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CSotD: The Futility of Fighting Fanatics

Tom Tomorrow demonstrates a pair of things Constant Readers have read here more than once. One of the most devastating tools in the journalist’s box is to simply quote a source accurately. It’s not that “you can’t make this stuff up.” It’s that you don’t have to. It adds up, in this case, to a […]

Posted on: Aug 16, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Kevin Kallaugher & the Art of Editorial Cartooning

Grotesquerie is Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher’s bread and butter. For fifty years the cartoonist has rendered newsmakers in a fleshy museum of knobbly noses, splayed teeth, dewlaps, wattles, and vast foreheads. He’s produced some 10,000 cartoons for the Baltimore Sun and The Economist—in 1978 he became the first cartoonist hired by the latter—and his work is […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Profiles, Comments: 0 Comments

Miscellaneous Monday: Editoons and Comic Strips

I won the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights journalism award for cartooning last May… The check for winning arrived a couple of weeks ago and last night, or sometime during the day (I’m not sure when), the trophy arrived. A couple days ago Clay Jones received his RFK Award trophy.   © Kevin Fagan Kevin […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Protecting the Public’s Right Not To Know

I wish I liked Joel Pett’s cartoon a little more. He’s right, for the first four panels, about the ways Republicans double back on their stated principles and betray public trust, but he stumbles in that fifth panel, because the GOP only disapproved of the riots and attempted coup for about 48 hours before they […]

Posted on: Aug 14, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

New Book – America’s Most Influential Journalist: The Life, Times and Legacy of Thomas Nast

This 830-page biography contains 1,000 Nast cartoons, illustrations, sketches, and paintings. 800 from Harper’s Weekly, the balance from other rare publications including Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper (25), New-York Illustrated News (47), Phunny Phellow (19), a comic paper that Nast contributed to from 1859-1873 100 cartoons on related topics by 20 other artists like Joseph Keppler […]

Posted on: Aug 13, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Snapshot at a Moving Target

Given the late-breaking nature of Merrick Garland’s address yesterday afternoon, and the later revelation by the Washington Post that the target of the DOJ search warrant included nuclear secrets, it’s hard to evaluate the cartoons and other commentary that has emerged this morning. Still, opinions will be set, some in stone, by these takes, no […]

Posted on: Aug 12, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Taos News Editorial Cartoonist Bill Baron Retires

Bill Baron, who has contributed editorial cartoons and comic strips to The Taos News for more than 20 years, has decided to retire from being a regular part of the newspaper. Bill Baron drew his first cartoons for the Taos News more than 20 years ago, and this week we publish his last (regularly scheduled) […]

Posted on: Aug 11, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Posted Political Cartoon on Facebook, Got Fired

Posting an Aislin (Terry Mosher) political cartoon to her personal Facebook page cost a flight attendant her job. A former Delta Air Lines flight attendant is suing the Atlanta-based carrier after she was sacked for posting a cartoon of then President Donald Trump wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood on her Facebook profile. Taylor was […]

Posted on: Aug 11, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: What’s so funny?

I’m blaming Rico Schacherl for inspiring today’s blend of comedy and serious thought, which is pretty much his brand anyway. But I wasn’t sure whether to put this one under humor or politics, because it’s funny but no, it’s not, which goes way beyond Homer Simpson’s “It’s funny ’cause it’s true.” There’s a difference between […]

Posted on: Aug 11, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: On the Eve

Scott Stantis sits out on a lonely limb, preserving his professional identity as a conservative while also maintaining personal decency, which results in a cartoon like this. It shouldn’t be necessary to identify a conservative as thoughtful and decent, but here we are, and Stantis’s take on the FBI search is one of the few […]

Posted on: Aug 10, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments

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Wednesday August 10, 2022 Memes, Editorial Cartoons, and Visual Journalism: Lessons for Your Classroom Wednesday, August 10, 2022 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT Editorial cartooning is a powerful form of opinion journalism with a long history of effecting change and holding powerful individuals accountable. While the craft has evolved—even shaping contemporary forms of […]

Posted on: Aug 9, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic Books, Editorial cartooning, Events, webinar, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Moving on, moving up, moving out

A bit of rational exuberance from David Rowe as the FBI executes a search warrant on the Trump residence at Mar A Lago. I’m impressed by the number of cartoonists who leapt into the saddle last evening after Trump announced that the feds were picking on him, but Rowe gets the award for not simply […]

Posted on: Aug 9, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Chinese Cartoonists’ Take on Nancy Pelosi

Chinese media outlets have mocked U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan with a series of unflattering cartoons. Pelosi’s visit to the self-ruled island last week sparked a furor from China, with Beijing announcing on Monday that it was extending its military exercises in the Taiwan Strait. China has also cut off defense and […]

Posted on: Aug 8, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: With the Fringe in the Driver’s Seat

On the Fastrack (KFS) took a detour last week from office politics to the larger kind as Dethany’s military mother came by to warn her about being tracked on her phone. The story arc begins here, with Dethany deleting information, but then her mother reminds her that simply getting rid of the obvious “tells” won’t […]

Posted on: Aug 8, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Disgusting, Gut-Wrenching, Despicable, Callous…

Letters to the Editor: Eastern Kentuckians react to Joel Pett’s cartoon on flooding. From The Lexington Herald-Leader: Editor’s Note: A number of readers contacted the Herald-Leader and submitted letters about Joel Pett’s political cartoon on flooding in Eastern Kentucky. The Herald-Leader is running a sampling of those letters. “The intention of the drawing was to […]

Posted on: Aug 6, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment