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Of Pultizers and Things

For reasons unexplained, the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning was not awarded in 1923, 1936, 1960, 1965, 1973, and 2021. It may have been because all competitors in those years fell below the standard of excellence fixed by the Pulitzer Board, the governing body that meets twice annually, once to appoint nominating jurors in each […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2022,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Awards, Controversies, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: 1 Comment

Sports, Mascots, Elves, Wokeness, Whatnots

Continuing with a couple topics that partner Peterson touched on this morning. The Return of Brownie the Elf Cleveland Scene reports National Football League’s Cleveland Browns bringing back an old favorite. From a helicopter perch high above the city, Fox 8’s Patty Harken snapped this shot of the Cleveland Browns’ new midfield logo at FirstEnergy […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2022,  Section: Caricature, Comic Books, Controversies, International, Magazine cartoons, sports cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Sports, Mascots, Elves, Wokeness, Whatnots

Most Banned Comics of the 21st Century

New Kid by Jerry Craft, Maus by Art Spiegelman, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel, Anne Frank’s Diary (Graphic Adaptation) adapted by Ari Folman and David Polonsky, and, of course, Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe are among the most challenged or banned comic books since the […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Controversies, Graphic Novels, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Most Banned Comics of the 21st Century

Failure to Ban Books Leads to Defunding Library

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP—What started as a fight over an LGBTQ-themed graphic novel may end with the closure of a west Michigan public library. Voters in Jamestown Township, a politically conservative community in Ottawa County, rejected renewal Tuesday of a millage that would support the Patmos Library. That vote guts the library’s operating budget in 2023 — […]

Posted on: Aug 5, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Controversies, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Failure to Ban Books Leads to Defunding Library

Your June 26, 2022 Dilbert Sunday Funny … or Not – updated

It seems Andrews McMeel Syndication has offered a replacement strip for those newspapers uncomfortable with publishing the Dilbert comic strip Scott Adams had created for June 26, 2022. Here is the Dilbert strip Stars and Stripes ran in their weekend edition: That is a rerun of the June 25, 2017 Dilbert Sunday strip.   But […]

Posted on: Jun 25, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 15 Comments

CSotD: Without a Trace

(Dr. Macleod) (Jeremy Banx) Two threads in this particular Juxtaposition: The backgrounder is the current dustup in the UK about Boris Johnson locking everyone down and then allowing his own staff to hold a Christmas party last year at 10 Downing Street.   It was revealed, apparently, in a wonderfully foolish cock-up when the Prime […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2021,  Section: Cartoons, Comic history, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 13 Comments

18th-Century Hogarth and The Woke Culture

Tate Britain in London has defended the approach taken in its Hogarth and Europe exhibition (until 20 March 2022) following a wave of criticism focused on wall labels written by contemporary commentators, which one critic described as “wokeish drivel”. The museum’s director, Alex Farquharson, tells The Art Newspaper that “Tate Britain has both the confidence […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on 18th-Century Hogarth and The Woke Culture

Los Angeles Times Discontinues 9 Chickweed Lane, GoComics Erases Dec. 1 Episode from Internet

The Los Angeles Times served notice to its readers that it will no longer carry Brooke McEldowney’s 9 Chickweed Lane comic strip. Since November 22 the comic strip has been featuring The Outer Space Adventures of Flight Lieutenant Charge Chucker, RAF, with Chapter One focusing on Pen Sallywright, Space Slattern. © Brooke McEldowney The current […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 70 Comments

Conservative Cartoonist Accuses NFT Marketplaces of Bias and Political Censorship

While non-fungibe token (NFT) collectibles have been very popular, NFTs have brought a slew of unique debates to the table and one of them has been censorship. The artist behind Stonetoss Comics, a series of political cartoons, has been censored by two very prominent NFT marketplaces — Opensea and Rarible. Stonetoss has told the public […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, web comics, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: The Morning After

Amid a storm of finger-pointing, Democratic complaining and Republican rejoicing over Tuesday’s results, Ann Telnaes boils it all down. There’s something not only refreshing but constructive in simply admitting they blew it, and, if her simple style doesn’t provide a lot of details, Charlie Sykes’ explanation in Politico offers not only an explanation of what […]

Posted on: Nov 4, 2021,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 13 Comments

Prophet Cartoonist Lars Vilks Dies in Car Crash

From BBC: Vilks was reported to be travelling in a civilian police vehicle which collided with a truck near the town of Markaryd in southern Sweden. Investigators said the collision, which also killed two police bodyguards, showed no signs of foul play. The 75-year-old artist had been living under police protection after receiving death threats […]

Posted on: Oct 5, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Mohammed Cartoon, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Prophet Cartoonist Lars Vilks Dies in Car Crash

Texas Schools Cancel Jerry Craft Because CRT

Author/cartoonist Jerry Craft‘s books were banned at the end of Banned Books Week from the Katy Independent School District after parents signed a petition to cancel a Zoom event with Jerry. The petition, which had 444 signatures as of Friday morning, reads: “Author Jerry Craft is scheduled to have a Zoom call with elementary aged […]

Posted on: Oct 5, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Controversies, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Texas Schools Cancel Jerry Craft Because CRT

Gag Cartoons and Diversity

Of the many challenges cartoonists face — rejection, money, drink, or lack of — one of the trickiest is the growing pressure to depict diversity. Nowadays readers often write to publications complaining about the dearth of ethnic minorities in our drawings and demand for cartoons to be more inclusive. Attempts to make cartoon characters more […]

Posted on: Sep 9, 2021,  Section: Caricature, Cartooning, Comic strips, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Gag Cartoons and Diversity

Book Burning – Not a Thing of the Past

Post World War II North America:     21st Century North America: Canada: Tintin and Asterix books destroyed because they are considered harmful to the natives A total of 5,000 books and comics have been thrown away, some burned and buried, by a school board in the province of Ontario which, on Radio Canada, believes […]

Posted on: Sep 7, 2021,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: Comments Off on Book Burning – Not a Thing of the Past

CSotD: Pieces of the peninsula

No man is an island! No man is an island! (He’s a peninsula.)                   — Jefferson Airplane  John Donne was correct: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main,” but Jefferson Airplane was observant […]

Posted on: Jul 20, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments