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A roundup of some recent editorial cartooning items.


Attention cartoonists — 19th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition is now open. The theme this year is “OPEN SEASON ON JOURNALISTS.” Deadline to enter is April 12, 2019.

Rules and Regulations available at AAEC News and Bado’s Blog.



Recently cartoonist Daryl Cagle enjoyed a rare sighting – a Cagle cartoon in his hometown paper.

I’m often asked what the trends are with editorial cartooning, and my rare cartoon in my local newspaper led to this long-winded answer. We will continue to see newspapers dropping their editorial pages, sometimes dropping only two pages per week, and sometimes dropping the editorial pages entirely. I’m told that editorial pages make readers angry, and papers don’t sell advertising on the editorial page, so editorial pages can be viewed as a costly hassle. Editorial cartoons will continue to lose their newspaper homes.

Daryl Cagle’s essay on what the current situation means for political cartoonists and Cagle’s syndicate.



Beyond the physical caricature that is shocking in any publication in the year 2019, the woman is portrayed as ignorant and stupid, the familiar insult by white racists towards people of color and often women. Worse, the cartoonist, Dana Summers, is including the title “Green Book” in his cartoon.

The full Letter to the editor submitted by Phyllis Alexander, Laura Kostin, Mary Ellen Markowitz, Nerlyn Pierson, Monica Prihoda, Joanna Swomley



We regret publishing this cartoon, and we apologize to our readers for placing it in our pages.

Although we interpreted the column as a criticism of the FBI for its reported consideration of a plot to use the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump — a figurative stab in the back — readers contacted us with concerns that it promoted violence against Trump.

The Las Vegas Sun regrets publishing a Kirk Walters cartoon.



The latest film touting the value of the free press is Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People, narrated by BlacKkKlansman co-star Adam Driver. Besides upholding the patrimony of print publishing at a critical time, Voice defends the heritage of America’s immigrants—who are, like journalists, targets of the Trump regime. And as crimes motivated by anti-Semitism are on the rise in Trump’s USA, Oren Rudavsky’s biopic reminds us of the Jewish contribution to America.

Ed Rampbell, for The Progressive, reviews the movie about press baron Joseph Pulitzer who, among other things, “betrothed millions to found the Columbia School of Journalism and establish the Pulitzer Prizes.”



Speaking of immigration…

At Cartoon Collections cartoon critics Phil Witte and Rex Hesner look behind gags to debate what makes a cartoon tick. This week our intrepid critics examine cartoons about immigration.



The Learning Network and the New York Times “invited students to submit their original illustrations. Our panel of judges chose 8 winners, 13 runners up and 27 honorable mentions.”

The Learning Network Editorial Cartoon 2018 Contest Winners




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