Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Trial Begins for Turkish 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.

Monday, July 24, 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.

This cartoon from 1981shows Pierre Elliott Trudeau planting the Canadian Constitution.

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!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Merle “Ting” Tinley 1922-2017


Merle “Ting” Tingley, the editorial cartoonist for The London Free Press from 1948 to 1986, died last Sunday at the age of 95.

Born and raised in Montreal, he studied art for one year and then worked briefly as a draughtsman until joining the army at the beginning of the Second World War.

Known for his pipe-smoking worm named Luke Worm by a reader, he received the National Newspaper Award for editorial cartooning in 1955.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

6 Films About Comics and Their Creators

From the NFB blog.


Comic strips and comic books are universal art forms, and give their creators a direct line to wide, wide audiences. Some comics are serials, some are satirical, some offer insight, and some just want to make you laugh.

Here is a look, from political cartoonists to the creator of a world-famous superhero, at a variety of comic strips and their creators who have been the subject of an NFB film. 

  • Seth’s Dominion (featuring Seth)
  • Laughter in my Soul (featuring Jacob Maydanyk)
  • The Persistent Peddler (by Claude Cloutier)
  • The Death of Kao-Kuk (a Seth comic animated by Luc Chamberland)
  • The Devil You Know (featuring Todd McFarlane)
  • Understanding the Law: The Worm (by Diane Obomsawin, aka Obom)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The First Woman To Draw ‘Wonder Woman’ Series

Joanna Molloy in Fresh Toast.


Trina Robbins is the artist behind 'The Legend of Wonder Woman,' which envisioned the amazing Amazon with a female focus.

Friday, June 2, 2017

4th Rosemère International Caricature Biennial



The City of Rosemère, in the lower Laurentians, will present, from Friday June 2 to Sunday June 4, the fourth edition of its' International Caricature Biennial, in the H.-J.-Hemens Municipal Library . 

The 2017 edition will be held under the honorary chairmanship of Serge Chapleau, editorial cartoonist at La Presse.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

CNN cuts ties with Kathy Griffin for gruesome Trump video

From CTV News.

Cartoon by Michael Ramirez
Comic Kathy Griffin has lost a decade-long gig ringing in the new year for CNN as a backlash builds over her video displaying a likeness of U.S. President Donald Trump's severed head.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

NFB movies become books

From CBC Books.


The National Film Board of Canada will be adapting celebrated NFB animated and documentary films and media projects into books.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ann Telnaes Wins Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year

From the National Cartoonists Society website.


The recipient of the profession’s highest honor, the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year is chosen by a secret ballot of NCS members and was awarded this year to editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes for her unmatched cartoon coverage of the 2016 election and ensuing Trump Administration. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Pieter De Jaegher wins the 5th Niels Bugge Cartoon Award

From Niels Bugge's website.

Cartoonists Alexandr Pshenyanikov, Pieter De Jaegher and Vladan Nikolic.

Artists from Belgium, Ukraine and Serbia have won the Niels Bugge Cartoon Award focusing this year on communication.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

2017 World Press Cartoon Awards Show

From Fany-blog.


The World Press Cartoon 2017, will announce the nine winners of the various categories on June 10 in Caldas da Rainha.

The 2017 awards will be given to Fernandes, Baptistão (Brazil), Gio (Italy), Bonil (Ecuador), Cost (France), Kountouris (Greece), Alireza Pakdel (Iran), Toshow (Serbia) and Swen (Switzerland).

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Former Detroit News cartoonist Larry Wright dies at 77

From The Detroit News.


Cartoonist Larry Wright died Sunday following a brief illness.

During a 45-year span that began with the Detroit Free Press and spanned more than three decades at The Detroit News, Mr. Wright was known nationally for his comic strips “Wright Angles” and “Kit ‘N’ Carlyle,” as well as for editorial-page cartoons that neatly caricatured the haughty and the hypocritical.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cartoonist Sophie Labelle in hiding after transphobic threats escalate

Ian McGillis in The Montreal Gazette.



Cartoonist Sophie Labelle has achieved a degree of fame with her webcomic Assigned Male, the serialized story of a male-to-female transgender girl named Stephie and her daily life negotiating gender issues in modern-day Montreal.

Friday, May 19, 2017

David Cowles Profiled in AI-AP

From American Illustrator-Photographer.


David Cowles is a Rochester, New York-based illustrator, master caricaturist, animator, and teacher.

His distinctive, colorful, graphic portraits have graced the pages of countless consumer magazines and newspapers. In addition to his print work, Cowles has created a large body of brilliant animated work, for clients such as They Might Be Giants and Sesame Street

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Remembering Mexico's Fallen Journalists

From Humorgrafe.

Cartoon by Guillen

Javier Valdez, the journalist who covered the Mexican narco like no one else, was killed in Sinaloa.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Society of Illustrators' 2017 Hall of Fame Laureates

From the Society of Illustrators.


The Society of Illustrators will be inducting Mort DruckerBart ForbesBurne HogarthAnita KunzGeorge PettyRalph Steadman and Gustaf Tenggren to its' Hall of Fame at an Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63 Street New York, NY

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Victor Juhasz Profiled in AI-AP

From American Illustrator-Photographer.


Victor Juhasz is an Upstate New York-based illustrator and visual reporter who has been, for many years, illustrating the politics column for Rolling Stone, skewering political figures of all kinds with perception and wit.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

2017 Doug Wright Awards

From the Doug Wright Awards' blog.

The "Nipper" trophy was created by Seth.

The winners of the 13th annual Doug Wright Awards, recognizing the best work and most promising talent in Canadian comics, were announced Saturday evening at a ceremony in Toronto. 

One of this year’s winners was a first-time Doug Wright Award nominee, and all three are first-time winners.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ann Telnaes: The barometer of a free press

From Mike Lynch Cartoons.


The Washington Post prints a version of Ann Telnaes' speech that was delivered as the keynote address at the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom luncheon in Ottawa on May 2, 2017. 

It's funny, stunning and true. And it's still going on today. Read her opening salvo below, and go read the entire speech here.

Friday, May 12, 2017

My cartoon in the 5th Niels Bugge Cartoon Awards


This cartoon, originally published in University of Ottawa's Tabaret magazine, was selected, among 1287 entries, for the exhibition and catalogue of the 5th Niels Bugge Cartoon Awards in Viborg, Denmark. The theme was "Communication".

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Report on the Situation of Cartoonists Worldwide

From Yahoo! News.

Illustration by Riber Hansson

Ten countries including Russia, Turkey and India have been condemned for censoring, locking up or threatening cartoonists in a new report published Friday.

The Cartooning for Peace group said cartoonists were increasingly becoming the victims of repressive crackdowns on free speech.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Brian Gable wins National Newspaper Awards 2016

Cartoon by Brian Gable

Brian Gable, cartoonist for The Globe and Mail, won the 2016 National Newspaper Award in the editorial cartooning category.

David Parkins, also from The Globe and Mail, and Guy Badeaux (Bado) of Le Droit were the other finalists.