Monday, March 1, 2021

Bill Sanders 1930-2021

 Jordyn Noennig in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Former Milwaukee Journal political cartoonist William (Bill) Sanders died Saturday at the age of 90. 

Sanders was a thorn in the side of politicians locally, especially Milwaukee Mayor Henry Maier, but presidents from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump also felt the heat from his pen. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The 21st World Press Freedom Canada International Editorial Cartoon Competition


1. The theme for the 21th International Editorial Cartoon Competition is:


Censorship, shaming and disinformation on social media  


Social media and its algorithms can spare us from being confronted with contrary opinions, creating echo chambers for our own points of views.

The proliferation of disinformation has turned debates into fights where dialogue is no longer possible, and unpopular opinions are shouted down or cancelled out.

It leaves journalists operating in an environment where facts are often subordinated to lies and propaganda spread online. 

As the siege on Capitol Hill has demonstrated, moderating social media is no longer a luxury.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

In solidarity with Australian cartoonists, the AAEC condemns Facebook

From the AAEC.

The AAEC joins with the professional cartoonists, journalists and media outlets of Australia in rebuking Facebook and its continent-wide banning of news organizations on its platform, a ban that extends to anyone attempting to share a link to a published article, video or editorial cartoon. 

Friday, February 19, 2021

Pat Oliphant Exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

 From The Berkshire Eagle.

A new special collection gallery featuring the political cartoons of Pat Oliphant is on view through May 31 at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

"Selected Works" by Barbara Klunder

 From Barbara Klunder's Facebook page.

Barbara Klunder has just self-published, in a very limited edition, a selection of her work.

Divided in 14 Chapters, the book contains a few stories of the times as well as paper-cuts, illustrations for the BamBoo bar on Queens street in Toronto, posters, book and album covers as well as fonts design. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Alan King 1947-2021


It is with great shock and sadness that I learned of the passing last night, at St. Michael’s hospital in Toronto, of Alan King, former editorial cartoonist at The Ottawa Citizen.

Born in 1947 in Belfast, Ireland, he immigrated, at the age of 2, with his family to Canada. He studied classical music as a child and at university.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

"A National Insanity: 75 Years of Looking for Nina"

 From the Al Hirshfeld Foundation.

75 years ago, Al Hirshfeld began to hide his daughter’s name, NINA, in the designs of his drawings when she was born in 1945.

According to the artist he put it "in folds of sleeves, tousled hairdos, eyebrows, wrinkles, background, sholaces - anywhere to make it difficult, but not too difficult to find." 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Le Monde's cartoonist Plantu to bow out after 50 years

 From France 24.

-I must not draw the prophet Mohammed

Plantu, the celebrated cartoonist of France's daily Le Monde announced last Friday that he would soon leave the paper after half a century of mocking the elite in his country and elsewhere with his bitingly acerbic drawings.

The departure on March 31 of Plantu -- who has championed cartoons as a bastion of free expression -- comes as a freedom of speech debate is raging both at the venerable paper and in France.

Monday, February 1, 2021

The Xavier Gorce Controversy

 From Cartooning for Peace.

If I was abused by the adoptive half-brother of my transgendered father's companion who became my mother, could we label it incest?

Online controversy, public apology and resignation: the collaboration between cartoonist Xavier Gorce and the newspaper Le Monde comes to an end.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The new executive board of the AAEC

 From the AAEC website.

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

The members of the Association of American Cartoonists have voted their new executive board:

AAEC Officers 2021-2022

  • President: Jen Sorensen, The Nib
  • Vice President: Ed Hall, freelance
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Monte Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons
  • Immediate Past President: Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Observer
  • Director: Tim Campbell, Washington Post News Service & Syndication (2nd year)
  • Director: Liza Donnelly, The New Yorker (2nd year)
  • Director: Gretchen Koch (1st year)
  • International Advisor: Patrick Chappatte, freelance
  • Digital Editor & cat herder: JP Trostle
  • General Manager: Kelsey Maher


Monday, January 25, 2021

Private Eye editor looks at satirising 2020

 From The Irish Examiner.

Ian Hislop in the Private Eye office

Ian Hislop, editor of the UK satirical magazine Private Eye, and team captain on political panel show Have I Got News For You, has every reason to be thoroughly pessimistic.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Cartooning the Trump Years: The View from Opposing Political Planets

 From Politico.

Corrupt villain or mistreated hero? Liberal and conservative Americans saw two very different Trumps—and so did North American cartoonists.

Editor of Politico’s Cartoon Carousel, a weekly compilation of cartoons from across the political spectrum, Matt Wuerker has seen the hardening of these divides in real time. 

As liberal cartoonists sketched Trump's presidency as a mounting series of horrors, their counterparts on the right turned the celebrity businessman into a kind of crusading folk hero.

You will find in this article examples of diverging views on the following subjects: The Inauguration, Trump and Russia, Charlottesville, Syria, Trade Wars, Trump and Kim Jong Un, Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination, The Mueller Report, The Wall, Immigration, Fake News, Impeachment, Covid, George Floyd Protests, A Racial Awakening, The 2020 Election, The Election Aftermath and The Capitol Riot.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Good riddance!

We guessed very early, with “alternative facts” appearing on day one, that Donald Trump would be an uncommun president. The events of January 6 have made sure that he will be remembered as the worst in the history of the United States.


Thursday, January 14, 2021

"Into the Swamp: The Social and Political Satire of Walt Kelly’s Pogo" Exhibition

 From The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Into the Swamp: The Social and Political Satire of Walt Kelly’s Pogo, an exhibition curated from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (BICLM) collections, showcases political satire and commentary using a motley group of swamp critters from Walt Kelly’s newspaper comic strip Pogo. 

Into the Swamp is on view January 30 through October 31, 2021 with a temporary closing April 19 through June 11, 2021 at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Admission is free.

Monday, January 11, 2021

News from Patrick Oliphant

From The Santa Fe New Mexican

Richard Nixon victory salute, April 23, 1994, Library of Congress

Political cartoonist Patrick Oliphant kept some of his hate mail. Some of it he memorized and can still recite verbatim.

Some of it he crumpled into a ball and tossed aside. 

Some are now housed in the archives at the University of Virginia, a curious memento from a career that lasted for more than half a century and defined political parody in some of the most prominent newspapers in the United States.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Images of the attack on the Capitol

 From Fast Company.

Lea Millis, Reuters

Donald Trump’s presidency is in its last gasps, but photographs taken during Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will remain a visceral reminder of how hard he tried to fight reality.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Jordan Alert – Emad Hajjaj

 From Cartooning for Peace.

"Israel asks the United States not to sell F35 to the United Arab Emirates"

The Criminal Magistrate’s Court of Amman (Jordan) has decided to cease the prosecution of cartoonist Emad Hajjaj.

Cartooning for Peace welcomes the court’s decision, taken at a hearing on 23 December 2020, to drop charges against the cartoonist for “contempt of a president of a foreign country against the provisions of 122/1 of the Penal Code” following the publication of the above cartoon .

Monday, January 4, 2021

The final AAEC Notebook

 From Twitter.

The annual AAEC Notebook is back from the printer and headed out to members this week! 

As this may be the last print edition of the 63-year-old editorial cartoonist publication, we wanted to go out with a bang. Good riddance, 2020.

Friday, January 1, 2021