Friday, July 31, 2020

Cartoon Museum gets £100k lottery funding

From Downthetubes Comic News.

We are delighted to report that The Cartoon Museum has been awarded a grant of £98,700 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to support the museum in combatting the severe financial threat resulting from the museum’s closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The power of the political cartoon

Neil Mackay in The Herald Scotland.

"Plumb-pudding in danger", James Gilray

The Guardian newspaper has decided that it won’t renew the contract of its top cartoonist Steve Bell, triggering a fresh round of controversy over cancel culture.

Writer at Large Neil Mackay looks at the power of the political cartoon and finds that for satire to work, it needs to offend and be brutal.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Jan Eliot’s comic strip Stone Soup comes to an end

Bob Keefer from The Eugene Weekly.

A gently humorous era comes to an end later this month when Eugene cartoonist Jan Eliot retires her popular family cartoon strip Stone Soup after 25 years of national syndication.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

New Stuff from Gary Larson

From the Far Side website.

Welcome to, the first official online home of The Far Side! 
Created by Gary Larson, the single-panel cartoon ran daily in newspapers from 1980 to 1995. In those fifteen years, The Far Side went from garnering controversy to becoming one of the most beloved cartoons of its time. 
Until now, it has never been offered online. We encourage you to read Gary's Letter to find out why. (Yes, he is definitely still alive.)

Friday, July 24, 2020

Why does no one want to be a cartoonist any more?

Nick Newman in The Spectator.

‘Nightmare!’ is how The Spectator’s cartoon editor Michael Heath has been describing cartooning for at least 30 years, but it’s truer now than ever. 

Eighty years ago, cartoonists were so celebrated that waxworks of Low, Strube and Poy were displayed in Madame Tussauds. 

Friday, July 17, 2020

"LEWSER!: More Doonesbury in the Time of Trump"

From Simon & Shuster.

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist whose acclaimed Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump blew up the bestseller list, Gary Trudeau's third (and final?) collection of Doonesbury Trump cartoons takes readers through the dark heart of Trump's presidency and into 2020 election mania. 

Including two years' worth of original Doonesbury Sundays, full-color spreads, and 18 previously unpublished strips, the completion of Trudeau's Trump trilogy arrives just as the 2020 election is in full swing.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Aislin's tribute to Duncan Macpherson

Susan Schwartz in The Montreal Gazette.

Duncan Macpherson (1924-1993) was Canada’s most celebrated political cartoonist. He won six National Newspaper Awards for his work at the Toronto Star and was awarded the Order of Canada, among many other honours.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Second Libex International Competition of Political Satire

From Fany-Bog.

The Librexpression/LIBEX Centre of the Giuseppe Di Vagno Foundation (1889-1921), dedicated to the promotion of freedom of expression and political satire, has decided to launch its second international competition on the theme "freedom of expression and satire in danger", in collaboration with the association Cartooning for Peace and the multilingual website

Friday, July 10, 2020

Clay Bennett wins Sigma Delta Chi Award

From the AAEC website.

Clay Bennett, the editorial cartoonist at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, won this year’s Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalism. Bennett won in the category for papers of circulation of 100,000+

Alexander Hunter, a 28 years veteran of the Washington Times, won in the >100,000 category.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Henry Read Martin (1925 - 2020)

From Ink Spill.

Longtime New Yorker cartoonist Henry Read Martin (who signed his cartoons H. Martin) died on June 30, 2020, just two weeks shy of his 95th birthday.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Police Union Denounces Editorial Cartoon in Full Page Ad

From Theo Moudakis' Facebook page.

This cartoon by Theo Moudakis was published in The Toronto Star on June 25. The Hamilton police union then ran a full page ad in The Hamilton Spectator to denounce it and a former cop wrote in to call it "discrimination against a minority group".

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Former Province Editorial Cartoonist Strikes Again

From CBC News.

When Vancouver artist Bob Krieger started painting the heroes of his youth 10 years ago, he never imagined how much the portraits would resonate today.