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Jim Carrey’s Anti-Trump Cartoons

Since 2016, Carrey has created more than a hundred cartoons protesting the Trump Administration, a pastime that borders on the obsessive. “I fight him to the end,” he said recently, citing the Bhagavad Gita.

New Yorker contributor Charles Bethea sits down with Jim Carrey about his spare time hobby of editorial cartooning for the current (August 6 & 13, 2018) issue of the magazine.



Another Cartoon, Another Apology

News Corp‘s South Australian newspaper The Advertiser is apologizing for an “insensitive” cartoon.

Cartoon by Jos Valdman

“A cartoon about the Greek fire tragedy appeared in yesterday’s Advertiser and unfortunately upset many of the people who saw it. The cartoon was meant to be a poignant tribute to the Greek people, both the tragedy they are now facing and their undeniable resilience. But many of you told us you found the cartoon to be offensive, insensitive and in bad taste. It was never our intention to add to the hurt or distress the Greek community has been suffering as a result of the fires.”

The Greek Neos Kosmos reports on the cartoon and the apology.



Charlie Daniel Gets Hometown Hand

It has been noted here and there that editorial cartoonist Charlie Daniel has been inducted into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame.

Charlie Daniel celebrates his 60th this week – that’s 60 years as a professional editorial cartoonist.

The milestone will be marked with a well-deserved honor, as well.

Charlie’s home, the Knoxville News Sentinel, waited for a special week to reveal the honor.



V. Cullum Rogers Wins AAN Cartoon Award

The AAEC reports:

A huge congratulations to Cullum Rogers, who won 1st Place in the Out of the Box/Cartoons category from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. This was the second year in a row Rogers took first place for his cartoons in the Durham, North Carolina-based Indy Week. It was also the last time his work would be eligible, as the shrinking alt-weekly laid off the cartoonist earlier this year. Way to go out on top, Cullum!

V.C.’s Indy Week archives.

Complete AAN Cartoon winners list:

1st PLACE: INDY Week: Peripheral Vision by V.C. Rogers
2nd PLACE: Style Weekly: The HR Department by Ed Harrington
3rd PLACE: New Times San Luis Obispo: Russell Hodin
HONORABLE MENTION: Slowpoke Comics by Jen Sorensen



In Other AAEC News

President Pat Bagley updates the 2018 Convention guests, seminars, presentations, etc.

Our featured guest is Atlantic staff writer McKay Coppins, who extensively covered the Trump campaign and was called “a dishonest slob” via Twitter by the then-GOP nominee for his award-winning reporting. We’ll also get a chance to ask Rob Rogers if there are other ways to become nationally famous without first losing one’s job.



Mike Norton Signs Lil’ Donnie

Mike Norton makes a signing appearance on the release of his book Lil’ Donnie: Executive Privilege to comic book stores on August 22 (bookstores on August 28).

“This collection contains the first year of antics of a truly motley crew of weirdos and degenerates as they work (HA!) to make our world a better place… for them! Get one while we still have a first amendment!”



Dr. Seuss’ Anti-War Book

Theodor Geisel was an editorial cartoonist during World War Two. During the Cold War his career exploded as a children’s book creator. But he never really left politics behind.

In 1971, Dr. Seuss published a book you have almost definitely heard of: The Lorax. Generally regarded as a visionary masterpiece of world-making in children’s literature, some predictably called the work out as a didactic, anti-capitalist work of socialist propaganda for its take on the environment’s fraught relationship with corporate malfeasance.

In 1984, though, came a lesser-known work, mostly forgotten by time, which advanced long-dormant Seussian politics into an ideological expression that proved too rankling for much of the book’s audience.

The Butter Battle Book, released by Random House in the middle of Ronald Reagan’s transformative presidency, is about the Cold War.

John Wilmes, for The Outline, details the history of Dr. Seuss‘ occasionally banned anti-war children’s book The Butter Battle Book, also delving into Theodor Geisel’s politics.

John Wilmes:

“To criticize immoral warmongers in a children’s narrative is nearly as important as teaching them to move past prejudice and try out new things. To write kid’s books that keep conservative columnists mad for 30 years is, to be sure, also unquestionably good.”

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