Roundup of Editorial Cartooning Items

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Editorial Cartoon offends someone.

© Lisa Benson

A reader of the Press Herald in Portland Maine is upset by a Lisa Benson cartoon.

Although I am a proponent of free speech (especially when it does no harm), as an independent voter I was offended by Lisa Benson’s political “cartoon” about the democrat buffet (Portland Press Herald, Nov. 3). Not funny or entertaining.

Yes, the Democrats espouse higher taxes (on those earning the most), and with those taxes we should be able to help others by promoting health care for all and a reduction in homelessness. Why would she put crime on the buffet – the right’s failure to regulate dangerous weapons…


‘Tis the Season 2.

© Mike Graston/Windsor Star

Windsor Star editorial cartoonist Mike Graston has donated over 2,600 of his cartoons to the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts, some of them are being displayed in a current exhibit.

The donated pieces span most of Graston’s career. As the Star’s editorial cartoonist for 36 years, he used his talents to chronicle and comment on political, social and cultural occurrences, from global events to hyperlocal moments.

The Windsor Star reports.


It wasn’t Dilbert that changed, the environment did.

The Association of Mature American Citizens (mission: “protect American values”)
sees the woke mob coming for comic strips, notably Dilbert by Scott Adams.

As Adams has explained, Dilbert was always meant to be a reflection and critique of office culture. That the comic strip has become more political in recent years is simply an echo of the fact that companies have intentionally infused more politics into the workplace. It wasn’t Adams who got more political, but the HR managers and woke executives who insisted that employees show their fealty to progressive values.

This inevitably led to cancellations by those woke executives at Lee Enterprises:

Adams began releasing a number of comic strips mocking the absurdities of ESG corporate culture … Just a few weeks later, Adams revealed that Dilbert had been removed from 77 newspapers across America, all operated by Lee Enterprises. Although the company said that it had canceled the comic strip because of “budget cuts,” Adams – and most clear-eyed Americans – weren’t buying it.


“Very few talented cartoonists” – here’s a couple.

© Las Vegas Review-Journal/Michael Ramirez; A. F. Branco

From The Democrat Herald comes praise for a couple editorial cartoonists:

A reader expressed the preference of disallowing editorial cartoons drawn by Michael Ramirez from being published to this audience (Nov. 9: “Political cartoons have been awful”). I couldn’t disagree more.

There are very few talented cartoonists who remain who know how to illustrate a great point better than he; perhaps one American in particular is A.F. Branco whose fresh works would further elevate the Democrat-Herald’s diverse turntable of well-illustrated perspectives.


Just your typical political cartoonist’s living quarters.

Ranan Lurie, whose apartment has recently hit the market for $28 million … Set on the building’s 36th floor, the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom condo is spread over nearly 3,200 square feet. Owner Lurie, who died this past June, was an Israeli-American cartoonist…

Robb Report gives a tour of Ranan Lurie‘s home.

Lurie’s home was a testament to the cosmopolitan, art-filled world he both drew and inhabited … The cartoonist was as hands-on with this apartment as he was with his artistic endeavors. The unit is the only one on the building’s “D-line” to feature Central Park views, and Ranan kept the focus squarely on the greenery. This required shifting the home’s original layout to turn part of the home’s east side into a sunny studio … Walls were removed and replaced with oversized windows that allow for panoramic views of Central Park from almost every vantage point in the Great Wing.