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CSotD: Gender issues

I saw Greg Kearney’s cartoon before I heard the news that someone is petitioning the Supreme Court to declare draft registration unconstitutional. Which it is, but the Biden administration is asking the Court not to take a second look until Congress has had a chance to review the matter. Apparently, they’re waiting for Joe Manchin […]

Posted on: Apr 17, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! – Earth Day Pulp

  BC © John Hart Studios; Paperback cologne from Demeter Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for April 2021 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Trots and Bonnie     If You’re Cracked, You’re Happy: The History of […]

Posted on: Apr 16, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CagleCartoons Dips Toe Into the NFT Market

Daryl Cagle, this weekend, is entering the world of cryptocurrency. I’m a newspaper editorial cartoonist. The decline of newspapers has dragged my profession down … Cartoonists are on the front lines of journalism — but we struggle to pay the rent. Daryl anticipates a new revenue source for cartoonists. Crazy sales figures and global media […]

Posted on: Apr 16, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Technology, Comments: 1 Comment

News Site Defaces Then Posts Steve Breen Cartoon

The alternative news site OB Rag, which serves the Ocean Beach area of San Diego, took a San Diego Union-Tribune cartoon by Steve Breen, changed it dramatically, and then posted it on their website. The site showed their altered version under the heading “We Added Some Color to Steve Breen’s Pro-War Editorial Cartoon”: Granted they […]

Posted on: Apr 16, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Utah Delegation Condemns Pat Bagley Cartoon

The Utah congressional delegation (Sens. Mitt Romney and Mike Lee and Reps. Blake Moore, Chris Stewart and John Curtis) made it plain they are not happy with a Pat Bagley cartoon that poked at fellow Utah Congressman Burgess Owens. Pat compared Rep. Owens recent comments at the U.S. southern border to remarks from the past. […]

Posted on: Apr 16, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Withdrawal pains

Let’s start by saying it could be worse: This isn’t a cartoon but a classic illustration by Elizabeth Butler of the British army withdrawing from Afghanistan in 1842. The march to Jalalabad began with 4,000 soldiers and 12,000 civilian supporters, but was reduced to badly wounded ass’t surgeon William Brydon, alone on a pony that […]

Posted on: Apr 16, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Updates: Frank Jacobs, Mark Trail, Matt Bors

Updating some items that were posted here earlier. photo via Doug Gilford The New York Times has printed their obituary for Frank Jacobs. Frank Jacobs, an inventive satirist who in his 57 years at Mad magazine mocked popular culture and politics, often in pitch-perfect verse and lyrics, died on April 5 in Tarzana, Calif… Mr. […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

Jon Penfold Folds, Lays Down His Pen

I’m hanging up my hat. Or perhaps it would be more appropriate to say, I’m putting down my pen. Either way, I have decided to retire. But not from this column. Don’t worry about that. I still plan on contributing rants, musings, guidance and advice on the topic of writing for the foreseeable future. No, […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Spinning out of control

This Steve Kelley (Creators) comic provoked some back-and-forth on Facebook, and let me start off by giving Kelley props for responding. Too many cartoonists set up Facebook and Twitter pages and then leave them untended. Either join the conversation or, if all you want is publicity, buy an ad. But here’s what matters, and it […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: A Break in the Doom

This K Chronicles brought me back to my (second) senior year in college, when my wife and I canceled our Chicago paper because it was such a downer. We still got the South Bend Tribune, whose editorial page was also depressing but which at least was not a compendium of murders. Ignoring problems doesn’t make […]

Posted on: Apr 14, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 12 Comments

CSotD: A Nation of Bland Restatements

Suddenly, there’s a lot going on, so we’ll let Tom Tomorrow start us off with the equivalent of the five-minute NPR news wrap-up at the top of the hour before we dig into any details. The bland-restatement format used in This Modern World and some other altie comics tends to fall flat in good times […]

Posted on: Apr 13, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Childish Gambits

I can counter-quote Mr. Boffo:  You coulda had class. You coulda been a political commentator. You coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what you are, let’s face it. Being a grown up ruins everything. Juxtaposition of the Day (The Argyle Sweater – AMS) (Too Much Coffee Man – AMS) F’rinstance, I’ll admit […]

Posted on: Apr 12, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Ben Garrison Cartoon Altered Without Permission

A year ago conservative cartoonist Ben Garrison created an editorial cartoon illustrating a conspiracy theory involving Bill Gates and Covid-19 and vaccines. © GrrrGraphics That was in March of 2020, now a year later an altered form of the cartoon has appeared. According to Business Insider Elon Musk tweeted out the altered comic. Tesla CEO […]

Posted on: Apr 11, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Overthinking the Funnies

Today’s Zits (KFS) stopped me in my tracks, not because it’s funny, which it is, but because my first response after that dissolved into uncertainty: What would you — as Jeremy and his buds — play for a dance at a retirement community? First of all, not the stuff your parents always have on the […]

Posted on: Apr 11, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

CSotD: C’est le weekend

Wasn’t sure where to start today, but once the headline suggested itself, it became obvious this Pearls Before Swine (AMS) was the obvious opener, since Franglais gives editors the collywobbles. Regular readers know my opinion that about 97% of people who obsess over grammatical rules cannot write their names in the dirt with a stick, […]

Posted on: Apr 10, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 11 Comments