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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

CSotD: I’ve been thrown out of classier joints

  Well, I stand by yesterday’s post, and I’m glad that it — and JP Trostle’s “epic rant” — got said before Columbia University and their Pulitzer Committee delivered that stunning mean-girl snub because otherwise it might sound like sour grapes. As I wrote then The Pulitzers do reward good work. But they’re still just […]

Posted on: Jun 12, 2021,  Section: Awards, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Scott Adams Creates G- and PG-rated Dilbert NFTs

Cartoonist Scott Adams has created and is selling two NFT versions of a Dilbert comic strip – identical except for a curse word added to one of them. On his twitter feed Scott explains: For those who wonder, NFTs are digital art that is collectible because the original is registered on the blockchain. Yes, anyone […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Controversies, Technology, Comments: 3 Comments

NFT! WTF?

PORTLAND, Ore., March 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The VC comic strip, a parody of the venture capital industry that was a huge hit with Silicon Valley insiders during the 1990’s dot-com era, has offered its very first comic for auction as an NFT (non-fungible token.) The sale of the property, titled The VC 1.0 combines a true […]

Posted on: Apr 3, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Technology, Comments: 1 Comment

Th. Nast Should Follow Dr. Seuss to the Dustbin

[T]he banishment of Dr. Seuss raises the question as to why another, and far more deliberate, the proponent of racist imagery, is habitually given a pass: Thomas Nast. Thomas Nast is frequently credited as “The Father of the Political Cartoon.” Nast is credited with creating the popular image of Santa Clause, the use of the […]

Posted on: Mar 17, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Charlie Hebdo Cartoon Outrages Royalists

A front page Charlie Hebdo cartoon by Juin on the recent House of Windsor/Mehgan Markle kerfuffle has outraged fans of the monarchy, and foes of racism for a disturbing riff on George Floyd’s death. Reactions as collected by OyeYeah: “This is nothing but racist bigotry and inciting hate” “Charlie Hebdo is a racist rag” “Appalling […]

Posted on: Mar 14, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Charlie Hebdo Cartoon Outrages Royalists