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Of Pultizers and Things

For reasons unexplained, the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning was not awarded in 1923, 1936, 1960, 1965, 1973, and 2021. It may have been because all competitors in those years fell below the standard of excellence fixed by the Pulitzer Board, the governing body that meets twice annually, once to appoint nominating jurors in each […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2022,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Awards, Controversies, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: And now, in other news …

Oh, lord, I hope so. Granted, Pat Hudson is an Aussie, not a Pom, but it’s not like the wretched excess was only present in the UK, where I understand it. It was also throughout the former Commonwealth, where, as Hudson suggests, it’s reasonable. But perhaps even there, enough is enough.   Deb Milbrath points […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 10 Comments

CSotD: Der Perfekte Sturmer

Timing is everything in comedy, and today’s Barney & Clyde (WPWG) was excellently timed, coming after the first wave of political ads hit yesterday’s NFL coverage. New Hampshire has shown a relatively steady preference for Democrats, but rarely one-sided, and we’ve not only seen a number of nail-biters in past elections, but have a Republican […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Jerry Holbert – RIP

Editorial cartoonist Jerry Holbert has passed away. Jerry W. Holbert November 9, 1958 – August 2, 2022   From the obituary: Jerry was a talented artist who got his start working for Disney as an animator before beginning his career of 32 years as the political cartoonist for The Boston Herald. He was the recipient […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

While We’ve Been Distracted By Royalty…

While we’ve been distracted by royalty of the British and cartooning kinds the world continued to spin. Here we do some catching up. But before we move on from cartoon royalty… 10 Funniest The Far Side Comics, According To Reddit One of the inspirations for Gary Larson’s popular recurring characters was just honored by his […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Interviews, Publications, Speaking Engagements, sports cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: This Changing World

Granted, David Rowe is an Australian and not a proper Brit, but I take some comfort in not being the only person who has had enough of all this, and, after all, she is on his money. IMHO, he’s right on the money as well. I saw a promo for live coverage of the Queen’s […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 10 Comments

CSotD: Putin on the Fritz

Overseas cartoonists seem to be doing a better job than the Americans of covering the changing war in Ukraine, though, while Christopher Weyant isn’t the only Yank to draw Putin in a blowed-up tank, he’s given him a facial expression of comical surprise, and he’s done the best job of converting Russia’s Z from a […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

And In The End – Andy Marlette & The News Journal

I’ve got great news for all you creeps, crooks and conmen of the Panhandle political class. Grab your champagne and pop your corks — the idiot cartoonist is officially leaving the Pensacola News Journal! Yes, editorial cartoonist Andy Marlette announced early this month that he was leaving the paper where he had been employed since […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on And In The End – Andy Marlette & The News Journal

CSotD: Self-Owns, Own-Goals and Unforced Errors

Mike Smith (KFS) offers a common though often dubious critique, that the Republicans are flooding us with criticism of the Biden administration without proposing any solutions of their own. I say “dubious” because sometimes an act is so clearly foolish that you only need to point it out; you don’t need to specify the non-foolish […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 13 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! An Autumn Overload!

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for September 2022 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Nothing Echoes like an Empty Mailbox  (more about the USPS book)     Ink, Blood, and Linseed Oil    Celebrating 30 […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2022,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: While You Were Out

The headline I really wanted to use derived from a place Then-Wife worked, in which they printed up some of those pink “While You Were Out” notepads but with the heading “While You Were F****** Off,” which would be accurate for today’s discussion but inappropriate overall. To which I will add, as a dire warning, […]

Posted on: Sep 13, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 11 Comments

CSotD: Thank God We’re Surrounded By Water

Ann Telnaes asks a simple question, amid the continuing downpour of corgis and weeping guardsmen and crowns being passed around and royal hats and additional maudlin tributes to someone else’s dead monarch. The answer, of course, is that, yes, we did, and, as noted here previously, we continued for nearly 150 years to view England […]

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

A September Saturday and Such

We mentioned it earlier this month, but Mark Parisi waited until the actual anniversary of Off The Mark to celebrate. © Mark Parisi Mark lets us in on the in-joke at his Facebook page. GoComics notes the anniversary. The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, today announced that it will award Art […]

Posted on: Sep 10, 2022,  Section: Anniversaries, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Events, Magazine cartoons, Reuben, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Oh, Behave Yourselves

The relentless corgi stampede continues, and Dr. MacLeod comments on the lack of imagination and creativity that it represents. I know cartoonists who say they never look at each other’s work because they don’t want to be influenced, which, on the one hand, is like Andy Warhol saying he never looked at Hopper or Dali […]

Posted on: Sep 10, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

CSotD: Of Corgi Dogs and Queens

I wasn’t going to feature any of the 4,000 corgi cartoons today, but David Rowe’s is less about the dog than Prince Charles, or, I suppose, King Charles III. I just finished “The Guns of August,” Barbara Tuchman’s classic book about the opening of World War I, and what struck me in particular was that […]

Posted on: Sep 9, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments