Some Stuff about Cartooning Editorial Opinions


Patrick Chappette Wins the Not The Thomas Nast Award

80th Annual Overseas Press Club Awards Recognize Finest International Reporting

THE BEST CARTOON AWARD [formerly The Thomas Nast Award]
Best print, digital or graphic journalism on international affairs
Patrick Chappatte
The New York Times
Judges: Patrick Chappatte’s cartoons for the New York Times were a model of the form.



Dana Summer’s AOC Cartoon Still a Topic in Danbury

You may recall that my column last week was about reaction to the cartoon I had chosen the day after the Academy Awards that poked fun at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It linked the Oscars to the Green New Deal she co-sponsored.

To recap briefly: Six women from Greenwich were so outraged by the political cartoon that they wrote a Letter to the Editor, which we published, outlining why they found it racist and sexist. Their perspective made me think; I emailed each of them and met with one, Laura Kostin.

In the column, I explained why I didn’t think the cartoon was blatantly racist, but agreed it was sexist.

The response from readers was prodigious. Truly, in the many years I’ve been writing columns this one drew the most emails, close to 20. The intersection of racism, sexism, political correctness and editorial cartoons touched a nerve.

Jacqueline Smith, the editorial page editor of The News-Times in Danbury, reveals reader reaction to her folding under the weight of a previous letter to the editor.



Rob Rogers has a Book, a Cartoon, and a Show

Rob  Rogers has a 5½ minute interview at KDKA Radio Morning News in Pittsburgh discussing the art of editorial cartooning, his new book, today’s cartoon, and his appearance March 23 at the Humanities Festival.



Arizona Daily Star Moves Printing to Phoenix

The Arizona Daily Star will shut down its local press and print its newspaper in Phoenix, trucking copies to Tucson daily. Sixty jobs will be lost in the pressroom and packaging areas when the hulking two-story machine grinds to a halt in May.

The Arizona Republic will print the Star under a contract beginning in mid-May, company officials said.

Tucson Sentinel reports the Daily Star will move its printing 100 miles away.

Oh, of course it will have no or little effect on deadlines or deliveries:

The Republic prints its newspapers later than the Star has, so newsroom deadlines are not expected to have “material changes,” but “significant breaking news may impact delivery times,” the Star publisher said. The Star’s deadline for many stories has already been early — 8 p.m., which is before many government meetings are ended.

Daily Star cartoonist David Fitzsimmons was briefly mentioned:

The shift to printing in Phoenix comes as the Star has offered buyouts to a dozen of its older newsroom staffers, and a group of younger reporters has left the paper.

Last month, a list of household names on the Star staff  were told they must soon decide if they’ll stay on the job — the newspaper’s corporate owners offered buyouts for older workers, with the veiled threat of potential layoffs pending if not enough staffers accept…

David Fitzsimmons, the outspoken editorial cartoonist and columnist, faces leaving his pen on his drawing board.



“Bruce Plante once again spews his hatred of all things Donald Trump.”

He wants us to believe that unaccompanied minors, who cross our border, are housed in dog crate cages. This is outlandishly false.

These children are fed, clothed and given medical treatment. They have a warm and safe place to sleep.

Yes, they are surrounded by chain link fences, but this is for their protection.

A Tulsa World reader objects to the portrayal of immigrant minors as portrayed by Bruce Plante.



The New Masses Digital Archive

Great cartoons and art by William Gropper, Boardman Robinson, Art Young, Isadore Klein, Otto Soglow, Syd Hoff (and A. Redfield), Crockett Johnson, Mischa Richter, Ned Hilton, Gardner Rea, Colin Allen, Beatrice Tobias, Lynd Ward, Ellison Hoover, George Grosz, William Steig, and many more well- and not-so-well-known cartoonists. presents the New Masses socialist/communist/union propaganda magazine
from1926 (V1#1) through 1948 (final issue) as presented by the site.



Why does Review-Journal editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez dislike Hillary Clinton?

I think Hillary Clinton was and is a great mother, a wonderful and forgiving wife, a great secretary of state and one who cares about our country. She got 3 million more popular votes than Donald Trump.

A Las Vegas Review-Journal reader disagrees with Michael Ramirez‘s assessment of Hillary.



History: Vaughn Shoemaker and John Q. Public

John Q. Public is a frantic little weirdo. The poor fellow always seems to be in the throes of a nervous breakdown. By turns he is angry, frightened or astonished. The world spins crazily and the forces of evil conspire against him, and there’s not much John Q. can do about it except throw flop sweat from his furrowed brow. He’s got a pinched-up face and googly eyes and an impossibly wretched mustache.

You may have heard of John Q. Public. He’s been part of the English vernacular for decades now. He’s the common man, the man on the street. He’s the little guy, perhaps an immigrant from the “old country,” in a madman’s hat and a bow tie, chomping at a cigar.

Joe Livernois gives us a bit of history about an editorial cartooning icon.
(This is an older article but it doesn’t say when or where it originally appeared.)

One thought on “Some Stuff about Cartooning Editorial Opinions

  1. Nice article about V. Shoemaker. Thanks for linking to it!

    Shoemaker put my dad in one of his cartoons back in 1935 or ’36, when Dad was but a tyke. I wish I had known to ask my grandparents about that when they were still around.

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