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CSotD: The Rocky Road to Dublin

Harry Venning’s latest “Clare in the Community” forces us all to admit that we’d never heard the term either. And I’d suggest, based on the fairly common stuff my spellcheck misses, that her friend must have a damn good app on his phone. But there it is in my Shorter Oxford, with which you cannot […]

Posted on: Sep 5, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

CJR Looks at Editorial Cartooning Today

The fury cartoonists inspire is as old as the form. In many ways, the unmatched ability of cartoons to quickly and efficiently insult is ideally suited to our era of Donald Trump and outrage clicks—for better and for worse. “It’s immediate,” Eli Valley, a cartoonist, says of the rage inspired by his comics about United […]

Posted on: Sep 4, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Deja vu all over again

  Pat Bagley gets down to the basic point, which is that, when two apparent rights collide, the public good should be given precedence. We’ve analyzed the Second Amendment enough times here that I’m not going to go through it all again, but the Founders envisioned a system of quasi-independent state militias, and the reason […]

Posted on: Sep 4, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Lessons left unlearned

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly. — Proverbs 26:11 In the aftermath of every election, wise observers conclude that the “horse race” coverage was not only lazy but detracted from what could be, and should be, more useful and intelligent comparisons of candidates. And then, in the next […]

Posted on: Sep 3, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

CSotD: Labor Day Intensive

Mo points out that those who serve and wait rarely get a chance to stand, and there are indeed people working Labor Day and, I hope, still plenty of people who aren’t. Here’s my rant on the topic, worth saying, worth reading, but not worth repeating as often as it becomes relevant. When I first […]

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

CSotD: Welcome to Upside-Down Australia

If Australia were not on the other side of the globe, this would be the first day of Autumn there. As it is, it’s the first day of Spring and their first day of Autumn will be March 1. Point being that, while I’m all in favor of knowing about the equinoces (well, it should […]

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

San Diego Union-Tribune Drops Mallard Fillmore: “Hate Speech”

The San Diego Union-Tribune is dropping the Mallard Fillmore comic strip by Bruce Tinsley because readers accused a recent strip featuring U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar of being anti-Semitic. Says the newspaper: The decision is based on the Aug. 12 strip. In that strip artist Bruce Tinsley depicted Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. Emailers and callers said […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 13 Comments

CSotD: Sailing to meet the sun

And diamonds, Janis. Lots of diamonds. Which, as noted here before, are pretty worthless except that people think they aren’t. And the sort of person who thinks “chocolate diamonds” are a thing is the type who will be impressed when she gets one as a gift from a guy who won’t turn off the TV […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

CSotD: Offensive Holding

(Joe Heller) (Darrin Bell) Back in the 1970s, when instant replay first emerged and there was discussion of using it to confirm penalties, legendary NFL referee Art Bell said it was fine with him, but he wanted the right to check the whole tape and call any holding he noticed. It was a wiseass comment, […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Buggin’

Matt Lubchansky comments on the bizarre but irresistible foolishness happening on Twitter, which, if you missed it, is more or less encapsulated in the cartoon, which is only slightly more ridiculous than the reality. To summarize, Bret Stephens is a conservative columnist at the NYTimes, apparently brought in to annoy and provoke readers, or, put […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Rob Rogers’ Brewed On Grant Needs Your Help

It an emergency situation! LESS THAN 24 HOURS FOR ROB ROGER’S BREWED ON GRANT KICKSTARTER! $3,500 is still needed to bring Rob’s comic strip back via Pittsburgh Current. Reliable sources say with Kickstarter, you either make it or break it: All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Fund Raisers, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: I don’t get it

I like Pat Bagley‘s take on the Amazon forest fires because I don’t know what’s going on down there, but I know it doesn’t help to have people dismissing it or obscuring it or exploiting it. Which is to say that the level of crisis seems less dependent on the actual impact on our climate […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Explanations, exhortations, exaltations

Michael Ramirez riffs on George C. Scott’s famous speech in the 1970 film, “Patton,” as Trump continues to deliver convoluted, contradictory explanations of his disastrous trade policy. The (apocryphal) line from the film is “Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Dustin Harbin, the NY Times, & Long Form Comics

I fell off a bike into an outpouring of charity. But Americans shouldn’t have to seek out strangers to pay health bills. Dustin Harbin was involved in a mishap. I was recently in a bicycle accident which resulted in me landing–by all evidence, directly on the mouth–face first on the asphalt. I’m not sure what […]

Posted on: Aug 24, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Comments: Comments Off on Dustin Harbin, the NY Times, & Long Form Comics

CSotD: Facts? We don’t need no stinking facts!

I’m starting with Clay Bennett‘s diagram of the table for the G-7, because it doesn’t allow for a whole lot of debate or denial or refutation. You can interpret it: There is discussion that the conference host, French President Emmanuel Macron is primarily concerned not with possible disagreements over this or that economic factor but […]

Posted on: Aug 24, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments