Friday, May 29, 2020

Twitter Briefly Suspends Counterpoint's Account

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has asked their Twitter followers not to post Counterpoint's co-founder Nik Anderson's cartoon to Trump, his campaign as well as to the White House.

Counterpoint, which published the original cartoon, has had their Twitter account suspended.

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 National Newspaper Award 2019

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.