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.

The magazine did run it, in August, but the sketch didn’t go viral until after Trump’s win. 

The New Yorker added the image to its cartoons Facebook page the day after the election, and that post has been reshared more than 16,000 times.

A number of Noth’s single panel one-liners created early in the campaign have garnered newfound attention now that Trump won.

Noth chose to pursue fiction writing after college because he never thought he could make a living as a cartoonist. However, he never lost his love of cartoons and continued to sketch for fun. 

Noth, 43, spoke with CJR about how he landed his dream job as an artist, some of his other projects, and his political cartoons. 

The following interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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