Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Ann Telnaes: 2019 in Cartoons

From The Washington Post.


Follow the link above for a review of Ann Telnaes' best editorial cartoons of 2019.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Canadian Energy Centre's logo comes under fire a second time

From The Calgary Sun.


For the second time this month, the Canadian Energy Centre war room’s choice of a corporate logo has run into possible flak.

A California-based software company said Friday it’s considering legal action over the CEC’s use of a logo it deems similar to its own.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Practical guide for the protection of editorial cartoonists

From the Cartooning for Peace website.


Produced with the support of the European Union, designed for cartoonists and available on the Cartooning for Peace website, this document brings together advice and information that can guide those who face specific or persistent threats because of their profession. 

With tips, testimonies and useful links, it focuses as much on risk prevention as on the response to threats and attacks.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

The Addis Ababa Declaration for the Recognition of Cartooning as a Fundamental Right

From the DPDF Facebook page.


The Addis Ababa Declaration for the Recognition of Cartooning as a Fundamental Right, presented on May 3, 2019 at UNESCO Press Freedom Days in Addis Ababa and then handed over to the organization's Director General, has reached a new phase.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Gary Larson's Far Side is making a return

From the National Post.


Far Side creator Gary Larson is releasing new work for the first time in 24 years. The cartoonist had retired from his popular single-panel comic at 44 years old.

As part of a “new online era,” The Far Side has launched a new website, which is set to include periodic releases of old comic strips and unpublished sketches from Larson.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Unleashed: The Exhibit

From the Society of Illustrators.

Art by Leslie Coberg

Featuring a selection of art from the Society of Illustrators members. Every animal has his or her story, his or her thoughts, daydreams, and interests. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Results of the 7th Sinaloa International Cartoon Contest

First Prize - Yigit Akyol, Turkey

The theme of the 7th Sinaloa International Cartoon Contest was "Vanity".

Sunday, December 8, 2019

GB Political Cartoon of the Year Awards 2019

From Ellwood Atfield.

Gillray Goblet for the Political Cartoon of the Year – Rebecca Hendin (The Guardian)

Ellwood Atfield are delighted to announce the winners of The Political Cartoon of the Year Awards 2019, presented by Ken Clarke and Kate Hoey at our gallery in Westminster.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Algeria: Cartoonist Nime charged with "insullting the State"

From Cartoonists Rights Network.

"The Chosen One"

Abdelhamid Amine, known by the pen-name Nime, was arrested in Oran, Algeria amid a wider crackdown prior to next week’s presidential elections.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

18th Edition of the Sommets du cinéma d'animation

On Facebook.

Poster: Martine Frossard

You will find here the official selection of the 18th edition of the Sommets du cinéma d'animation, presented at the Cinématèque Québécoise from December 3 to 8, 2019.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

16th Comics Rendez-vous in Gatineau


Famed comic novel author Emil Ferris will be in Gatineau Sunday December 1st., where she will be signing copies of the French language translation of her book My Favorite Thing is Monsters from 10:30 to noon and from 2:30 to 4PM at Gatineau's City Hall, 25 Laurier.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Small bookstores are booming after nearly being wiped out

From CBS News.


A growing number of shoppers will be supporting their independent neighborhood bookstores on Small Business Saturday. After nearly being wiped out a decade ago, small bookstores are booming.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Mike Lane 1941-2019

From The Baltimore Sun.


Mike Lane, pictured in 2002

Former Evening Sun editorial cartoonist Mike Lane took pleasure in tweaking his subjects but found more happiness in being with members of his family. 

He was surrounded by them when he died Sunday, November 16 at his home in Roland Park of complications of cardiac surgery. He was 78.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Gahan Wilson 1930-2019

From Heavy.


Born on February 18, 1930, in Evanston, Ill., famed author and cartoonist Gahan Wilson, died November 21 at a memory-care facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 89.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Donald Trump’s Handwriting Is Now A Font Called Tiny Hand

From Fast Company.


Although he’s known for his incessant tweeting, an interesting fact about Donald Trump is that he doesn’t really use computers outside of his iPhone.

Although he aspires to lead the most technologically progressive nation on Earth, the Republican presidential hopeful has admitted he didn’t own a computer until 2007.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Stan Roach 1931-2019



Born on January 10, 1931 in New Waterford, Cape Breton, Stan Roach passed away in Montreal on Monday, November 18th.

He studied at Mount Carmel School where the Sisters of Charity encouraged his love of drawing by arming him with coloured chalk and sending him from one classroom to the next to draw on the blackboards.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Something fishy


Michael de Adder posted this cartoon yesterday which I thought looked familiar. Irish Times cartoonist Martyn Turner provided the answer this morning:

Monday, November 18, 2019

How donkeys and elephants came to represent Democrats and the GOP

From Business Insider.


As the 2020 US presidential election nears, badges, election leaflets, and TV graphics showing the image of the elephant and the donkey are everywhere.

As anyone with even a passing interest in US politics knows, the elephant represents the Republican Party and the donkey the Democratic Party.

What is less well known is how the animals came to adopted as symbols for the two biggest political forces in the US.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Comic Book Journalist Tom Spurgeon Passes Away at 50

From Word of The Nerd.

Portrait by Michael Netzer

Award-Winning Comic Book Journalist Tom Spurgeon passed away on Wednesday, November 13 at the age of 50.

Cartoonist Zapiro to receive France’s top cultural award

From The Citizen (South Africa).


Ambassador of France to South Africa Aurélien Lechevallier will bestow upon cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro), the award of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters) on behalf of the French President Emmanuel Macron in Cape Town.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Utah political figures talk about being drawn into a Pat Bagley cartoon

From The Salt Lake Tribune.


For a Utah politician, there might be no higher honor than being mocked in a Pat Bagley cartoon.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Weird World of Jon McNaughton

Edited from Current Affairs.

Utah-based painter Jon McNaughton, who has been called the “Trump administration’s unofficial artist", explains the meaning of 10 works from his canon.

"Wake up America"
“Every man, woman, and child in America is enslaved to our national debt. As anartist, I have laid out my vision of the dire circumstances that surround us. Now, more than ever, each American must make a choice: will we unlock the shackles that enslave us, or will we give up the greatest gift we have—our freedom? It is my hope and prayer that America will ‘wake up’ before it is too late… Those who are familiar with my work know I like to use symbolism and metaphor to engage the viewer. See if you can find and decipher the many symbols in this image. In the painting I have intentionally hidden six keys that will WAKE UP AMERICA and release us from the chains of economic and political bondage. Find these keys and share them with as many Americans as you can. If we don’t ‘wake up,’ the next generation may not know what it means to be free”

Monday, November 11, 2019

Elko Free Press apologizes for Halloween cartoon

From iMediaEthics.


The Elko Daily Free Press, a Nevada newspaper, published a cartoon that labeled a ghost with a pointy hood as a Donald Trump supporter.

Now, the Daily Free Press is apologizing for offending readers with the cartoon.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Robert "RJ" Matson Wins Berryman Award

From the National Press Foundation website.



CQ Roll Call cartoonist Robert RJ Matson has won the National Press Foundation’s Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

“Cartoonists vs. Conspiracy” International Cartoon Contest

From the United Sketches website.


The rise of conspiracy theories in recent years, the proliferation of false news on the Internet and the worrying emergence of a “post-truth” era where the facts seem to count less and less in the public debate, are of concern to all those who wish to defend democratic values ​​and counter negationist discourses.

To help combat conspiracism, the Memorial of Caen and Conspiracy Watch – the Observatory of Conspiracism, in partnership with L’Histoire magazine, are organizing an International Press Cartoon Contest against negationism and conspiracism, “Cartoonists vs. Conspiracy”.

Monday, November 4, 2019

AAEC launches new website

From the AAEC website.


The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists quietly launched its new site last Friday. 

The update, which keeps the same address, replaces a stalwart site that has been running since 2005 (which is like, what, a million years in internet time?)

Friday, November 1, 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019

"Drawn to Presidents: Portraits and Satirical Drawings by Drew Friedman"

From the Billy Ireland Library and Museum website.

Abraham Lincoln by Drew Friedman (All the Presidents, Fantagraphics, 2019)
Pennsylvania-based illustrator Drew Friedman has employed his intensely realistic, warts-and-all style of caricature to satirize celebrity and authority for four decades.

In his latest book from FantagraphicsAll the Presidents, Friedman points his pen at the exclusive club of the United States presidents.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Philip Street is bringing back "Fisher"


Philip Street will be posting seven of his Fisher comic strip every week on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Six days a week, the posts will feature older strips (starting from 2002), but a brand-new strip will be published each Sunday.

The strips are presented as short video clips, with one or two frames shown at a time.

Friday, October 25, 2019

"Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art"

From the Billy Ireland Library and Museum website.


Party Scene, by Mary Fleener, 1982

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum presents Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art from November 2, 2019 to May 3, 2020.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Threats to Freedom of Speech; Is Humor The First Casualty?



The Columbus Metropolitan Club recently posted an hour long video of the panel from Sept. 26 at this year's AAEC convention.

Professionally recorded and produced, "‪Threats to Freedom of Speech; Is Humor The First Casualty?‬" captures the talk between 3 recently fired cartoonists — Rob Rogers, Patrick Chappatte & Nick Anderson — on stage in front of a stunning sunset.

Watch the whole thing here.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Rusins Kaufmanis 1925-2019

From The Ottawa Citizen.

Rusins, The Ottawa Citizen, November 10, 1965

Rusins Kaufmanis (Rusins), political cartoonist for the Ottawa Citizen from 1963 to 1989, passed away September 20, 2019 in Victoria, BC.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

When editorial cartoons become propaganda

From The Guardian.


When The Chronicle Herald’s editorial cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon learned this week that his work had been ripped off by some far-off politician, whom he had never heard of, his first reaction was, not again.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Designed in Cuba: Cold War Graphics

From The House of Illustration.

Day of the Heroic Guerrilla by Helena Serrano, 1968

Much of Cuba’s iconic graphic design is instantly recognizable the world over. But alongside the familiar image of Che Guevara, Cuban artists have produced uncompromising design and illustration to deliver Cuba’s revolutionary message around the world. These works have rarely been seen – until now.

Designed in Cuba: Cold War Graphics is the first major exhibition of graphic design from Cuba’s ‘golden age’. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Cartoonist Stephff Resigns From Bangkok Post

From Twitter.


Cartoonist Stephff (Stéphane Peray) announced his resignation last Sunday from the Bangkok Post after three of his cartoons about China and Turkey, submitted in the past week, were not published.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Canada Strong and Proud uses de Adder cartoon without his permission

From CTV News.


Cartoonist Michael de Adder called out third-party political group Canada Strong and Proud for using his cartoon in an online advertisement without his permission.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Friday, October 4, 2019

Badiucao Wins CRNI’s Courage in Cartooning Award 2019

From the CRNI website.


In recognition of his bold defiance and courageous decision to remove the literal mask of anonymity under which he has worked for a decade, Cartoonists Rights Network International bestows its award for 2019 to the Chinese dissident, campaigner and visual artist Badiucao.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Newseum Closing at the End of the Year

From NBC Washington.


The D.C. museum dedicated to journalism, the First Amendment and a free press will close at the end of the year. The Newseum said in a statement that the museum will close Dec. 31, 2019.

The privately-funded museum has struggled financially for years, the statement said.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Kevin (KAL) Kallaugher Honoured at the AAEC Convention

From the AAEC website.


Baltimore-based cartoonist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher is the 2019 recipient of the "Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning." 

The panel of judges also decided to name a finalist for the Babin Award for the first time, choosing Columbus cartoonist Nate Beeler.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus 2019

From Cartoon Crossroads Columbus.

Drawing by Keren Katz

CXC is a free, citywide arts festival hosted every year by people and places with a passion for cartoon arts.

CXC connects the global family of cartoon storytellers, comic makers, and animators with the people who love and are inspired by their art.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

"Oliphant: Unpacking the Archive"

From the University of Virginia website.


From a watercolor of President H. W. Bush depicted as Mary Poppins to President Barack Obama drawn and sculpted as an Easter Island statue, visitors see the range of political cartoonist Patrick Oliphant’s work in the first tour of his voluminous archive in the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Lynda Barry is awarded the MacArthur Genius Grant

From The Chicago Tribune.


Cartoonist Lynda Barry is one of the 26 winners of the 2019 MacArthur Foundation "genius grants,” the no-strings-attached $625,000 prizes given annually to artists, scholars and other creative thinkers, the Chicago-based philanthropy announced Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

"Making Faces: Portraits by John Kascht"

From Cartoon Art Museum.


The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to present Making Faces: Portraits by John Kascht, a retrospective featuring more than 60 original portraits by one of America’s most incisive and celebrated caricature artists. 

Friday, September 20, 2019

"You Might Be from Nova Scotia If …"

From Nimbus Publishing.


You Might Be From Nova Scotia If … is a delightful, illustrated romp through this one-of-a-kind place.

From one of the most celebrated cartoonists in the country, Michael de Adder delivers his unique take on Canada’s most unique province, tickling the funny bone on every page. 

Capital Comic Book Convention

From Facebook.



Capital Comic Book Convention returns to Ottawa on September 22nd with an awesome dealer room, and a great selection of what you all go to a comic book convention for : comic books!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Patrick Chappatte: A free world needs satire / TED Talk

From TED.


Are we entering a world where humor becomes impossible? A TED talk response by cartoonist Patrick Chappatte to the New York Time's decision to cease publishing editorial cartoons in its' international edition.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

"An Image of Justice" Exhibition


Cartoon by Alireza Pakdel, Iran

The exhibition, under the theme “Genocide, Truth and Reconciliation”, will present cartoons selected by a jury over 600 submissions of 34 different countries for the first edition of the Global Cartoon Contest.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Mœbius Exhibition in Brühl, Germany

From the Max Ernst Museum website and Paul Gravett's Facebook page.


The Max Ernst Museum in Brühl (about 20 km from Cologne and 25 from Bonn) will be hosting a major Moebius exhibition next September.