Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hellraising Magazine of the 60s

Steven Heller in Print.

Bertrand Russell by Norman Rockwell

In the 1960s, San Francisco’s youth culture of acid rock, underground comix, radical lifestyle movements and, not least, progressive counter-culture journalism (including newsprint tabs like Rolling Stone, The Berkeley Barb and the San Francisco Oracle) shocked and awed the world.

But even more threatening to the established order for their guile and grit were two monthly magazines that went head to toe with the status quo: Ramparts (1962–1975) and Scanlan’s (1970–1971).

Monday, September 18, 2017

50 years of Aislin

Every Monday in 2017, the Montreal Gazette features an Aislin cartoon drawn over the past 50 years, with a backstory for each.

A caricature of North Vietnam leader Ho Chi Minh from the early 70s.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Censorship at the European Parliament

On the Keep Talking Greece website.

Cartoon by Dimitris Georgopalis

Member of the European Parliament, Stelios Kouloglou (SYRIZA), has denounced an unprecedented form of censorship by the European Union.

The censorship was imposed on the caricatures of 12 Greek caricatures that were to participate in an exhibition on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"Prime Suspects: Canada’s Prime Ministers in Caricature" Exhibition

From The Chronicle Herald.

Cover of the exhibition catalogue.

When it came to Canada’s prime ministers, Bruce MacKinnon decided he had to catch ’em all.

MacKinnon, the award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Chronicle Herald since 1985, had a bit of a head start assembling his collection of likenesses of the nation’s leaders, but he was understandably light on works depicting Sir Mackenzie Bowell and R.B. Bennett.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ottawa International Animation Festival

From the festival website.

Poster by Elise Simard

From September 20-24, 2017 downtown Ottawa will once again be the stage where you can enjoy the world's most cutting-edge, thoughtful, funny and provocative animation films while mingling with many of animation's most celebrated stars, studios and characters.

Friday, September 8, 2017

How Condé Nast Put the Squeeze on New Yorker Cartoonists

Seth Simons in Paste Magazine.


In late June, cartoonists for The New Yorker received an email from Condé Nast, the magazine’s parent company.

“We wanted to take an opportunity to reacquaint you with the ecosystem of services that Condé Nast and The New Yorker offer to cartoonists,” reads the email, signed by Courtney Ercolino, Director of Image Licensing. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Art Director and Author Steven Heller

Mariam Aldhahi in Magenta.


School of Visual Arts’s Steven Heller has helped launch dozens of high-profile design careers. To his protégés, he seems like the ultimate insider — but he didn’t start out that way.

Friday, September 1, 2017

"Last Girl Standing" by Trina Robbins


Underground cartoonist Trina Robbins has done it all! She ran one of the hippest fashion boutiques in the East Village, mingled with rock stars and produced feminist art by putting together the first all-woman comics anthology in the 1970s.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

London Police reinvestigate 1987 murder of Palestinian cartoonist

From The Guardian.


London's Metropolitan police appeals for information over the death of Palestinian cartoonist Naji Salim Hussain al-Ali, who died after being shot in a Knightsbridge street on July 22, 1987.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Newseum is in deep trouble

Margaret Sullivan in The Washington Post.


The Newseum opened as the journalism industry tanked. No wonder it’s in deep trouble.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"50 Cartoons and More on Women " by Doaa el-Adl

From Fast Company.


Egyptian artist Doaa el-Adl published last March the first caricature book (translated into English and French) dealing with controversial issues facing women in Egypt and The Middle East.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Winners of the 2nd World Humor Awards

From World Humor Awards.



The winners of the 2nd edition of World Humor Awards were announced this week and the 185 works submitted by 102 different authors will be on display September 1-10 in the meeting room and in the veranda of the Baistrocchi Baths in Salsomaggiore, Italy.

The theme of the contest was "Artificial Civilization".

Thursday, August 24, 2017

MacKay Cartoon Stirs Controversy


Hamilton Spectator cartoonist Graeme MacKay had to delete the above cartoon from his Facebook page because of the abusive comments it generated.

Here is what he wrote:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Turkey’s Embattled Political Cartoonists

From The Wall Street Journal.

The April 2015 cover of the Turkish cartoon magazine Penguen, which closed this summer.
The headline reads, ‘We Continue to Draw,’ with an image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A Turkish tradition of satire and caricatures is disappearing in the age of Twitter and Erdogan.

Friday, August 18, 2017

"The First and Only Book of Sack"

From KARE-TV.


For 36 years, Steve Sack has summed up community outrage, national tragedy, and political foibles by putting pen to paper. He is the venerable editorial cartoonist for the Star Tribune.

As part of the Star Tribune's 150th anniversary celebration, Sack is releasing a book showcasing some of the thousands of cartoons he's created over the years.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pat Oliphant on Donald Trump

Matt Grubs in the Santa Fe Reporter.



After 60 years of editorial cartooning, Pat Oliphant wonders how the art form will survive.

At 81, Pat Oliphant’s eyes are finally giving him enough trouble that he’s no longer drawing regularly. He hasn’t stopped thinking about it, though. And it’s torture.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Trump Retweets Altered Cartoon

From The New York Times.


Someone altered a January 2017 original cartoon from editorial cartoonist Gary Varvel and wiped out his signature.

President Trump then shared the cartoon on Twitter with a CNN logo covering the person’s head, three days after a fatal collision in Charlottesville, Va.

Mr. Trump deleted his retweet minutes later.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Q&A with New Yorker cartoonist Paul Noth

From Columbia Journalism Review.


Plenty of Trump-focused political cartoons have circulated the web and social networks since Election Day but this one has drawn particular viral attention.

Paul Noth, the New Yorker cartoonist who drew it, sold it to the magazine back in January of last year and figured it would never appear.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mexican Cartoonist 'Rius' Dies at 83

From Tele Sur.


Mexican cartoonist and writer Eduardo del Rio, widely known as Rius, died Tuesday at the age of 83 in Tepoztlan, in the state of Morelos, Mexico.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Chicago Tribune Cartoonist Dick Locher dies at 88

From his AAEC Profile.



Dick Locher’s ability to capture the absurdities of life through political cartooning culminated in his winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and garnering top honors from the the Sigma Delta Chi/ Society of Professional Journalists in the same year.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

You Might Be From Hamilton If...

From MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc.


The Hammer. The Ambitious City. Steel town. 
Canada's tenth largest city, Hamilton, Ontario, has been called a lot of things. But Hamiltonians, near and far, know they can always come home to a place that has a rich history--and a lot of amusing stories only locals would know. 
In comes Graeme MacKay, the editorial cartoonist for the Hamilton Spectator. As a Hamiltonian born and bred, he knows this city's quirks, its characters and its love affair with being the underdog to Toronto's "Centre of the Universe" mentality. 
With more than 120 cartoons, MacKay illustrates what so many people have come to love (and perhaps cringe a little) about this port city. 
Founding father, George Hamilton, would be proud.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Trial of "Cumhuriyet" Cartoonist Musa Kart

Jude Terror in Bleeding Cool.

This cartoon by Cumhuriyet cartoonist Musa Kart led to an 2014 arrest.
It shows Edrogan looking the other way from a money laundering scheme inside the government.

Last November, journalists from Turkey’s opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet were arrested as part of a political crackdown by the Turkish government responding to a failed coup that almost ousted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the previous July.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Daily Funnies: An Exhibition of Strip Cartoons

From the Cartoon Museum.

Cartoon by Steven Appleby

"Daily Funnies: An Exhibition of Strip Cartoons" will open to the public on July 25th..

The exhibition will feature examples of many well-known cartoon strips from British newspapers and magazines from the past 100 years. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The AAEC condemns the firing of editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson


The Board of Directors of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has released a statement on Nick Anderson and his firing by the Houston Chronicle and Hearst Communications:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The CPERB vs. Annie Leibovitz

Leah Sandals in Canadian Art.

Merryl Streep by Annie Leibovitz

Reports this week of the latest financial problem for American photographer Annie Leibovitz—who in 2009 nearly had to file for bankruptcy and in 2010 was sued by a company who says it was unpaid for helping to restructure her debt—have unexpectedly placed a spotlight on a little-known Canadian group called the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

"Blitt"


Riverhead Books will publish this October a long-awaited collection of Barry Blitt's work including many never before seen cartoons, sketches and drafts.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Cartoonist Nick Anderson Laid Off from the Houston Chronicle


Houston Chronicle cartoonist Nick Anderson announced today on his Facebook page that he was the latest victim of the layoffs in the newspaper industry.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Editorial Cartooning in Canada

An update of the article published in The Canadian Encyclopedia.

The Hecklers: A History of Canadian Political Cartooning (1979), Peter Desbarats and Terry Mosher.

The art of the political cartoon as we know it in Canada today began in the 1870s when John W. Bengough (1851-1923) started publishing the satirical magazine Grip.

In its pages, Bengough pilloried Canada's first prime minister, John A. Macdonald, and since then each prime minister has had an alterego with a sketchpad:

Friday, July 7, 2017

Clay Jones declines award from Iran’s Trump cartoon contest

Michael Cavna in The Washington Post.


Virginia cartoonist Clay Jones discovered this week that a cartoon of his lampooning the president had been awarded a citation in the Trumpism Cartoon and Caricature Contest, as announced Monday by Iran’s House of Cartoon in Tehran. 

His cartoon spoofed Time magazine’s 2016 selection of Trump as “person of the year” by drawing a comparison to Hitler, whom Time named its “man of the year” in 1938.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The AAEC 2017 Annual Convention

From the AAEC website.

Cartoon by Matt Davies

The 2017 Annual Convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, hosted by Matt Davies (Newsday) and AAEC President Ann Telnaes (Washinton Post) will be held November 1-4 at Hofstra University in Hempstead (Long Island), New York in conjonction with the Satire & the City: Political Cartoon & Satire Festival.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Comic artists draw out stories from resettled Syrian refugees

From PBS Newshour.


A Vancouver comic book collective is working closely with refugees like Mohammed Alsaleh, who fled from Syria, to help them tell their stories.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Brian Gable Named to the Order of Canada


The Order of Canada is receiving 99 new members, including Globe and Mail editorial cartoonist Brian Gable.
Here is the full list of new members.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

You Might Be from Canada If...

From Nimbus Publishing.


You Might Be From Canada If… is an examination of Canada at 150 by one of the country’s great cartoonist.

Michael de Adder draws for the Toronto Star as well as for the Hill Times and The Chronicle Herald.  His You Might Be From series of books have sold more than 50,000 copies.

Friday, June 30, 2017

New Yorker cartoon trolls Trump for fake Time magazine cover

From Yahoo Finance.



A sharp New Yorker cartoon by John Mavroudis lampoons President Donald Trump for the fake Time magazine covers recently found to be hanging in some of his hotels.

The New Yorker joked in the description of the cartoon that it was "one of President Trump's prized possessions."

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Troubling similarities at the Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition

From Karikatür Haber.

Cartoons by Ross Thompson, unknown and Matt Davies.

The Karikatür Haber website has drawn attention to disturbing similarities between some cartoons that were rewarded at the 34th edition of the Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition and works which have won prizes in the past.

Some likeness are quite blatant whereas others should be given the benefit of the doubt.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

R.O. Blechman’s Ink Tank archive finds a home

Steven Heller in Print.

Still from The Soldier’s Tale

R.O. Blechman’s Ink Tank archive will have a home within the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University.

The Ink Tank archive includes the production materials for more than 350 commercials as well as the films Simple Gifts and The Soldier’s Tale, based on the Stravinsky composition, plus short animations for NBC, CBS and other clients.

There is an unfinished film version of Candide. But beyond the films and media, there are many, many drawings, animation cels, background paintings, storyboards and other production materials, as well as business materials and documents.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cartoonist Merle Tingley saw humour in the commonplace

Susan Ferrier Mackay in The Globe and Mail.

During the Second World War, Merle Tingley was the official cartoonist for the Canadian army magazine, Khaki. (Canadian Armed Forces)

Editorial cartoonist Merle (Ting) Tingley’s most famous creation was a whimsical worm named Luke. In 1948, the jaunty, pipe-smoking invertebrate wriggled off the tip of Mr. Tingley’s bored pen and into the middle of a highly technical drawing. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Vintage Cartoons at the Library of Congress

From Open Culture.

 “Where there’s smoke there’s fire” by Russell Patterson 

The work of Gillray, George Cruikshank, and other famous cartoon artists of the “golden Georgian age” (1770-1820) appear in a British Collection that showcases “approximately 9,000 prints” highlighting “British political life, society, fashion, manners, and theater.” 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Chuck Asay announces retirement

From the AAEC website.


Long-time political cartoonist Chuck Asay has announced his retirement. Again.

Asay stepped down from his post at the Colorado Springs Gazette in 2007, but continued to draw for Creators Syndicate until 2013.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Second Prize in the "Land Degradation and Climate" Cartoon Contest


The jury of the International Editorial Cartoon Competition, under the theme "Land Degradation and Climate: Europe and the World Facing the Ultimate Borders", selected 33 drawings to be exhibited at the Strasbourg City Hall from June 26 to 30 as part of the Desertification Summit 2017.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why Newspapers Need to Invest More in Political Cartoons

Rob Tornoe in Editor & Publisher.


After an era marked by downsizing and low morale, many newspapers are experiencing a rebirth of their journalistic vigor thanks to the campaign and subsequent election of Donald Trump as president.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Sunday Times and Gerald Scarfe part ways

From The Times.




Today, after a remarkable 50 years, we say goodbye to Gerald Scarfe. For half a century his superb weekly Sunday Times cartoons have lacerated generations of British political leaders from Harold Wilson to Theresa May. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Create the National Portrait Gallery of Canada

From Change Org.






There are strong rumours that Justin Trudeau will NOT allow the former U.S. Embassy across from Parliament Hill to be used for the creation of a long-recommended National Portrait Gallery of Canada but will use it instead for political purposes.

PLEASE show your support for creating such a gallery NOW before it is too late!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Carl Giles Cartoon Exhibition

From Eventbrite.


The Political Cartoon Gallery will be presenting an exhibition of Carl Giles’s original cartoons, to be opened by Alan Frame, a former editor of the Daily Express on Tuesday 4 July.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The 2017 George Townsend Award


Since 2015, the Association  of Canadian Cartoonists has presented the George Townsend Award, named after the first Canadian cartoonist, to the member of the association it deems to have created the best drawing of the year.


Bruce MacKinnon of The Halifax Chronicle-Herald won the honour this year, followed by retired Ottawa Sun cartoonist Sue Dewar.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Seth on Virtual Memories podcast

From Chimera Obscura.


In the episode 220 of Virtual Memories, cartoonist Seth talks about Palookaville, making a living, his changing relationship to comics and cartoonists, his retrospection on the ’90s cohort he came up with, the creative sanctity of the studio and the creation of art no one will see, finishing his Clyde Fans serial after 20 years (and what he wants to work on next), being the subject of a documentary, seeing his work animated, doing collaborative work, taking up photography, a key lesson he learned about marriage, the disadvantages of being a people pleaser, why Kickstarter may be like an IQ test, and more!