 1880s it was understood by all that The Donkey equaled The Democrats. The above cartoon is often called the first use […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Expanding the Rooney Rule Beyond Football

I really puzzled over where to start today, but settled on Tank McNamara not because of the gag itself, though it made me laugh: My own view is that the Cleveland Browns should put its owners in coaching positions, since they can’t seem to find a qualified coach they want to keep. But it’s the […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

The End of Editorial Cartooning’s Golden Age?

above: David Lowe “Their power comes from their emotional punch. It gets in under the reason and the rationality and it speaks to the heart,” she tells RN’s Big Ideas. “It helps people articulate something that they’ve been feeling but perhaps haven’t been able to say and certainly not as succinctly and powerfully. So, it’s […]

Posted on: Jan 14, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Bruce MacKinnon – Venting Via Editorial Cartoon

“Not everyone can vent the way an editorial cartoonist can.” Bruce MacKinnon portrayed Canada as an innocent victim of two Warmongers. The cartoon went viral and CBC Radio interviewed the cartoonist, who got on the topic of cartooning comedy versus tragedy.  

Posted on: Jan 14, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

When Paul Conrad Forgot the Caption

Among the Giants of Editorial Cartooning in the last half of the 20th Century and into the 21st was Paul Conrad of The Los Angeles Times. While Pat Oliphant, another giant of the times, would ridicule his subjects Paul would pound them. Conrad seldom went for a laugh, his cartoons brought the realization, and anger, […]

Posted on: Jan 14, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Oliphant: “Being a Cartoonist is a Great Privilege”

In 2018 the great editorial cartoonist Pat Oliphant donated a great deal of his papers to the University of Virginia. Last Fall the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library had sorted through enough of the material to set up a very good exhibit of the master cartoonist. Oliphant: Unpacking the Archive […]

Posted on: Jan 14, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Caricature, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Assess this, pal

Mr. Fitz came along this morning as the third part of an odd bit of synchronicity, which is a fancy word for “coincidence” that assumes the cosmos does these things on purpose. To deal with the cartoon first of all, this is, unfortunately, something that will ring true with good teachers and probably won’t be […]

Posted on: Jan 14, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

CSotD: All the Bluebonnets Fled Over The Border

I wouldn’t have brought up Harry and Meghan so prematurely the other day if I’d realized how much their decision to put their marriage ahead of parental expectations was going to explode into an international incident. I like Steve Sack‘s take because it tells the tale so simply, like finding out that Orr paddled all […]

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