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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

That’s Mighty White of You Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss Enterprises (DSE) issued a statement: We are committed to action.  To that end, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, working with a panel of experts, including educators, reviewed our catalog of titles and made the decision last year to cease publication and licensing of the following titles:  And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry […]

Posted on: Mar 6, 2021,  Section: Children's Books, Controversies, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Diverse topics

(Matt Davies — AMS) Rick McKee (Counterpoint)  We’ll start the examination of the Great Dr. Seuss Crisis with a Juxtaposition that contains both the plaint and the answer. First of all, I am not the only one who suspects that the rightwing was desperate to distract us when they leapt upon the decision by Seuss […]

Posted on: Mar 3, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Social Media & Censorship, Liabilities & Protections

image © Dario Castillejos From Daryl Cagle: I run a newspaper syndicate for editorial cartoons and columns. Half of America’s daily, paid-circulation newspapers subscribe to my service, which features about 75 political cartoonists and ten columnists. Sometimes I choose to “kill” a cartoon or column that I think is inappropriate, which often leads to an […]

Posted on: Jan 19, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Sizzling information

  The railroads did not stop growing because the need for passenger and freight transportation declined. That grew. The railroads are in trouble today not because that need was filled by others (cars, trucks, airplanes, and even telephones) but because it was not filled by the railroads themselves. They let others take customers away from them […]

Posted on: Jan 1, 2021,  Section: Controversies, Comments: 8 Comments

Clifford Controversy: Too Big, Wrong Red

Fans of Clifford The Big Red Dog are upset about the live-action movie since they saw CGI Clifford in the newly released movie teaser. Fans say Clifford is the size of a monster and the shade of red is all wrong. Clifford looks weird I don’t like it, why is it realistic clifford is already […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2020,  Section: Animation, Children's Books, Controversies, Movies, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: First Thoughts

There’s a bit of a pissing match breaking out on social media over purported plagiarism, which I’m not going to be too specific about because it is inconsequential and it would be nice if it died out on its own, with both parties a little embarrassed by the whole thing. Instead, the above will serve […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Matt Bors Comic Suppressed By Media

Cartoonist Matt Bors reports: Every outlet that runs my work* declined to publish my most recent comic, which is probably not surprising given the content, but it’s the first time that’s ever happened to me across the board. (*Every outlet except the one I edit, of course.) Apparently no print clients published it and the […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Turkey Trick or Treat

The treat is an opportunity to enter a cartoon competition. In the modern world where violence and discrimination pose a threat to universal and ethical norms, a sense of tolerance is more important than ever. Cartoons are the main pillars of a society based on tolerance and common sense, and open to different ideas and […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Turkey Trick or Treat

An Eighth Grade Social Studies Assignment

An eighth grade social studies assignment has riled some parents. We’ve covered the initial commotion and the cartoonist’s reaction. Here’s the (distant-learning) assignment that is causing all the hubbub.       Cartoonist credits (from top)David FitzsimmonsKallol MajumderElena Steier

Posted on: Aug 26, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

#BoycottScottAdams Trends as Scott Promotes It

I guess Scott Adams believes in the old bromide “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” From Scott’s Twitter feed: The Pop Times article (which cannot be linked to at this time) is, if I am understanding things, a repost of a three week old article from Meaww of July 1. The uproar is (was?) […]

Posted on: Jul 20, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 1 Comment

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