Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Globe and Mail cancels "Back Bench"

Not only did the Globe and Mail cancel "Fisher" but i learned today that they also eliminated Vancouver cartoonist Graham Harrop's "Back Bench" gag panel.

"BackBench" has appeared daily for almost 20 years in The Globe and Mail, both as a comic strip and as a panel cartoon. With his witty, irreverent humour, Harrop has satirized most of Canada's major political figures. He has commented on government scandals, the cozy connection of politicians and pop idols, and the continuing battles between the feds and the provinces. He is noted for his humorous take on Leonard Cohen in his much publicized retreat to a California monastery as well as Margaret Atwood and her "remote pen" for signing books. Above all, however, Harrop focuses on everyday happenings: the struggle between doctors and their patients, the fashion industry, computer technicians, fast food outlets, Revenue Canada's voracious appetite and, more recently, the 2010 winter Olympics.

The BackBench Collection

$14.95 Cdn, $12.95 US, 120 pp. Available at your favourite bookstore or visit www.ronsdalepress.com.

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