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CSotD: Everything You Know is Wrong

Cathy Wilcox sets the stage today, and, while in Australia this generally means soft-pedaling the treatment of aboriginal people, painting rosy pictures of a less-than-splendid past is a hot trend throughout the world, and certainly here. I clicked on a Facebook ad offering free curricula to help young people learn to identify fake news. It […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Six impossible things before breakfast

Matt Wuerker (Politico) suggests that we’re so screwed up that the Taliban don’t have to attack us: They can just watch us attack each other. Which theory gains depth if you believe that the Taliban has some interest in attacking us in the first place, which — despite that fellow putting bombs in shoes — […]

Posted on: Sep 13, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Texas: Pro-Choice Cartoons v. Pro-Life Cartoons

Dick Wright/Columbus Dispatch (2000) Michael Cavna, at the Washington Post, asked some cartoonists about the recently passed TX Senate Bill 8 in an article titled “How cartoonists are taking on the Texas abortion bill.” I have included some cartoons not included in Michael’s overview, weighing this representation pro-life as the WaPo article was heavier on […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: 09/11/01 plus 20

On the 20th Anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, Steve Breen (Creators) demonstrates that less is more. I’m surprised more cartoonists didn’t feel compelled to mark the day, but perhaps they realized how little they had to add to the conversation. It was hardly a banner day for the art form then, and the proportion […]

Posted on: Sep 11, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Sam Nakahira – 2021 John Locher Award Winner

Congratulations to the winner of the 2021 AAEC John Locher Memorial Award, Sam Nakahira! The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has announced the Winner Sam Nakahira, the Runner-Up Katie Vuong, and Finalists Reilly Branson, Tom Coute, and Izzy Boyce-Blanchard for the 2021 John Locher Memorial Award. Sam Nakahira is a Japanese American comic artist. Her comics […]

Posted on: Sep 11, 2021,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Awards, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Comments: Comments Off on Sam Nakahira – 2021 John Locher Award Winner

CSotD: Futility

Constant Readers may have noted that I’m currently frustrated and have been avoiding political cartoons for a few days. David Cohen offers something of an explanation. The “Heh Heh” is the best part, because not only has the Reasonable Man been wasting his time, but his inability to get through makes the wall feel victorious. […]

Posted on: Sep 10, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Gag Cartoons and Diversity

Of the many challenges cartoonists face — rejection, money, drink, or lack of — one of the trickiest is the growing pressure to depict diversity. Nowadays readers often write to publications complaining about the dearth of ethnic minorities in our drawings and demand for cartoons to be more inclusive. Attempts to make cartoon characters more […]

Posted on: Sep 9, 2021,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Comic strips, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Gag Cartoons and Diversity

Cancel Culture, Death Threats, and Editooning

Last week The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) held their 2021 convention and among the panels was one devoted to editorial cartooning. Four of America’s top political cartoonists gathered in a virtual room during the 2021 Society of Professional Journalists online conference. The topic? The perils of working in visual satire in the age of […]

Posted on: Sep 8, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, webinar, Comments: Comments Off on Cancel Culture, Death Threats, and Editooning

CSotD: The Holiday With No Meaning

Daddy’s Home (Creators) puts me in mind of “The Archie Bunker Rule” that I had in our household when the boys were in junior and senior high. The rule stated that “Nobody who would not be welcome through the door is welcome through the television.” I realize I hold a (heh) minority opinion by feeling […]

Posted on: Sep 6, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Prickly City Comic Strip Should Be Framed and Installed in Every Elected Official’s Office

A Letter to the Editor of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: On Aug. 31, as I usually do, I opened the newspaper, paged through the news section, read the editorials, the op-ed columns and the letters to the editor. Then I turned to the comics. In the comic strip “Prickly City” by Scott Stantis, the character […]

Posted on: Sep 5, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Prickly City Comic Strip Should Be Framed and Installed in Every Elected Official’s Office

Bob Kain – RIP

Cartoonist and illustrator Bob Kain has passed away.   Robert (Bob) Kain August 12, 1932 – August 31, 2021   From the obituary: His great love of cartooning took him to study at The Ontario College of Art, and then to New York City to attend The School of Visual Arts. For 35 years he […]

Posted on: Sep 4, 2021,  Section: Animation, Children's Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Gaslit Nation

If you’ve never seen the 1944 classic “Gaslight,” it’s worth the $3.99 at Amazon Prime, if only for the cast. But watching it will also help you understand why people keep throwing the term around in political terms today. In the movie, Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer) marries Paula Alquest (Ingrid Bergman) and then attempts to […]

Posted on: Sep 4, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 12 Comments

Appreciations: Harrop, Wolverton, Kirchner

© The Vancouver Sun Graham Harrop looks as whimsical as you might expect from a cartoonist known for aiming at the funny bone. He seems to have a perpetual wry smile, like he’s hard-wired to see the absurdity of life. On his head, white hair tumbles over his forehead and ears. That he has so […]

Posted on: Sep 3, 2021,  Section: Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic Chronicles – Past Tents

   MAD and MAD images © EC Publications You may not immediately recognize the name John Caldwell of Ballston Lake. But if you’ve ever read MAD Magazine, National Lampoon, the Harvard Business Review, or a host of other magazines, or if you’ve ever sent a Recycled Paper greeting card or perused a collection of one […]

Posted on: Sep 2, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Bad Vibe Nation

Scrolling through the Intertubes has, as Joy of Tech points out, become a most unpleasant activity, and yet one to which we seem to have become addicted. One of the elements of that addiction is denial, the “I can quit any time I want to” common to addicts and those alcoholics who have only a […]

Posted on: Sep 2, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments