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No White Privilege for Scott Adams

Cartoonist and social media maven (he’s been retweeted by President Trump) Scott Adams has created a twitterstorm in responding to a tweet and claiming reverse racism. “I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African-American audience. That was the third job I lost for being white. The […]

Posted on: Jun 29, 2020,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Controversies, Television, Comments: 2 Comments

Paper & Modesty Blaise Called Racially Insensitive

Warning: The following item deals with racial insensitivity and contains slurs that are offensive. The West Australian newspaper, located in Perth, reran a 1971 Modesty Blaise comic strip in its Monday, June 29, 2020 edition and is now taking heat for printing a strip that is seen as outrageously insensitive. From Pedestrian TV: The West […]

Posted on: Jun 29, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 3 Comments

What’s Lost If Political Cartoons Are Sacrificed?

[W]hat is lost when political cartoons are sacrificed completely to avoid conflict? To be sure, these are challenging times for the publications. Cartoonists and other journalists contacted by The Washington Post paint the picture: Smaller papers generally have thinner staffs and fewer resources, which means they rely largely on relatively inexpensive syndicated cartoons, which are […]

Posted on: Jun 23, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Australian Newspaper Accused of Continuing Racist Cartoon Tradition

From Junkee: The Australian has a long and storied history of just appallingly racist cartoons. There’s something about cartoons being racist that just hits differently — they feel like they should be a more cheery medium, and they are being misused somehow. Anyway, since The Australian’s resident cartoonist Bill Leak went died in 2017, the paper […]

Posted on: Jun 3, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Australian Newspaper Accused of Continuing Racist Cartoon Tradition

Twitter suspends Counterpoint momentarily

No Counterpoint over at Twitter. Also no explanation. The comics group was suspended, apparently for violating “the Twitter Rules.” Which you can read here, but which won’t explain what happened. UPDATE: The account has been restored but, as of 7 pm EST, now has only 96 followers. It had previously had some 10,000. Go give’em some […]

Posted on: May 28, 2020,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

‘Close to Home’ Cancelled in Canada – updated

Cartoonist John McPherson’s Close to Home comic panel was cancelled by Postmedia newspapers after running a cartoon deemed offensive: Postmedia, owners of the National Post and dozens of papers across Canada, has cancelled a syndicated cartoon after an “offensive” post was published that depicted the Lone Ranger and Tonto in a bar. “Last Friday, an […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 4 Comments

Newspaper Apologises for Transphobic Cartoon

The Morning Star, a British daily, apologized Sunday for a cartoon it ran Tuesday: The Morning Star apologises unreservedly for the publication last Tuesday of a cartoon which was offensive to trans people. The cartoon had not been authorised for publication and its appearance in the print edition represents a failure to follow our own […]

Posted on: Feb 23, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Newspaper Apologises for Transphobic Cartoon

Swipe File – The Sipress Christmas Hanukkah

Cartoonist David Sipress recently had one of his New Yorker cartoons co opted for use in a conceptual art exhibit. Or as David says, “I wuz robbed.” David, in The New Yorker, tells of the appropriation: This is my original drawing of the cartoon. Haendel took my cartoon and reproduced it exactly in a different […]

Posted on: Feb 5, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Controversies, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Swipe File – The Sipress Christmas Hanukkah

Swipe File – Calvin Peeing

Twenty years ago the bootlegged decal was ubiquitous, and illegal (still is). First things first—Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson says he has nothing to do with the lewd caricature of his beloved Calvin. Watterson was vehemently against licensing his creation for merchandising, and that includes the stickers that “cheapened and corrupted” the comics. Watterson never […]

Posted on: Feb 5, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Crime, Legal, Comments: 1 Comment

Je Suis Charlie – Cinq Ans Après

The current issue of Charlie Hebdo is a special about The New Censors. (Google translation)   AlterNet looks at French humor on the fifth anniversary of the horrible terror attack: Before 2015, about 40,000 people read Charlie Hebdo each week. Given that many hundreds of thousands declared “je suis Charlie”, most were clearly not regular […]

Posted on: Jan 7, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Anniversaries, Caricature, Cartooning, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Je Suis Charlie – Cinq Ans Après

Measles Cartoon “Went Far Beyond…Acceptable”

The New Zealand Media Council, a self-regulatory body funded by industry, has ruled that the Garrick Tremain “spots” cartoon “has no redeeming qualities.” The New Zealand Media Council’s findings relating to the Tremain cartoon: Cartoonists employ wit, satire, exaggeration, caricature and humour to make a point.A few deft stokes of the pen and a few […]

Posted on: Dec 22, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Measles Cartoon “Went Far Beyond…Acceptable”

Adam Ellis Calls Out Company For Stealing Art, Gets Response

Cartoonist Adam Ellis called out a Malaysian company for using his comic strip art in an advertising campaign without permission, notification, or compensation. Shopee Malaysia has apologised after being called out by cartoonist and former Buzzfeed writer Adam Ellis for stealing one of his comics to promote its 12.12. Birthday Sale. In a tweet last […]

Posted on: Dec 15, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Controversies, Legal, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Adam Ellis Calls Out Company For Stealing Art, Gets Response

Disney Gets 3 Golden Globes Nominations, But…

Cartoon Brew is reporting the nominations for the Golden Globes Animation category. It’s a stellar result for Disney, which picked up nominations for its three animated releases of the year: Toy Story 4, The Lion King, and Frozen 2. For the first time since 2012, the House of Mouse accounts for a majority of the […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2019,  Section: Animation, Awards, Controversies, Comments: Comments Off on Disney Gets 3 Golden Globes Nominations, But…

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Journalists in Revolt

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette journalists, already on a voluntary byline strike, are said to be contemplating walking out and starting their own newspaper. From Jekko: According to a source, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette union members secretly plan to walk off their jobs and start their own paper. This news comes days after PG Newsroom voted “No Confidence“ in their […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Journalists in Revolt

The Future Is … Deference to Mainland China

A bit out of my wheelhouse, but… Though there was no intention to offend, DC Comics has decided that the better part of valor is submission to the vagaries of Mainland China’s whims. From Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post: A new Batman comic book series has landed the Caped Crusader in the middle of […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Controversies, International, Comments: Comments Off on The Future Is … Deference to Mainland China