Cartoon News V18#5

Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune took first, second, and third place for 2022 editorial cartoons from the California News Publishers Association in the Dailies (50,001 & over) category.

George Russell also took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the Dailies(15,000 and under), while Ben Fishel ran all three places in the Dailies (15,001-50,000) category. The Weeklies categories spread the awards to more than one with Deb Wong grabbing first and Marc Hershon getting second and third.

That’s the state of editorial cartooning in California – twelve awards go to five cartoonists.

Adam Zyglis, prize winning editorial cartoonist of The Buffalo News, went down the 219 and made an appearance at Art’s Café in Springville for Artist Night earlier this month. Ashley Lowry reports for The Springville Journal.

“When I draw my cartoons, I start with the message. That’s the job of an editorial writer,” Zyglis explained. “Then I will develop a concept to express that message. That’s a separate step and a separate element, because you can have a creative concept that’s visual or written – you can have 10 different concepts that say essentially the same thing. That creative concept is really the heart of the editorial cartoon because it also engages the reader in that little bit of thinking they have to do to figure it out. Then the third component is the visual art, the graphic art, the illustration.”

Jim Keefe draws a fountain and gets water on his drawing.

© Jim Keefe/King Features Syndicate

CRAP… And not from wet ink but a drop of water that got on my kneaded eraser. And of course it was on one of those panels where Francesco demanded I do a complicated rendering of the 1915 turtle fountain located by Lake Harriet here in Minneapolis – Just kidding, his script…

Bored Panda presents a Tom Gauld comic strip gallery.

© Tom Gauld/The New Scientist

“I love telling stories and making people laugh, and comics are such an interesting way of doing that. I’m still always learning new ways to communicate through comics and getting inspired by the way other artists make their comics,” the artist previously shared with Bored Panda.

Alex N. Press reviews The Ruling Clawss: The Socialist Cartoons of Syd Hoff for Jacobin.

Book collection © New York Review of Books; individual cartoons © copyright owner

The work he produced hardly feels its ninety years. If it weren’t for the attire in which Hoff’s oafish representatives of the ruling class are outfitted — tuxedos aplenty, modest gowns for the women — and his propensity for drawing the rich as almost uniformly overweight, the illustrations could be of the modern-day United States. After all, our era has much in common with that of “A. Redfield’s”: eye-popping inequality, rampant homelessness and police brutality, racism, and the many pompous, moronic captains of industry.

Zanandi Botes, for Cracked presents 15 Trivia Tidbits About Matt Groening’s ‘Life in Hell’

© Matt Groening

After moving to Los Angeles to make all the money but, instead, ending up driving old directors around as their chauffeur, Groening took a job at a Licorice Pizza record store to make ends meet. During this period, he started drawing Binky and his comrades as a mirror of his Hollywood life in hell. In 1977, the cartoonist began sending his zines to friends back in Portland, and by the sixth issue, he had gone from 20 recipients to 500. Three years later, Life in Hell was running as a comic strip in the Los Angeles Reader and soon in many other publications.

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