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CSotD: Learning under compulsion

Mr. Fitz gets to open the discussion because cartoonist David Lee Finkle is a for-real teacher who not only works in the classroom but writes books to help other teachers. And who recently reposted this piece on his blog about the difference between making people behave and making them want to learn, in which he […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: They’re here for the socialists

Couldn’t decide whether to start or end with Scott Stantis‘ take, but I don’t suppose it much matters. Martin Niemöller is often quoted, though generally in a kind of philosophical, theoretical manner. First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade […]

Posted on: Jul 21, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Cognitive Testing

There’s a whole lot of mental insufficiency out there, and this Clay Bennett cartoon was filed well before Chris Wallace’s astonishing, dismaying interview with the president (transcript here, video clips everywhere). The Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test is neither an IQ test nor a Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory but basically a quick 10-minute test to see […]

Posted on: Jul 20, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

It’s a Mixed-Up, Muddled-Up, Shook-Up World

So there’s this Counterpoint site where, being fair and* balanced, they present first-run editorial cartoons, in equal measure, from the left side and from the right side of politics. For example here’s the recent cartoon by Scott Stantis, one of their conservative cartoonists: It is fair to say Scott is not enamored with the Republican […]

Posted on: Jul 18, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on It’s a Mixed-Up, Muddled-Up, Shook-Up World

CSotD: Come sit right back and you’ll hear a tale …

  (Dave Granlund) (Tom Toles) (Clay Bennett) They don’t often cooperate like this. Dave Granlund offers a rejoinder to the conservative cartoonists who have accused Biden of refusing to come out and fight, and …   … here are the torpedoes. There’s always been a kind of suspicion that submarines weren’t sporting. Before that, there […]

Posted on: Jul 18, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

The Guardian Won’t Renew Steve Bell Contract

Steve Bell joined The Guardian in 1981, next year the paper won’t renew the cartoonist’s contract. From The Jewish Chronicle: The controversial Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell is to leave the Guardian after 40 years with the newspaper. Mr Bell – who has repeatedly faced claims that some of his drawings where antisemitic and racist – […]

Posted on: Jul 17, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Darrin Bell Signs Two-Book Deal

The Associated Press is reporting that Darrin Bell and Henry Holt & Company have signed an agreement for two books by the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist. The first book, “The Talk,” will be published next year. Holt is calling it “a graphic memoir written as a deeply personal meditation on “the talk” Black parents must have […]

Posted on: Jul 16, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! Summer Reading

above from Half Full by Maria Scrivan Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for July 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   BREAKING LINES $5.00 plus $1.50 p&h. Canada $2.00 p&h to Ken Alvine, 1608 S. […]

Posted on: Jul 16, 2020,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Indeed, the jokes wrote themselves

Yesterday, I predicted that the memes about Ivanka’s Goya ad would come faster than the cartoons. I was wrong, and, while some were better than others, I was impressed with the rapidity with which the professional commentaries appeared. I don’t think that’s a trade-off. My experience is that the cartoonists who drift in a few […]

Posted on: Jul 16, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: The Jokes, they write themselves

Ivanka Trump is out to destroy political cartoonists, though Pat Bagley is willing to rise to the job of bailing water with a pitchfork. Ivanka’s first move was to accept a job promoting the idea that, if you are unemployed, what you should do to solve your problem is get a job. And, if you […]

Posted on: Jul 15, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Cartoonist Ben Garrison Remains Newsworthy

As we reported yesterday a months old Ben Garrison cartoon recently brought the cartoonist into the spotlight when White House aide Dan Scavino used the political cartoon in a concerted effort by the White House to undermine public confidence in Dr. Anthony Fauci. That has resulted in some media outlets profiling Ben, like The Daily […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonist Ben Garrison Remains Newsworthy

CSotD: Laughter is the Best Quackery

Yes, it’s Bastille Day, and Arlo & Janis are celebrating in their backyard, which is where everyone celebrates these days. However, Arlo treads a fine line in saying “No one actually knows” if French fries were invented in Belgium, because the Belgians not only know but if this lockdown ever eases up, you can go […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Kurt Mitchell – RIP

Chicago illustrator/cartoonist Kurt Mitchell has passed away. Kurt Davis Mitchell July 24, 1952 – July 1, 2020 From the obituary: A freelance artist and writer, his work graced the pages of the Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Sun-Times among others. He also worked in video game development. In later years he self-published over a […]

Posted on: Jul 13, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Kurt Mitchell – RIP

Last Week Today – Comic News Roundup

A new weekly comic “Informal Drawings” by Peter Slemen IPWatchdog.com, which focuses on intellectual property issues, now features a new weekly comic: IPWatchdog is pleased to announce the launch of our weekly comic series, brought to you by Wei & Sleman founding partner, Peter Sleman. Peter’s Comic Strip, appropriately named “Informal Drawings”, is a weekly […]

Posted on: Jul 13, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Last Week Today – Comic News Roundup

CSotD: Monday Roundup

Not sure I should lead with Joe Heller’s reminder. I don’t want people freaking out and leaving before they’re enjoyed my pearls of wisdom. Still, the new, improved tax deadline is Wednesday, so if you haven’t filed yet, you’d better get hopping. I was just re-reading a Sunday business feature I wrote years ago about […]

Posted on: Jul 13, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments