Sunday, June 23, 2019

I wish I'd drawn... (53)

...this wonderful cartoon by Danish cartoonist Niels Bo Bojesen.

Boris Johnson, the favourite to become the next U.K. prime minister, said that party members were not interested in why police were called to his home after neighbours heard a loud altercation between Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds.

Friday, June 21, 2019

On Israel Sensitivity to Criticism

Ofri Ilany in Haaretz.

Israelis enjoy having the freedom to insult and mock others in politically incorrect ways, but watch out when the tables are turned.

Early last week, The New York Times made a dramatic announcement. James Bennet, the editorial page editor, stated that the paper had decided to do away with political cartoons in its international edition. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Marilena Nardi on the role of satire

From Slowcomix.

Following a controversy over a cartoon considered to be anti-Semitic, the New York Times announced that it would no longer publish editorial cartoons in its' international edition. In the local one, however, the cartoons have already been eliminated for some time.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

"Enemy of the People: A Cartoonist's Journey" by Rob Rogers

On the IDW Publishing website.

After 25 years as the political cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rob Rogers was fired for drawing cartoons critical of President Trump.

In Enemy of the People Rogers writes, “Trump’s open embrace of the darkest, ugliest corners of human nature has emboldened racists, neo-Nazis, criminals, thugs, despots, misogynists and liars to come out from under their rocks and display their shameful behavior publicly. 

Monday, June 17, 2019


From the AAEC website.

A press release from Counterpoint:
We are pleased to announce the publication of Counterpoint, a revolutionary new approach to the publication and distribution of editorial cartoons. 
Our motto: Seeking Truth Through Diverse Perspectives

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Implications of the NYT Ending Cartoons

From NPR.

Rayma Suprani, Venezuela / USA

On NPR Weekend Edition, political cartoonist Patrick Chappatte talks to Scott Simon about The New York Times' decision to stop publishing political cartoons in its international edition.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Response to "The New York Times" ban on editorial cartoons

Lloyd Grove in The Daily Beast.

Cartoon by Joep Bertrams, Belgium

The New York Times is facing scathing condemnation over editorial page editor James Bennet's decision to stop publishing the daily work of two in-house editorial cartoonists—Patrick Chappatte and Heng Kim Song—in the Times’ international print edition and on its web site.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The end of political cartoons at "The New York Times"

From Chappatte's website.

Cartoon published on the front page of the NYT website on January 8, 2015, after the Charlie Hebdo attacks and won the 2015 Overseas Press Club Award.

All my professional life, I have been driven by the conviction that the unique freedom of political cartooning entails a great sense of responsibility.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment

From The Washington Post.

Cartoon by Jim Margulies

The First Amendment right to free speech is no laughing matter, as illustrated by a new exhibit at the world’s largest cartoon library.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Badiucao: Chinese dissident cartoonist revealed

From BBC News.


After years of anonymity, one of China’s leading dissident cartoonists has revealed his identity to the BBC.

The Australia-based artist whose work satirises China’s one-party rule explains why, despite threats, he is choosing the 30th anniversary of the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy Tiananmen protests to reveal his identity.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

"David Low Censored" Exhibition

From the Political Cartoon Gallery.

An exhibition of original unpublished cartoons by the greatest cartoonist of the 20th Century, Sir David Low

Monday, June 3, 2019

"Thurber's Columbus" Exhibition

From The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

How does our home shape who we are? James Thurber (1894–1961), one of the most popular writers and cartoonists of the mid-twentieth century, grew up in Columbus, Ohio. 

As an adult Thurber moved away from the city, yet his hometown left an indelible mark on his imagination and was a source of inspiration throughout his career.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Cartoon Museum set to re-open on 1st July

From Boys adventure comics.

The new Cartoon Museum will open to the public on Monday July 1st 2019 at its new home on Wells Street near Oxford Circus.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Aislin and Chapleau participate in new Champlain Bridge time capsule

From The Montreal Gazette.

Aislin from The Montreal Gazette as well as Serge Chapleau from La Presse contributed editorial cartoons that will be hidden in the new span of the Champlain Bridge for future generations to find.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Political cartooning, a relic of a bygone era?

Jennifer Grygiel in The Conversation.

Not everyone possesses the skills to draw a cartoon, but pretty much anyone can make a meme.

The New York Times came under fire after a political cartoon appeared in print on April 25, 2019.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Ali Dorani: Iranian cartoonist on the drawings that saved his life

From BBC World.

Cartoonist Ali Dorani fled Iran at the age of 21 before becoming trapped in Australia's controversial Manus Island detention camp for four years - but things changed after his artwork was posted online.

Here's his story - in his own words and drawings.

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum acquires Ollie Harrington collection

From the Ohio State Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Blog.

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum has acquired a rare collection of materials by the late Oliver “Ollie” Harrington.

Arriving from Germany, Ollie Harrington’s collection includes original published cartoons, along with roughs, sketchbooks and other archival materials.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Nate Beeler laid off from The Columbus Dispatch

Cartoonist Nate Beeler was laid off yesterday from The Columbus Dispatch which he joined in March 2012.

Rick McKee laid off from The Augusta Chronicle

Editorial cartoonist Rick McKee was laid off from The Augusta Chronicle after 21 years with the paper. His last cartoon will be published July 20th.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Frank Frazetta's "Egyptian Queen" Sets $5.4 Million World Record

From Heritage Auctions.

The 1969 fantasy painting Egyptian Queen, one of the most legendary artworks by famed artist Frank Frazetta, sold for a world record $5.4 million Thursday, May 16, at a public auction of vintage comic books and comic art held by Heritage Auctions in Chicago.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Facebook Bans Artist For Transforming MAGA Hats

From Medium.

Hate Hat by Kate Kretz, 2019

It appears Facebook is once again censoring political artists from engaging in their First Amendment rights to criticize Hate Groups. 

This is no different than the time they blocked an anti-hate group cartoon by Pulitzer-Prize winning editorial cartoonist Clay Bennett

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective

From House of Illustration.

Cassandra Darke, 2014

Posy Simmonds
’ sharp satire and progressive female characters have defined a career spanning 50 years. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Accident or coincidence?

Cartoonists Alberto Morales and Julian Pena-pai  have drawn attention about similarities between award-winning drawings at the 2019 World Press Cartoon and works drawn in the past.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Toronto animator censored in a "Good Fight" episode

From Canadian Press.

Canadian animator Steve Angel recognizes the irony that his cartoon about censorship was, itself, censored.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Seth at TCAF

From the Doug Wright Awards Facebook page.

This Saturday, the Doug Wright Awards co-founder Seth will be in conversation with the Doug Wright Awards executive director Conan Tobias about Seth's at-last-completed Clyde Fans.

It promises to be the most Doug Wright–tastic talk at TCAF.

Friday, May 10, 2019

2019 Giants of the North Hall of Fame Inductees

From the Doug Wright Awards website.

Fiona Smyth, an artist and teacher known for her groundbreaking comics tackling female sexuality, and Alootook Ipellie (1951–2007), a multi-faceted artist, writer, activist, and cartoonist recognized for his satirical comics about Inuit life in Canada, will be inducted next month into the Giants of the North Hall of Fame for Canadian cartoonists.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2019

From the TCAF website.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2018 will take place May 11 and 12, 2019 at the Toronto Reference Library.

TCAF 2019 – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
@ Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
Saturday, May 11: 9am-5pm
Sunday, May 12: 10am-5pm
Free entrance

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

New Yorker cartoonist Nurit Karlin dies at 80

Liza Donnelly in The New Yorker.

Nurit Karlin, who died in Tel Aviv this week, at the age of eighty, was a regular cartoonist for The New Yorker for fourteen years, starting in 1974.

At that time, she was the only woman drawing cartoons for the magazine. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Quentin Blake's House of Illustration

From House of Illustration.

House of Illustration is a registered charity and the UK’s only public gallery dedicated solely to illustration and graphic art. 

Founded by Sir Quentin Blake it opened in July 2014 in King’s Cross, London.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Garnotte Wins National Newspaper Awards 2018

The Canadian Daily Newspaper Association announced tonight, in Toronto, the winners of the 70th National Newspaper Awards.

Garnotte (Michel Garneau), Le Devoir.

Michel Garnotte won first prize in the Editorial cartoon category. The other finalists were Michael deAdder and Brian Gable.
You can see all the cartoons here. The Editorial cartoon category can be found on page 3.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

19th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition (Results)

Grand Prize: Luc Descheemaeker, Belgium

The jury (composed of seven members of the Canadian Committee of World Press Freedom) met on April 15th to select the winners of the 19th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition.

The theme, this year, was "Open season on journalists" and we received 370 entries from 29 countries.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

"Expresso" Defends Controversial Cartoon

From Expresso.

The direction of Expresso clarifies its' position in the face of issues raised nationally and internationally by the publication of a cartoon by António in the April 19 edition of Expresso.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Editorial cartoonist Musa Kart returns to prison

From the Cartooning for Peace website.

It is with great anger and sadness that Cartooning for Peace has learned that Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart, and some of his former colleagues from the newspaper Cumhuriyet, returned to Kandira prison to serve their sentences.

They surrendered to police to avoid being taken by force.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Women Cartoonists International Award – 2019

From United Sketches.

After months working on the concept and wonderful exchanges with Ann Telnaes, Marilena Nardi and Anne Derenne, United Sketches is honored to announce the very first International award dedicated exclusively to Women cartoonists.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Winners of the Euro-Kartoenale 2019

From the ECC website.

Agim Sulaj (Italy)

The Berlin Wall fell exactly 30 years ago and today we see new boundaries erected all over the world.

This inspired the theme for the 22nd edition of the Euro-kartoenale Kruishoutem: ‘The Wall - in all its forms’.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment

Pillars, Jimmy Margulies, August 16, 2018.

What do current debates about social media, trigger warnings, fake news, and libel have to do with the First Amendment and editorial cartoonists?

"Drawing Blood: Comics and Medicine" Exhibition

From the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Rx: A Graphic Memoir by Rachel Lindsay, 2018
Drawing Blood: Comics and Medicine, curated by Professor Jared Gardner opens this Saturday, April 20th at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Friday, April 19, 2019

BICLM becomes Ohio's first historic journalism site

From the Ohio State University Libraries website.

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (BICLM) has been recognized as the first Ohio historic journalism site selected by the Society of Professional Journalists, Central Ohio Professional Chapter (SPJ) and the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Notre-Dame fire in cartoons

Niels Bo Bojesen, Denmark

The fire that struck Notre Dame Cathedral inspired artists from around the world.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Monday, April 15, 2019

Dwane Powell 1944-2019

From The News & Observer.

Retired News & Observer editorial cartoonist Dwane Powell, whose drawings summarized and satirized decades of North Carolina political debates and decisions with humanity and humor, died Sunday night.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

World Press Photo 2019 - Winners

On the Artsy website.

Photo of the Year

Crying Girl on the Border, John Moore, Getty Images

For 62 years, World Press Photo’s independent jury has recognized the photojournalists who best capture critical events around the globe.

Friday, April 12, 2019

US Supreme Court Will Hear Ted Rall's Anti-SLAPP Case

From the AAEC website.

Cartoonist Ted Rall is one step closer to getting his day in court: the California Supreme Court has granted his Petition for Review in his anti-SLAPP lawsuit against the Los Angeles Times

Rall had been attempting to sue the newspaper for wrongful dismissal and defamation, after he was fired as a contributor by the newspaper in 2015. 

Monday, April 8, 2019

I wish I'd drawn... (51)

...these wonderful cartoons by The Toronto Star cartoonist Theo Moudakis.

Premier Doug Ford* is risking getting into hot water with Ontarians by ordering a redo of the “three men in a hot tub” trillium logo.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Friday, April 5, 2019

CRNI Wins 2019 Freedom of Expression Campaigning Award

From Index on Censorship.

Winner of the 2019 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Campaigning Award, Cartoonists Rights Network International monitors threats and abuses against editorial cartoonists worldwide.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Steve Benson finds a new home at the Arizona Mirror

From the Arizona Mirror website.

Did you see Steve Benson’s cartoon today?

Since late January, the answer to that question for Arizonans who grew up with his daily skewering of the powerful on the editorial pages of The Arizona Republic was, sadly, “No,” because Benson was laid off by Gannett, the Republic’s parent company.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Facebook deletes a Clay Bennett anti-hate group cartoon

From the AAEC website.

On March 28, Facebook summarily deleted a week-old editorial cartoon by PulitzerPrize-winning political cartoonist Clay Bennett, and then warned him his complaint about the deletion had violated the site's community standards & deleted that.