Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Texas Governor Rick Perry Blasts Ohman Cartoon

Michael Cavna in Comic Riffs.

Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee

Jack Ohman wasn’t just surprised by his satirical target’s response. He was stunned.
“Not just by the massive response,” Ohman tells Comic Riffs, “but to the willful misinterpretation of the cartoon.”

Monday, April 29, 2013

23 Cartoonists Enlist in Campaign to End Gun Violence


Alan Gardner in The Daily Cartoonist.


An organized campaign by over 900 mayors across the US to support gun control efforts in Washington has launched a video featuring 23 cartoonists who are supporting the effort. The video is calledCartoonists Demand Action to End Gun Violence.

Participating cartoonists include:
Lalo Alcaraz, Bill Amend, Ruben Bolling, Jim Borgman, Steve Brodner, Roz Chast, Jeff Keane, Rick Kirkman, Peter Kuper, Mike Luckovich, David Mazzucchelli, Stephan Pastis, Mike Peters, Lincoln Pierce, Dan Piraro, Ted Rall, Dave Roman, Jerry Scott, Art Spiegelman, Raina Telgemeier, Tom Tomorrow, Garry Trudeau, and Mo Willems.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

"Herblock: The Black & White"

Steven Heller in The Atlantic.


The new documentary Herblock: The Black & White shows how one editorial caricaturist's ideals persisted over the decades—and still matter today.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Rob Rogers wins the 2012 Thomas Nast Award

From the Overseas Press Club of America website.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers is the winner of the 2012 Thomas Nast Award.

According to his editors, Rob Rogers "enrages" and "infuriates" some readers in Pittsburgh. 
The Overseas Press Club Committee presumes he delights many more with his deft application of humor to serious subjects from around the globe. 
He executes the cartoonist's mission: to inform, entertain and spark discussion of world events.

Rob Rogers's website 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Daryl Cagle Taken to Task Over Miranda Rights' Cartoon

From Ted Rall's blog.


I’m a busy guy... but every now and then an existential threat presents itself that requires you to stop whatever you’re doing and respond.

Daryl Cagle is an existential threat, the Osama bin Laden of American editorial cartooning. His relentless quest to squeeze every cent out of the industry keeps leading him to new lows: aggregating cartoons into huge packages in which the cartoonists make pennies but he’s a multimillionaire (like Arianna!), repurposing editorial cartoons over and over to save time, encouraging the worst ethical practices, including undercutting already rock-bottom reprint rates, censoring comments posted by fellow political cartoonists who disagree with him from online forums, and of course plagiarism.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ted Rall Blasts Boston Marathon Cartoons

Ted Rall's April 18 post on Rallblog:

When I talk about shitty editorial cartooning, there is no better time to point to examples of the crap that ruin this profession then the maudlin pabulum that follows tragic mass deaths. The bombing in Boston earlier this week was a boon to America’s imagination-challenged political cartoonists. Those of us to actually care about this field sent a bunch of these around by email to make fun of them, but I thought it would be interesting to share them with you to see your reactions. I’m always amazed to read the comments section under these things when they appear online. So many people like them! Is something wrong with them, or is there something wrong with me? You be the judge.



Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Rejection Slip

From Letters of Note.



"The Rejection Slip," by Tom Hudson, as published in Mad magazine, July 1963 (Issue No.80).

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Dwane Powell inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame

Steve Riley in The News & Observer.



Like most readers, I first encountered Dwane Powell in the newspaper, not in person.

I had just moved here to work at The News & Observer. One morning in July 1986, his editorial cartoon depicted Ed Meese, then the U.S. attorney general, who had been leading a fairly aggressive commission looking into pornography.

Dwane’s take: Meese, emerging from a dark alley, readjusting his belt. He had just attacked a prone female figure labeled “Civil Liberties.”

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Aislin: Trudeau, Justin and I

From The Gazette archives, Terry Mosher (Aislin) takes us on a historical ride with both Trudeau father and son.



Pierre Trudeau once famously said: “Just watch me.” So I did – along with every other Canadian. Now we’re doing the same with his son, Justin, who clearly enjoys being watched.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Steve Sack wins Pulitzer Prize

This year’s Pulitzer Prize is awarded to Steve Sack of the the Star Tribune, in Minneapolis, for his “diverse collection of cartoons, using an original style and clever ideas to drive home his unmistakable point of view”.

Steve Sack, Star Tribune, April 13, 2012

Monday, April 15, 2013

WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story Of American Superheroines


WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story Of American Superheroines traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.

The trailer:

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mrs Thatcher and the World Cartoonists

Carol Hills from PRI's The World.

Tom, Trouw, The Netherlands



Political cartoonists around globe are remembering Margaret Thatcher. Some not so fondly.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

"Dear Mr. Watterson"



Calvin & Hobbes dominated the Sunday comics in thousands of newspapers for over 10 years, having a profound effect on millions of readers across the globe. When the strip’s creator, Bill Watterson, retired the strip on New Year’s Eve in 1995, devoted readers everywhere felt the void left by the departure of Calvin, Hobbes, and Watterson’s other cast of characters, and many fans would never find a satisfactory replacement.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The making of "Lunch with Charles Bronfman" by cartoonist Tony Jenkins


Find out here how artist Anthony Jenkins creates his portraits of Report on Business's interview subjects for The Lunch, while New York bureau chief Joanna Slater describes her meal with one of the wealthiest Canadians in the world.

Anthony Jenkins on how he creates caricatures for The Lunch:

Friday, April 5, 2013

Roger Ebert finally wins the New Yorker cartoon caption contest

From Bob Mankoff's Cartoon Bureau.


I have entered the New Yorker’s Cartoon Caption Contest almost weekly virtually since it began and have never even been a finalist. Mark Twain advised: “Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for.” I have done more writing for free for the New Yorker in the last five years than for anybody in the previous 40 years.
It’s not that I think my cartoon captions are better than anyone else’s, although some weeks, understandably, I do. It’s that just once I want to see one of my damn captions in the magazine that publishes the best cartoons in the world. Is that too much to ask?
Done. To the delight of film fans, film-criticism fans, Caption Contest fans, and Roger Ebert fans—and count me among all of the above—Mr. Ebert has finally fulfilled his quest to win The New Yorker Caption Contest.

Thursday, April 4, 2013