Odds & Ends

The “best” of The New Yorker and Roll Call and Editorial Cartoons (Eppys) and a failure.

If the algorithm is to be believed, what I want to see on Instagram are videos of people falling off horses, photos of celebrities before and after alleged plastic surgery (or did her nose lose weight?), and endless reels of amateur chefs sautéing things in lots of butter. Oh, and cartoons, of course…

Mads Horwath © The New Yorker

Cartoon editor Emma Allen presents Instagram’s Favorite New Yorker Cartoons in 2023.


While House Republican dysfunction dominated much of the news this year, other stories, — including Supreme Court ethics scandals and the blockage of military promotions — also added grist for the Capitol Ink mill.

Roll Call puts a cartoon cap on 2023 as they present a selection of R. J. Matson’s Capitol Ink contributions.


Update – We covered this last month but now the print edition of Editor & Publisher is out.

Editor & Publisher’s Eppy Awards edition is out noting wins by Nick Anderson and Dennis Draughon.

Featuring a cover by Rob Tornoe (plus his regular cartoon).


For the third time since 2019, Capitol Broadcasting Company’s editorial cartoonist Dennis Draughon, has won Editor& Publisher Magazine’s EPPY Award for best editorial/political cartoons. The annual competition recognizes the best in digital news publishing.

CBC covers their cartoonist for the win.


Dærick Gröss Sr. (N. Richard “Rick” Gröss) has passed away.

His work spanned across mediums and genres, including stage playbills, illustrations for newspapers and magazines, comic strips and comic books, caricatures, fantasy role-playing and card games, and general commercial illustration. Adopting the professional nom-de-plume of Dærick Gröss Sr., he was an artist and illustrator, art director, comic book publisher, art teacher, and an advisor and consultant.

Noted here for his Trumpy cartoons during the Trump presidency for the comic book site First Comic News.


I hardly ever write about how cartoons come about for me. The simple reason is that I don’t really know. But what I do know is that there are a number of ways playing on paper can go once the barest suggestion of an idea flies in on any given day. My number one rule for working is: show up. All that means is sitting down with pen and paper. My number two rule is: make sure my pen — a Rapidograph — is working. Beyond sitting down with pen and paper, the rest of the work day is up to the Cartoon Gods.

We started with some successful cartoons, but what happens when an idea goes sideways?

Michael Maslin has an Anatomy Of A Failed Cartoon Idea.

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