Thursday, June 24, 2021

150th Day in Jail for Egyptian Cartoonist Ashraf Hamdi

 From Cartooning for Peace.

On January 25th 2021 Ashraf Hamdi, celebrated creator of Egyptoon, a brand of animated satirical social media content, was arrested at his home in Giza, Egypt. 

He posted a brief comment – “They are coming.” – to his Facebook page shortly after re-posting a link to an old animated cartoon that made a humorous observation about the 2011 revolutionary movement, Jan. 25th being the tenth anniversary of that event. 

The comment has since been deleted and the cartoon in question removed from YouTube.

Monday, June 21, 2021

"Lieutenant Dangerous" by Jeff Danziger


Jeff Danziger’s unique voice will resound in the same way other classics such as Catch-22, The Things They Carried and Matterhorn have done for years. Lieutenant Dangerous is also full of never-before-seen illustrations by the author created specifically for the book.

Friday, June 18, 2021

The Washington Post Taken to Task for Canadian Coverage

 Andrew Cohen in The Citizen.

The Washington Post is one of the world’s great newspapers. It published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and revealed Donald Trump’s finances.

In Canada, it is represented by Amanda Coletta, who studied journalism and international affairs at the University of Toronto. 

Her title is “Toronto-based correspondent” rather than “bureau chief” (a distinction the newspaper’s publicist declined to explain).

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Anita Kunz’s COVID-Induced Creative Outburst

 Françoise Mouly in The New Yorker.

“The Daughter of Man, by Renée Francoise Magritte.”

I was locked up for fifteen months,” the artist and illustrator Anita Kunz said, when reached in her native Toronto. 
“What else could I do but a painting a day?” 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

2020 Sigma Delta Chi Awards in Editorial Cartooning

 From the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Society of Professional Journalists announced the recipients of the 2020 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism.

Matt Davies of Newsday won in the Newspaper Circulation 100,001+ or Affiliated Website/National Magazine category.

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Adrian Tomine’s “Easing Back”

 Françoise Mouly in The New Yorker.

For many of us, covid-19 transformed life in a matter of days. 

We have a bit more leisure when it comes to our return, with each person proceeding at their own pace. 

In his new cover, Adrian Tomine, the artist behind one of the most enduring images of quarantine, depicts the lingering presence of the pandemic on our past, our present, and perhaps even our future. 

Tomine recently told us about what he’s looking forward to this summer.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Many condemn the non Pulitzer Award for Editorial Cartooning

 From the AAEC website.

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists strongly disagrees with the decision by the Pulitzer Board to award no Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning in 2021. 

We are mystified by the pointed rejection of talented Finalists as well as the many other artists who have been creating powerful work in these most eventful and challenging of times.