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Opinionated Cartoonists of the Editorial Kind

New Award Contest from The National Society for Newspaper Columnists

The NSNC has added new categories for their contest this year, editorial cartooning is a new one.

The NSNC notes that

This category is for entries from all printed periodicals, including weeklies, magazines and specialty publications, regardless of circulation as well as all online publications (including multimedia digital content).

and that

Cartoons in this category provide original commentary with clear understanding about current issues, political topics or historical events through effective uses of illustration, with or without text.

The AAEC has the news and more important rules highlighted.


Ted Rall Was a Victim of Republican Cancel Culture Decades Ago

Ted Rall writes

The debate over “cancel culture” centers around how Democratic Party, “woke” activists and politically-correct “social justice warriors” expel people from social acceptability or force them into joblessness because something they said or did provoked an online mob.

But Republicans have been canceling people for much longer.

I am living proof.

Ted’s column on the hypocrisy of cancel culture.

In other cancel culture news … Captain Underpants and Dog Man!

No those books haven’t been lost to us, but a book by author Dav Pilkey has been pulled.


From Scholastic Books:

“On Monday, March 22, 2021, with the full support of Dav Pilkey, Scholastic halted distribution of the 2010 book ‘The Adventures of Ook and Gluk.’ Together, we recognize that this book perpetuates passive racism.

“We are deeply sorry for this serious mistake. Scholastic has removed the book from our websites, stopped fulfillment of any orders (domestically or abroad), contacted our retail partners to explain why this book is no longer available, and sought a return of all inventory.”

NBC’s Today carries the story.


Politician’s Tribute to Political Cartoonist

Most everyone you speak with can tell you of a certain musician or type of music that was the soundtrack of their lives. Mike Marland’s cartoons and comic strips have been that way for me – for at least my adult years he has been the laugh track of my life. I suspect that a lot of us feel that way, so his announcement that he was hanging up his spurs comes as a bittersweet moment; filled with gratitude for his work, whether he was holding us up or skewering us.

New Hampshire’s Wayne King is among those sad to see Mike Marland retire.


Be An Arts Hero slideshow

Be An #ArtsHero and Counterpoint have partnered to create a series of political cartoons highlighting the value of the arts industry and the jeopardy it faces in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participating [cartoonists] in the project include Nick Anderson (co-founder and executive director of Counterpoint), Nathan Archer, Robert Ariail, Juan Astasio, Richard Bartholomew, Chris Britt, Michael Egan, Warren “Wee” Elliott, Tom Falco, Mike Lester, Mark Lynch, Steve McGinn, Deb Milbrath, Pedro X Molina, Paul Pinderski, Peter Reiss, Ali Solomon, Scott Stantis, Joe Sutliff, Tom Toro, and Mark Wilke.

Playbill presents a slideshow of the contributions.


Cartoonist Chronicles: Comic Gold

The California Gold Rush transformed the landscape and population of the United States. It also introduced a new figure into American life and the American imagination — the effete Eastern urbanite who travels to the Wild West in quest of his fortune. Alex Andriesse examines how this figure fares in three mid-nineteenth-century comic books.

With contemporary cartoons the Public Domain Review showcases the folly of the 1849 gold rush.


The Cartoon is Dead, Long Live the Cartoonist

Although it’s an art form that is in many ways dying out, there are a precious few political cartoonists out there that still understand the importance of speaking truth to power through insightful humor and visual commentary.

Listen to the full conversation between Mr. Fish and Robert Scheer.

The two friends and fellow radicals also discuss the dead elephant in the virtual room: the demise of political cartoons, a form both see as crucial to not only to understanding the societies we live in, but to holding those in power accountable.


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