July 18 Quick Hits – Editorial Cartoons

Earlier this month HBO’s Vice News did a segment with Rob Rogers.

“I think there’s a bigger story in terms of the administration’s attacks on the media and how certain media outlets, including Fox News and Sinclair media, how they’ve sort of gotten in line,” Rogers told VICE News. “You know that’s what was happening at the Post Gazette too.”

The four minute video from July 10 (posted July 17) can be watched at the Vice News site.



Newsday has a short print interview with Jules Fieffer about his new graphic novel, The Ghost Script.

Has living on Long Island these past few years changed the way you work? Or the way you see the world?

Well, no. What changed was going into my 80s, and still living in the city, and feeling demoralized every time I left the apartment and walked into the street and saw how much faster everyone walked than I did, and how much better hearing everybody else had than I did. All the city reminded me of was my impending death — which seemed to be 15 minutes from then.



The latest in Bill Plympton‘s short animated political cartoons, as seen on the New York Times website, is getting heat as being homophobic. The N. Y. Times released Plympton’s latest in the Trump Bites series, “Trump and Putin: A Love Story.” on July 16, 2018 and immediately received backlash.

From the left leaning Huffington Post:

Many viewers denounced the video for using homosexuality as a punchline.
That was not the intention of contributor Bill Plympton’s cartoon, a Times spokesperson told HuffPost Monday night.

From the right side’s Red State:

Beyond the political correctness catastrophe the NYT created for themselves, the video completely misses the mark in its clumsy attempt to criticize Trump.

Both Red State and Huffington Post contain twitter responses and the ~one minute animation.
Background on the Trump Bites series is at the Animation Magazine website.



Bill Sanders,  home from his recent “Against the Grain” book tour, is now being featured in an exhibit at his alma mater Western Kentucky University.

The exhibit, called “That 70s Show,” that will run until Dec. 14 and the WKU newspaper has a nice profile of the cartoonist.

50 years of cartooning produced enough artwork for a simultaneous Sanders exhibit on the other side of The Rockies.



Bill Sander’s Against the Grain reminds me that I really enjoyed those books from editorial cartoonists of the sixties (mostly got from used bookstores) where they had a running commentary on the toons and the times. Herblock and Bill Mauldin were favorites, and Mike Peterson‘s Comic Strip of the Day column today kinda took me back. He also seems to have a fondness for Mauldin.



Hey! That The Nib magazine that needed $50,000 from a Kickstarter campaign to get going?

It needed less than two days to surpass that goal!
More contributions would make it a sure success.