Thursday, May 28, 2020

Redbubble Restores Nick Anderson Cartoon

From the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Thanks to CBLDF and our coalition partners, the online marketplace Redbubble has reinstated a cartoon by Pulitzer Prize–winning editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson that was previously removed because of a meritless complaint by the Trump re-election campaign. 

CBLDF applauds Redbubble for reinstating the cartoon, and urges them to reject any other attempts by political campaigns to suppress protected speech.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Sandy Huffaker (1943-2020)

Bill Ramsey in the Chattanooga Pulse.

Bert Lance by Huffaker, TIME, September 19, 1977

Calvin Sanford Huffaker Sr., known as Sandy, a highly-acclaimed political satirist and painter, passed away peacefully at his home in Raphine, Va.

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Steve Brodner Challenge

The New York Times, Sunday, May 24, 2020.

Steve Brodner challenged fellow cartoonists to draw Trump golfing on yesterday's New York Times front page memorializing COVID dead.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Jean-Loïc Belhomme (Belom) Exhibition

From the European Cartoon Center.

The European Cartoon Center, in Kruishoutem, Belgium, will exhibit the work of French cartoonist Jean-Loïc Belhomme (Belom) from May 31 until September 20.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

"Fish Wrapped: True Confessions from Newsrooms Past"

From Guernica Editions.

Cover illustration by Aislin

A collection of stories by Canadian newspaper reporters and editors who worked during the heyday of the newspaper business and before social media.

"Here are their eulogies to lives dedicated to the fish-wrap business, many of whom, to stretch a metaphor, ended up as obsolete and tossed aside as the fish wrap they churned out."

Fish Wrapped: True Confessions from Newsrooms Past
Guernica Editions
228 pages
ISBN13: 9781771834971
ISBN10: 1771834978
$25.00 Canada / US

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Gado's concern has shifted to the coronavirus

From The New York Times.

In a quiet office on the third floor of a building in Nairobi’s central business district, the cartoonist known by his pen name, Gado, was sketching a satire about the coronavirus.

Monday, May 18, 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.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

2020 AAEC/ACC Zoom Convention

First row: Kelsey Maher, Guy Badeaux (Bado), Scott Burns, David Fitzsimmons, Andy Singer
Second row: Wes Tyrell, Derek Evernden, Alexandra Bowman, Graeme Mackay, Tim Snyder
Third rowRob Rogers, JP Trostle, Dennis Draughon, Sue Dewar, Terry Mosher (Aislin)
Fourth row: Mike Thompson, Joe Liccar, Pierre Skilling, Steve Greenberg, Cullum Rogers
Fifth row: Michael de Adder, Pedro X. Molina, Tim Campbell, Jeff Parker, Matt Wuerker.

This weekend was when American and Canadian editorial cartoonists were supposed to meet for their annual conventions in Ottawa. But last Friday night we had an AAEC / ACC Zoom Convention instead.

Only half of the 50 participants are shown in the above image. 
Were also present: Lalo Alcaraz, Jason ChatfieldDale CummingsEd Hall, Scott Johnston,  Kevin Kallaugher, Robert LafontaineSteve SackJen Sorensen ...

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Tom Gauld Interviewed on NPR

From National Public Radio.

Cartoonist and literary jokester Tom Gauld usually lampoons classic novels and the predicaments of the writing life.

But in his new book, Department of Mind-Blowing Theories — collecting comics from his ongoing column in New Scientist magazine — he turns his pen to the realm of science (and occasionally science fiction).

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

"Women in Comics: Looking Forward and Back" Exhibition

From The Guardian.

The world of comic books, both on the page and off, is one that’s typically dominated by men. It’s an unavoidable gender skew yet what gets pushed to the forefront often hides a wealth of overlooked female talent.

Women in Comics: Looking Forward and Back is a group exhibition at the Society of Illustrators featuring more than 50 female cartoonists, from the early 20th century trailblazers to plus-size superheroes, queer graphic novels, wartime romances and flapper-era cartoons, all of which go outside your typical superhero format.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Cartooning for Peace defends Hungarian cartoonist Gábor Pápai

From Cartooning for Peace.

Following the publication of a cartoon in the opposition daily Népszava on 28 April, Hungarian cartoonist Gábor Pápai and his newspaper are facing legal action from the ruling Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) who consider the cartoon “blasphemous”.

Deputy Imre Vejkey announced that his party intended to launch legal proceedings under the Fundamental Law and the Civil Code, targeting the newspaper Népszava

Monday, May 11, 2020

#CanCAF: Promoting Comics Events Across Canada

From the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Image by Jesse Jacobs

Comics festivals across Canada are thrilled to announce a month-long digital initiative called #CanCAF. 

The internet-based initiative will promote the work and careers of cartoonists and publishers scheduled to participate in their festivals this year, now cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

Events will take place across social media platforms using the hastag #CanCAF, and a complete schedule of events through the month of May will be listed at

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Michael de Adder wins Atlantic Journalism Award

From The Chronicle-Herald.

Editorial cartoonist Michael deAdder earned a gold prize in editorial cartooning for his body of work at the Atlantic Journalism Award. The gala had to be cancelled this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

The 16th Doug Wright Awards

The 16th annual Doug Wright Awards. hosted by Don McKellar, were livestreamed at 8 pm this Saturday on both the DWA Facebook group and on YouTube.

And the awards went to:

Friday, May 8, 2020

Britain’s Greatest Political Cartoons

The publication of Britain’s Greatest Political Cartoons has been postponed until next year.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The John Locher Memorial Award

From the John Locher Memorial Award.

The John Locher Memorial Award is a contest for aspiring cartoonists, ages 18-25, whose work demonstrates both clear opinions and strong artistry on political and social topics. 

Single panel, multi-panel, and animated editorial cartoons and comics will be accepted. Both students and non-students are eligible to submit.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

CalArts students create editorial cartoons about the COVID-19 crisis

From Animation Magazine.

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) students are creating editorial cartoons to comment on the COVID-19 crisis.

The project is spearheaded by Ann Telnaes, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post, who is visiting CalArts this semester to teach “Commentary Through Cartoons.” 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Barry Blitt wins the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning

From Poynter.

Barry Blitt won this year's Pulitzer Prize for his political illustrations, which frequently criticize President Donald Trump and his administration.

Blitt’s work regularly appears on the cover of The New Yorker and the op-ed page of The New York Times.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day is observed every year on May 3rd to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, to assess the state of press freedom throughout the world, to defend the media from attacks against their independence and also to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives. 

April was an unusually busy month for threats against cartoonists.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Serge Chapleau wins 8th National Newspaper Award

From the NNA website.

Serge Chapleau of La Presse tied the record for lifetime wins when the 2019 National Newspaper Awards were announced yesterday. Chapleau won for the eighth time in the Editorial Cartooning category. Over the years Chapleau has been a finalist 15 times.

The other finalists were Brian Gable of the Globe and Mail and Bruce MacKinnon of the Halifax Chronicle Herald.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

20th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition (Results)

Grand Prize: Arash Ekramifar, Iran

The jury, composed of four members of the Canadian Committee of World Press Freedom, met last March 31st to select the winners of the 20th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition.

The theme, this year, was "Pulling the plug on social media" and we received 313 entries from 30 countries.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

NCS Cartoonist of the Year nominees

From the Daily Cartoonist.

The National Cartoonists Society has announced their Cartoonist of the Year nominees:

Monday, April 27, 2020

Cartoonist survives Covid; responds by drawing a cartoon about it

From Jason Chatfield's website.

Cartoonist Jason Chatfield reveals what it’s like to get the coronavirus. (Spoiler alert: it’s horrible). So what’s a cartoonist to do after surviving Covid19?

Do a cartoon about it of course! His graphic (in more ways than one) tale of surviving the plague is must reading.


Sunday, April 26, 2020

The cartoon life of Matt Wuerker

From Politico.

"I have very little adult supervision" says Matt Wuerker, Politico's Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, who enjoys a colorful career sketching Trump, Pelosi, and other characters.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Cartoonists for the Cause — Covid relief fundraisers

From the AAEC website and from Amazon.

Cartoonists from both side of the border are offering signed art in fundraisers and auctions to help out local institutions.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Canadian Cartoonists Against Covid-19

From the ACC website.

The Association of Canadian Cartoonists has set up a gallery on its' website to entertain (and remind) our fellow Canucks (and friends around the world) of the important part humour will play in keeping our spirits up and bringing us together. We are all affected by this crisis and over time this will become even more critical as community morale will be tested.

The cartoons can be seen here.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Mort Drucker 1929-2020

From the New York Post.

Mort Drucker, the renowned caricature artist behind many movie posters and the satiric illustrations of cult comedy staple Mad magazine died April 9 at his home in Woodbury, N.Y. He was 91.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

The story behind "Not The New York Times"

From The New York Times.

In 1978, a mischievous band of writers that included George Plimpton and Nora Ephron teamed up to create a spoof of The New York Times. Turns out, Times journalists were among them.

Monday, March 30, 2020

"Department of Mind-Blowing Theories" by Tom Gauld

From Publisher's Weekly.

Tom Gauld turns out this fizzy collection of one-panel cartoons, originally drawn for New Scientist magazine, showcasing his charmingly simplified art and brainy, gently off-kilter comic sensibility.

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.

As the city, country, and world continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the 16th annual Doug Wright Awards, scheduled for Saturday, May 9th, in Toronto, will not be taking place exactly as planned but rather a live-streamed virtual ceremony.

The 2020 Doug Wright Awards will be broadcast online on Saturday, May 9th, at 8 p.m.

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.