Cartoonews – Editoon Edition

So much to do, there’s plenty on the farm…

Editorial cartoonists become accustomed to being revered and reviled — frequently by the same people, and often at the same time.

Asked if that love-hate relationship makes it hard to do the job, Bruce Plante replied: “Eh. It might make it a little bit harder. But I’ve been doing this a long time.”

In anticipation of Bruce Plante speaking June 11 at the Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum, the Sand Springs Leader sat down with Bruce for an interview.

Editorial cartoonist Bruce Plante will give a presentation at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum, 9 W. Broadway Ave.

The free presentation is in conjunction with the museum’s latest exhibit, “Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons,” which runs through June 20.


From now until the end of June, two-time Pulitzer-winner Mike Luckovich is exhibiting his provocative, poignant and progressive editorial cartoons at the rek gallery in Tucker. As part of our Screen Time series, we chatted with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s longtime resident cartoonist about his media diet.

Axios talks to Mike Luckovich about his daily preparations to cartoon.

I don’t spend a lot of time farting around on the computer. I have to have my cartoon done by 4pm. In the past, I was always a procrastinator. I’d goof around all day and knew I could wait until 8 at night.

We have earlier deadlines now so I don’t have that luxury, so I spend more time reading the AJC and other sites.


Celebrated editorial cartoonist Clay Jones has joined the Museum of Political Corruption (MPC) to serve as Curator for its Thomas Nast Gallery of Political Cartoons.

“We’re thrilled to have Clay on board and look forward to his guidance as we honor editorial cartoonists and recognize how they have employed their unique skills to fighting corruption and strengthening our democracy.” ” offered MPC President Bruce Roter.

Clay Jones has a new gig.

In addition to serving as Curator of the Thomas Nast Gallery, Jones will develop a political cartoon competition to be sponsored by the MPC.



A few weeks after the AAEC and three dozen past Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists protested recent changes to the Editorial Cartooning category of journalism’s ‘biggest award’, aspiring cartoonist (and CNN anchor) Jake Tapper has written to the Pulitzer Prize Board encouraging them to rethink their decisions. Here is the letter Tapper sent, reprinted here with his permission.

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists shares Jake Tapper‘s letter.

As an erstwhile political cartoonist who knows a bit about the power of visuals when it comes to discussing news, analysis, and opinion, I write to ask that you re-examine your decision to collapse opinionated political cartoons and illustrated news reporting into one Pulitzer Prize category. They each deserve their own recognition.


So–I’m doing a thing that I used to do at the Cartoon Art Museum back in the day. An intense one-day seminar about the business of art and creativity. If you are a creator looking to make a career out of it, I will be sharing all I know about it. 30 years is a long time to be slinging pen and ink, and I’ve got stories to tell. So sign up and avoid the pitfalls that I’ve made. (And it ain’t just useful for cartoonists. It’s for any creative looking to make a career out of it.)

Keith Knight is hosting a webinar on creating comics.

Keef will spend an afternoon on Zoom, sharing advice and answering questions about his cartoon art, music, teaching, self-publishing, and developing his work for television. Two 90-minute sessions, with a half-hour break in between.


G. B. Trudeau has been producing his comic strip Doonesbury for over 50 years. It passed the half-century milestone two years ago, but being inattentive for several months at that moment, we choose to celebrate this year, Doonesbury’s 52nd.

R. C. Harvey’s June column for Humor Times looks at the Doonesbury political comic strip.

Trudeau was not so blatant as his underground compeers, but he was every bit as perceptive and angry. As a syndicated feature, Doonesbury continued Trudeau’s satiric attack but extended his range of targets to include society at large as well as campus life. And when Richard Nixon committed Watergate, Trudeau had a field day.


Cleveland author and professor Brad Ricca teamed up with illustrator Courtney Sieh, bringing new life to historic journalist Nellie Bly’s “10 Days in a Mad-House.”

The duo crafted a graphic adaptation of the work, which arrived April 19 on Simon & Schuster’s Gallery 13 imprint. The story follows Bly, an investigative journalist who famously went undercover at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island in New York in the late 1800s to show brutal conditions for the women residing there. Bly’s reporting eventually led to a grand jury investigation into the asylum. reviews the graphic adaptation of Nellie Bly’s journalism.

Originally published in New York World, Bly’s stories were compiled into a book in 1887.

Now, those stories get a literary and visual treatment, featuring Ricca’s storytelling direction and Sieh’s detailed and often harrowing images of peoples’ experiences at the asylum.