Cartoons and Cartoonists in the News

‘The Bronco Bar Incident’

BAR HARBOR [Maine] — Last season, a driver from New Jersey got his Ford Bronco stuck in the mudflats between Bar Harbor and Bar Island until a salvage company floated it to a sandbar…

Now, 12 cartoonists have taken up their pens to draw about the event with the results to be on display at Choco-Latte at 240 Main St. in Bar Harbor during June. The cartoon art display coincides roughly with the one-year anniversary of the infamous event.

The Mount Desert Islander has detail of the charity function that features Joel Pett, Kevin Kallaugher, Joe Marshall, Rob Rogers, Ann Telnaes, Dan Wasserman, and others.

The cartoons – both originals and framed prints – will be on sale to benefit Cartoonists Rights Network International (, a nonprofit organization that works to defend free speech and cartoonists around the world.

Cartoonist Illustrates History

NORWICH [New Hampshire] — Like many Upper Valley historical societies, Norwich has a large collection of town documents and artifacts.

While the town’s early Town Meeting reports are interesting, they can also be cumbersome to read and relate to. As a way to better connect the community with the town’s history, the nonprofit organization turned to cartoonist Emily Zea.

Liz Sauchelli for The Valley News highlights Emily Zea‘s latest project.

Zea, a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, has developed a knack for illustrating town histories. She has also worked on a graphic history of Woodstock for the Woodstock History Center and created books about art found on gravestones in New England, powder horns and money.

Using Cartooning To Teach

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Jay Wecht is a professional cartoonist and a public school teacher in the West Orange Public School District. And it makes for an effective mix – as well as an interesting one, his alma mater says.

Wecht, an English language arts teacher at Roosevelt Middle School, was recently named the Essex County Education Association’s “Educator of the Year for Distinguished Service.”

photo via West Orange Public Schools/Cynthia Cumming

Eric Kiefer, at Patch New Jersey, profiles Jay Wecht teacher and cartoonist.

Wecht says that he combines his two professional loves, using cartoons to teach: a model that earned him a Tom Gill Education Award from the National Cartoonist Society in 2016.

2023 Eisner Awards Nominations

The 2023 Eisner nominations were announced today.

Heidi MacDonald at The Beat covers the mostly comic book related nominees in her usual excellent manner.

Some nominees that The Daily Cartoonist is happy to see in some cartoon-y and comic strip-y categories:

The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster! by Mo Willems (Union Square Kids)

Revenge of the Librarians, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)

The Nib Magazine, edited by Matt Bors (Nib)

Bungleton Green and the Mystic Commandos, by Jay Jackson (New York Review Comics)

Come Over Come Over. It’s So Magic, and My Perfect Life, by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)

The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1922-1924, by George Herriman, edited by J. Michael Catron (Fantagraphics)

Macanudo: Welcome to Elsewhere, by Liniers, edited by Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)

Pogo The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips: Volume 8: Hijinks from the Horn of Plenty, by Walt Kelly, edited by Mark Evanier and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)

The Art of the News: Comics Journalism, edited by Katherine Kelp-Stebbins and Ben Saunders (Oregon State University Press)

Charles M. Schulz: The Art and Life of the Peanuts Creator in 100 Objects, by Benjamin L. Clark and Nat Gertler (Schulz Museum)

The Charlton Companion, by Jon B. Cooke (TwoMorrows)

Gladys Parker: A Life in Comics, A Passion for Fashion, by Trina Robbins (Hermes Press)

All nominees in all categories are listed at The Beat.

More Cartoonist Rights Network International

The Fight for Free Expression: Defending Cartoonists Around the World

A Library of Congress Symposium:

Join award-winning campaigner Terry Anderson and a panel of experts to learn more about the global trends threatening cartoonists, and why satirical art matters. Learn about the efforts of the Cartoonist Rights Network International to protect human rights and defend cartoonists threatened as a result of their work.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

11:30 am – 1:00 pm EDT

Where: James Madison Building – West Dining Room (LM621)

101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540

feature image from The Nib Work issue with art by and © Nate Powell