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.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Turkish Cartoonist Musa Kart Freed on Appeal

From France 24.


Turkey's top appeals court on Thursday ordered the release of five former journalists from the Cumhuriyet newspaper, including prominent cartoonist Musa Kart, in a case that has highlighted the threat to press freedom in the country.

Drawn & Quarterly at Small Press Expo

From Drawn & Quarterly.


Drawn & Quarterly is at the 25th Small Press Expo this Saturday and Sunday in Bethesda, MD.

They will be in booth W1-4 for signings with Eleanor Davis (The Hard Tomorrow), Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb), Kevin Huizenga (The River at Night), Sylvia Nickerson (Creation), and newly announced SPXer R. Sikoryak (The Unquotable Trump). 

The complete signing and programming schedule is available here.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Resurrecting "Gertie the Dinosaur"

From the NFB blog.


Through the combined efforts of the Cinémathèque québécoise and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), with support from the University of Notre Dame in the United States, an animated film once thought lost—Gertie, by Winsor McCay—has been brought back to life.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Robert Mugabe 1924-2019

Le Droit, Wednesday, July 3, 2002.

Some remember Robert Mugabe's role in freeing Zimbabwe from Rhosesia's white minority rule in 1980.

Others remember the arrest and torture of political opponents as well as his encouragement, beginning in 2000, of the invasion and takeover of white-owned farms.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Cartoonists sharpen their pens

Ed Hall, Artizans

Donald Trump's alteration of a Hurricane Dorian map with a Sharpie has not only become a meme but has also inspired editorial cartoonists.

Friday, August 23, 2019

The 38th St. Just-le-Martel International Salon of Caricature, Editorial and Gag Cartoons


The International Press and Humor Salon of Saint-Just-Le-Martel, to be held from September 28 to October 6, unveiled the program of its 38th edition.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Counterpoint reaches 50k subscribers

From The Daily Cartoonist.


Counterpoint has arrived with a punch.

The eagerness of participating cartoonists to promote this new platform explains, in part, why it has gone from some 750 subscribers three months ago to around 50,000 today.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

CRNI monitors the loss of cartoonists from media outlets globally

From Index on Censorship.




Cartoonists around the world continue to be subjected to censorship, imprisonment, violence, threats, harassment and, in the worst cases, even death.

Although a small organisation, Cartoonists Rights Network International has had a big impact on challenging threats and abuses against editorial cartoonists worldwide.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Art Spiegelman withdraws an introduction to a forthcoming Marvel book

From The Guardian.


Art Spiegelman, the legendary graphic novelist behind Maus, has claimed that he was asked to remove criticism of Donald Trump from his introduction to a forthcoming Marvel book, because the comics publisher – whose chairman has donated to Trump’s campaign – is trying to stay “apolitical”.

Monday, August 19, 2019

"The London Cartoon Show"

From Pro Cartoonists.

Drawing by Christopher Burke

A free exhibition of cartoons on the theme of London, past and present, drawn by members of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation (PCO) debutes today at Charing Cross Library.  

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Cartoonist Ed Hall Censored on Facebook

Jews are not welcome here

Ed Hall is reporting this syndicated cartoon about the Trump/Netanyahu confrontation with two U.S. Congresswomen denying them entry into Israel has been removed from Facebook.

Once again a social media behemoth has conflated legitimate criticism of something with the thing itself.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

An illustrated history of Charlie Hebdo


The following is a presentation I gave last week in Toronto at the 102nd Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

You will find here cartoons from both versions of Charlie Hebdo as well as a few cartoons I drew after the shooting in their offices on January 7th 2015.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Edmonton Journal under fire for "anti-Semitic" cartoon

From the Canadian Jewish News.


The Edmonton Journal is under fire for publishing a cartoon that many believe is anti-Semitic.

On Aug. 1, the Journal ran an editorial cartoon by veteran contributor Malcolm Mayes, which criticized the recent Capital One hack in which the data of six million Canadians was potentially compromised, including social insurance numbers and bank account information.