Saturday, March 28, 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020

Counterpoint Moving to a Paid Subcription

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Last year was a tough one for political cartoonists. One of Counterpoint’s own award-winning artists lost his job after a cartoon criticizing the U.S. president’s approach to immigration went viral on Twitter, and some major publications—most notably the New York Times international edition—announced they’ll stop printing cartoons for good. 

No one else is working on new ways to keep cartooning alive, and that’s why we’re here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2020 DWA Ceremony Will Be A Virtual Reality

From the Doug Wright Awards' blog.

It surely will come as a surprise to no one at this point that the 16th annual Doug Wright Awards, scheduled for Saturday, May 9th, in Toronto, will not be taking place exactly as planned. 

As the city, country, and world continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, such gatherings are ill advised (and, potentially, soon illegal).

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The 2020 AAEC+ACC cartoonist convention is cancelled

From the AAEC website.

Big surprise, but the 2020 AAEC+ACC gathering in Ottawa is postponed until further notice.

The joint convention was planned for mid-May, but after watching international flights cancelled and hotels shut down for an unknown period of time, host Wes Tyrell put planning on hiatus. Last Tuesday the border between the two countries was closed to “non-essential” travel.

The two cartoonist associations will wait and see how the coronavirus crisis plays out over the next week before making a final call on the annual event.


Monday, March 23, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

Winners of the “Women Cartoonists International Award”

From United Sketches.

The “Women Cartoonists International Award“ announced Doaa Eladl from Egypt as the winner of the first grand prize, while Camila de la Fuente from Venezuela/Mexico won the youth prize after a tough selection from more than 1000 submissions of 260 artists from every corner of the planet, organized by United Sketches.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

POSTPONED// The World Press Freedom Conference and cartoon Movement competition.

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, in close consultation with UNESCO, has decided to postpone the World Press Freedom Conference 2020. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

"Quentin Blake: We Live in Worrying Times" Exhibition

From Hastings Contemporary.

Quentin Blake returns to Hastings Contemporary with a startling showcase of new drawings, paintings, and a large-scale mural he has described as ‘his Guernica’, as raw, original and unlikely as anything he has produced in his eight decades of artistic creativity. 

Monday, March 9, 2020

End of an era: Labor cartoonists say farewell

From the Northwest Labor Press.

For more than three decades, cartoons from Huck/ Konopacki have appeared in the Northwest Labor Press. So it came as a shock to learn last month that labor cartoonists Mike Konopacki and Gary Huck are closing down their cartoon syndicate. 

Friday, March 6, 2020

15th International George van Raemdonck Cartoon Contest

IHA (International humour in art) with with their partners the Boechout Municipality, the Boechout Cultural Council and DF-Boechout-Vremde are pleased to announce the 15th International George van Raemdonck Cartoon Contest.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Michael de Adder wins the 2020 Herblock Prize

From the Chronicle Herald and the Herblock Foundation websites.

Michael de Adder, cartoonist for The Chronicle-Herald and The Hill Times in Ottawa and contributing cartoonist for both The Nib and Counterpoint, is the winner of the 2020 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

CRNI President Joel Pett announces his retirement

From the CRNI website.

Photo courtesy of Devta Kidd

After some fifteen years in the role Joel Pett, multi-award winning editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald Leader, has decided to retire from the presidency of Cartoonists Rights Network International’s board of directors.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Michael de Adder honoured by Mount Allison University

From the Mount Allison University website.

Editorial cartoonist Michael de Adder (Class of ’91) is one of five distinguished alumni of Mount Allison University recognized with an honorary degree during the 2020 Convocation ceremonies scheduled for May 11, 2020. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Postmedia apologizes, cancels syndicated cartoon after offensive post

From the APTN website.

Postmedia, owners of the National Post and dozens of papers across Canada, has cancelled a syndicated cartoon after an “offensive” post was published that depicted the Lone Ranger and Tonto in a bar.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Highlights from the 2020 World Press Photo nominees

From the British Journal of Photography.

Black Drag Magic - Portrait of a drag artist and activist, nominated in the portrait category © Lee-Ann Olwage

The nominations for this year’s World Press Photo Contest have been announced, revealing the runners up for the coveted Photo of the Year and Story of the Year awards.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Claire Bretécher (1940 – 2020)

Cynthia Rose in The Comics Journal.

Claire Bretécher in 1979

Let's not bury the lead: Claire Bretécher, who has just died at the age of 79, made both real and important comics history. The fact of her sex isn't irrelevant.

But it wasn't being a woman that made Bretécher one of the few (if not the only) artists to work for all three of the 9th art's founding journals: Tintin, Spirou and René Goscinny's Pilote

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

"Journalism without fear of favour" Cartoon Contest

From Cartoon Movement.

Cartoon Movement, in partnership with Cartooning for Peace, is launching an international cartoon competition for the World Press Freedom Conference 2020.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Star-Ledger editorial cartoonist Bil Canfield dies at 99


Editorial cartoonist William (Bil) Canfield, who entertained millions of newspaper readers, died peacefully on January 30th at his home in Phoenix, Ariz., with his daughter Susan at his side. He was 99.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Dr Li Wenliang cartoon goes viral on Weibo

From the Dessins de Chappatte Facebook page.

Source : New York Times

The death of Dr Li Wenliang, condemned for raising the alarm about coronavirus, is raising anger in China ... and reviving the art of political cartooning, banned in the country.

This image by Kuang Biao has gone viral on the Weibo social network.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Israeli organization calls for removal of Portuguese cartoonist for anti-Semitism

From the J.R. Mora website.

An Israeli-based human rights organization, Btsalmo, sent a letter to the editor of the Portuguese magazine Sabado requesting the immediate dismissal of the cartoonist Vasco Gargalo for a drawing published in November 2019*.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Seth Wins Jury Prize in Angoulême

On the Angoulême Festival website.

The 2020 Fauve Special Jury Prize, given to a work which particularly struck the jury by its narration, its aesthetics and the themes addressed, was awarded to “Clyde Fans”, by Seth, at the 2020 Angoulême Bande Dessinée Festival.

Friday, January 31, 2020

One million pages seen

I would like to warmly thank the readers of this blog for the interest you have shown to it !

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Artist Profile, Cartoonist Jeff Stahler

From PBS station WOSU in Ohio, a profile of cartoonist Jeff Stahler, whose political humor spans 6 U.S. presidents.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

China demands an apology from Danish newspaper

From the Courrier international website.

Cartoon by Niels Bo Bojesen

The Danish newspaper Jyllands-posten will not apologize for having published a drawing combining the coronavirus and the Chinese flag.

In a statement released on January 27, 2020, the Chinese embassy in Denmark demands an apology from the daily Jyllands-posten, one of the country's main newspapers.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Local Cartoonist Peter Waldner

Tara Smith in The Shelter Island Reporter.

Peter Waldner usually keeps a sketch pad within arm’s reach: in his car, on a bedside table, for whenever inspiration strikes.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

National Archives altered Trump signs in Women's March photo

From The Hill.

The National Archives acknowledged this week that it altered a photograph of the Women's March, which took place the day after President Trump's inauguration in 2017, to blur some signs held by marchers that were critical of the president.

Among the alterations are the blotting out of the word "Trump" in a placard that reads "God Hates Trump" and the blurring of the same word in another sign that reads "Trump & GOP - Hands Off Women." Words on other signs referencing female anatomy were also altered.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

World Press Cartoon 2020 Call for Entries

From World Press Cartoon.

World Press Cartoon announces its 15th edition and invites cartoonists to submit their best work in the gag, editorial and caricature categories.

Please remember that works produced for online publications are now admitted.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Harry and Meghan in Canada

After the Tim Hortons chain offered, on Twitter, free coffee for life to Prince Harry and Meghan if they moved to Canada, Michael deAdder came up with the above cartoon, inspired by the "roll the rim" contest.

Cartoonists Bruce Mackinnon and Vance Rodewalt, for their part, were inspired by a famous SCTV sketch:

Monday, January 13, 2020

Professional Heckler: The Life and Art of Duncan Macpherson

McGill-Queen's University Press will publish, on May 21, a candid biography of Duncan Macpherson, one of the most influential editorial cartoonists in recent Canadian history.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Kevin Necessary Lands a Gig at the Enquirer

From the AAEC website.

On Friday afternoon Ohio cartoonist Kevin Necessary announced on Twitter he had been hired by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“I’m grateful I’ve had the opportunity over the last several years to create local editorial cartoons in Cincinnati. This city was lucky to have Jim Borgman. I’m going to try to honor his legacy with these weekly cartoons in The Enquirer."

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Is this the future of editorial cartooning?

Some believe that editorial cartoons could be replaced by memes. The problem is that their creators remain anonymous and don't credit the original photographer.

It could therefore be expensive to publish them and risk prosecution for copyright infringement.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

"Chapleau, Profession Cartoonist" at the McCord Museum

From the McCord Museum website.

You will be soon be able to explore the world of Serge Chapleau in the first major retrospective devoted to the creative work of this icon of cartooning.

Monday, January 6, 2020

"This is the End: The Last Cartoons from The New York Times" by Patrick Chappatte

From Chappatte Store.

Patrick Chappatte's eighth—and last!— collection of editorial cartoons published in The New York Times is now available.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Jim Morin Retires

After a 43 year career of drawing editorial cartoons, editorial cartoonist Jim Morin has decided to call it quits and pursue his passion for oil painting.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The new AAEC Executive Board

From the AAEC website.

The members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists have voted for their new Executive Board. Jen Sorensen is now President-elect and Tim Campbell has been chosen Director.

Tim has been elected for a 2-year term, and Jen will step up to President in January 2021.

Elected to another term and returning to the Board are Mike Thompson (Vice President), Monte Wolverton (Treasurer) and Liza Donnelly (Director). They’ll be joining current members Ed Hall (Director), Pat Bagley (Past President) and Kevin Siers (President) as they enter the second year of their terms.