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Archives for May, 2020

Gary Brookins Retires; New Pluggers Fill His Shoes

After 40 years of cartooning Gary Brookins has decided to retire from deadlines. Gary announced his plans on April 1st when Rick McKee‘s first Pluggers panel showed up: You may notice a different signature on the cartoon today, and no, it’s not an April Fools joke … I’m in the process of retiring from cartooning. […]

Posted on: May 26, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Teeing Off on Trump

This began slowly and so I didn’t take notes and then it went nuts and, well, the best I can do is show you where it seems to be now. As far as I know, it began with this Michael de Adder cartoon … … and the New York Times’ decision to run a full […]

Posted on: May 26, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 17 Comments

Sandy Huffaker – RIP

Illustrator and editorial cartoonist Sandy Huffaker has passed away. Calvin Sanford (Sandy) Huffaker, Sr. September 23, 1943 – May 23, 2020 From the obituary: Huffaker was a highly acclaimed political cartoonist who started his career with The Birmingham News and the Raleigh News and Observer. He later moved to New York City and illustrated covers […]

Posted on: May 25, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Caricature, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Memorials in a time of death

It seems odd to open up the discussion by sending you somewhere else, but the Association of Canadian Cartoonists has put up a gallery of Covid-19 commentary that is well worth your time and attention. This one, by the Montreal Gazette’s Boris (Jacques Goldstyn) seems particularly apt, using a very wise caption to comment upon […]

Posted on: May 25, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

CSotD: Playing with the Truth

And so it begins. Ed Hall is no Trump fan, but he joined other cartoonists in piling on Joe Biden for telling a joke in a limited forum that didn’t play well with a broader audience. In posting this on his Twitter account, Hall said “I’ll take shit for this cartoon but I really don’t […]

Posted on: May 24, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 14 Comments

Dr. Seuss: A Cat of Many Hats

Before and after titles like The Cat in the Hat hit the shelves, Dr. Seuss himself tried on many different hats. Believing that “you can steer yourself any direction you choose,” he explored—and excelled at—a number of possible creative paths. From an early editing gig to an honorary doctorate, these different “hats” helped shape a […]

Posted on: May 23, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Dr. Seuss: A Cat of Many Hats

CSotD: Dear Leader Goes Postal

(Bill Bramhall) (Matt Wuerker) We start today with a Juxtaposition in which Bill Bramhall explains the issue and Matt Wuerker provides an example. It’s hard to believe there was once a time when, at each party’s national convention, the platform committee would craft the platform and then — then — the party would nominate someone […]

Posted on: May 23, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

First and Last – Homer, The Reluctant Soul

Wiley Miller’s Non Sequitur has introduced a number of characters to the comics reading public. The Pyle family and associates are regulars, but there is also Obviousman, Ordinary Basil, The Bears, The Gravesytes, Congress-Man, and others. We’re going to take a look at Homer, the Reluctant Soul. Homer first appeared in a Non Sequitur Sunday […]

Posted on: May 22, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on First and Last – Homer, The Reluctant Soul

CSotD: Harsh Realms and other delights

Wiley Miller aids the US Post Office in its hour of need with a cartoon bound to spark letters to the editor. What you might call a cataclysm. I laughed, but I’m a dog owner and recovering Cat’olic, plus I’m only 70 and not yet in the furious-letter-writing demographic. I like cats, but I don’t […]

Posted on: May 22, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

In Defense of “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night”

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that […]

Posted on: May 21, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Random Delights

This Ben Jennings piece on Britain’s plan to re-open elementary schools takes a second and then, once you see it, becomes brilliant. Of course, it’s not just the teacher whom that shadow pursues, but she, as symbol of the schools, will take the brunt of what happens next, including sending all those innocent little ones […]

Posted on: May 21, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Daryl Cagle Writes To His Congressman

Congressman Salud CarbajalDistrict OfficeSanta Barbara, CA Dear Congressman Carbajal, … I run a constituent small business in Montecito, Cagle Cartoons, Inc., that syndicates editorial cartoons and columnists. About half of America’s daily, paid-circulation newspapers subscribe to our service that you can see at CagleCartoons.com. Journalism has been in decline for years, but the newspaper industry […]

Posted on: May 20, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Daryl Cagle Writes To His Congressman

SDSU Daily Aztec Alumnus Lalo Alcaraz

Creator of a successful (and political) nationally syndicated comic strip, a finalist for Pulitzer Prize editorial cartoons this year, awards from Journalism and Latino groups, a career in Hollywood, and other activities (he has been known to take on the rich and powerful). Lalo Alcaraz is a famous alumnus of San Diego State University. “I […]

Posted on: May 20, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on SDSU Daily Aztec Alumnus Lalo Alcaraz

Jim Toomey, Conservationist and Friend of NOAA

In the 50 years since our founding, NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] has worked with many individuals who share a passion for environmental issues and a relentless dedication to understanding and conserving our planet. Jim Toomey, creator of the daily comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon, is one of these people. To help us celebrate 50 years […]

Posted on: May 20, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Jim Toomey, Conservationist and Friend of NOAA

TheFarSide.com Wins Webby Award

The Far Side website has won a 2020 Webby Award for being the best in Humor. The Far Side was voted The People’s Voice Award winner. The Webby Awards presents two honors in every category—The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. Members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) select the Nominees for […]

Posted on: May 20, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on TheFarSide.com Wins Webby Award