Thursday, July 22, 2021

Filipino Artists dare to dissent in online campaign

From Rappler

Cartoon by Tarantadong Kalbo

What started out as a simple image has inspired Filipino artists across the nation to stand up for what they believe in.

Satirical cartoonist Tarantadong Kalbo posted a digital drawing on Saturday, July 17, of “fist people” bowing down to seemingly resemble the fist bump gesture used by President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies. 

The focus of the drawing is on the one fist person, reminiscent of the raised fist used by activists everywhere, who dared to stand up and stand out from the crowd.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

"Buffalo News" Cartoonist Adam Zyglis Joins Byline Strike

From WBFO.

Cartoons by Adam Zyglis have disappeared from the pages of The Buffalo News after he joined the byline strike by the Buffalo Newspaper Guild against owner Lee Enterprises. 

Adam posted the above message on social media.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Results of World Press Cartoon 2121

From World Press Cartoon.

Gio, "Digital Imprint", Il Mundiario

Italian cartoonist Gio won first prize in the Gag category and the Grand Prize of the 2121 World Press Cartoon competition in Caldas da Rainha.

Copyright lawsuit proceeds against Disney and Pixar

 From The National Post.

If you were a student of animation at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont., twenty years ago, you probably saw a 14-minute live-action low-budget student production about the internal life of a boy called Lewis and how his behaviour is controlled by five organs, each personified as a character: Brain, Stomach, Colon, Bladder and Heart.

It was called Inside Out.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui Is Killed In Afghanistan

 From National Public Radio.

An exhausted Rohingya refugee woman touches the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, on Sept. 11, 2017.
Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Danish Siddiqui, who worked for the Reuters news agency based out of India, was killed Friday while on assignment in southern Afghanistan after coming under fire by Taliban militiamen.

Siddiqui, who was 38 years old, had been embedded with Afghan special forces in southern Kandahar province when he was killed along with a senior Afghan officer, Reuters reports.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Morten Morland Wins Cartoonist of the Year in the British Press Awards

 From the Society of Editors.

Morten Morland, of The Sunday Times and The Times, was chosen Cartoonist of the Year in the British Press Awards. 

The runner-ups were Ben Jennings (The Guardian), Chris Riddell (The Observer), Jonathan Pugh (Daily Mail), Matt Pritchett (The Telegraph) and Nick Newman (The Sunday Times).

Friday, July 9, 2021

China ramps up anti-Canada offensive

 From The National Post.

The cartoon is not exactly subtle. It depicts Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sitting on what appear to be the skulls of Indigenous people, grave stones in the background.

“We stole your land, we killed your men, we buried your child (sic),” says the smirking Trudeau character as vultures circle behind him. “Let’s reconcile.”

Thursday, July 8, 2021

The State of Cartooning in India

 From Live Wire.

In June 2021, political cartoonist Manjul was informed by Twitter that the social media site had received a legal request from Indian authorities to take action against his profile. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Cartoonist Carel Moiseiwitsch Loses Home and Art in Lytton Fire

 From James Lloyd's Facebook page.

Posting this in regards to the recent news of the destruction by fire of the nearby town of Lytton, which is nestled along the Fraser Canyon. 
One of Canada's true cartooning greats, Carel Moiseiwitsch, lives there, and word has it her studio and home did not survive.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Danny Shanahan (1957-2021)

 From Ink Spill.

The cartoonist, Danny Shanahan, who contributed drawings to The New Yorker from September of 1988 through last year, died early on July 5, according to his wife, Janet Stetson. 

He was 64, just days shy of his 65th birthday. His death was due to complications from surgery.

Monday, July 5, 2021

Editorial Cartoonists at the National Society of Newspaper Columnists

 From the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

AAEC President Jen Sorensen‬ has won First Place for her editorial cartoons from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. 

This is the first year the NSNC has included a category for cartooning, and it is a welcome addition to the annual slate of journalism awards.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Friday, July 2, 2021

Vermont Publisher Defends Editorial Cartoons

 Paula Routly in Seven Days.

Self-portrait by Tim Newcomb

Every week, Seven Days publishes an assortment of cartoons. Most of them are in the back of the paper in a section called Fun Stuff.

That name is a bit of a deception. Cartoons aren't always lighthearted. Over the last few years, the strips we've published have offered searing political commentary and memorable caricatures. 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Censorship in Jordan

From Cartooning for Peace.

On 29 June 2021, the Jordanian cartoonist and member of Cartooning for Peace, Osama Hajjaj, appeared in court to explain a cartoon about family planning in Jordan.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

"V for Vendetta: Behind The Mask" at the Cartoon Museum

 From Cartoon Museum.

This major new exhibition invites you to step inside the story and characters of one of the world’s most iconic graphic novels: V for Vendetta.

Presenting 36 original comic artworks alongside storyboards and costume designs from the hit Warner Bros movie, V for Vendetta: Behind the Mask charts the rise from comic to graphic novel, Hollywood film to iconic symbol of protest. 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

"Pogo" Exhibition at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

 From the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

"Into the Swamp: The Social and Political Satire of Walt Kelly's Pogo" exhibition is on display through October 31, 2021 at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus, Ohio.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Pedro Molina's fight for fair elections in Nicaragua

 From PRI.

Nicaraguan political cartoonist Pedro X. Molina wants to see fair elections in his country. 

Living in exile in Ithaca, New York, Molina fled Nicaragua on Christmas Day 2018 during a government crackdown on the press. 

He's still drawing images against the government of Daniel Ortega, posting cartoons online in Confidencial, an independent media outlet in Nicaragua.

Molina joined The World's Carol Hills to talk about his work and the struggle for fair elections in Nicaragua.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

150th Day in Jail for Egyptian Cartoonist Ashraf Hamdi

 From Cartooning for Peace.

On January 25th 2021 Ashraf Hamdi, celebrated creator of Egyptoon, a brand of animated satirical social media content, was arrested at his home in Giza, Egypt. 

He posted a brief comment – “They are coming.” – to his Facebook page shortly after re-posting a link to an old animated cartoon that made a humorous observation about the 2011 revolutionary movement, Jan. 25th being the tenth anniversary of that event. 

The comment has since been deleted and the cartoon in question removed from YouTube.

Monday, June 21, 2021

"Lieutenant Dangerous" by Jeff Danziger


Jeff Danziger’s unique voice will resound in the same way other classics such as Catch-22, The Things They Carried and Matterhorn have done for years. Lieutenant Dangerous is also full of never-before-seen illustrations by the author created specifically for the book.

Friday, June 18, 2021

The Washington Post Taken to Task for Canadian Coverage

 Andrew Cohen in The Citizen.

The Washington Post is one of the world’s great newspapers. It published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and revealed Donald Trump’s finances.

In Canada, it is represented by Amanda Coletta, who studied journalism and international affairs at the University of Toronto. 

Her title is “Toronto-based correspondent” rather than “bureau chief” (a distinction the newspaper’s publicist declined to explain).

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Anita Kunz’s COVID-Induced Creative Outburst

 Françoise Mouly in The New Yorker.

“The Daughter of Man, by Renée Francoise Magritte.”

I was locked up for fifteen months,” the artist and illustrator Anita Kunz said, when reached in her native Toronto. 
“What else could I do but a painting a day?” 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

2020 Sigma Delta Chi Awards in Editorial Cartooning

 From the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Society of Professional Journalists announced the recipients of the 2020 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism.

Matt Davies of Newsday won in the Newspaper Circulation 100,001+ or Affiliated Website/National Magazine category.

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Adrian Tomine’s “Easing Back”

 Françoise Mouly in The New Yorker.

For many of us, covid-19 transformed life in a matter of days. 

We have a bit more leisure when it comes to our return, with each person proceeding at their own pace. 

In his new cover, Adrian Tomine, the artist behind one of the most enduring images of quarantine, depicts the lingering presence of the pandemic on our past, our present, and perhaps even our future. 

Tomine recently told us about what he’s looking forward to this summer.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Many condemn the non Pulitzer Award for Editorial Cartooning

 From the AAEC website.

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists strongly disagrees with the decision by the Pulitzer Board to award no Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning in 2021. 

We are mystified by the pointed rejection of talented Finalists as well as the many other artists who have been creating powerful work in these most eventful and challenging of times.

Gaming the Pulitzers

 From J.P. Trostle's Facebook page.

Over the years I often made friendly bets with other cartoonists on who would win the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. We never wagered money but instead played for bragging rights and the sheer chutzpah of handicapping our friend's work in the race for journalism's "big award."

Not anymore. There's no point.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Mort Gerberg Awarded Gold Key Award

 From the National Cartoonists Society website.

The National Cartoonists Society takes great pleasure in announcing that the Gold Key Award will be presented this year to Mort Gerberg, for his widely-varied and successful career of over 60 years as a cartoonist.

The Gold Key, awarded by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors, honors the recipient as a member of the NCS Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

So, You Want to Be a New Yorker Cartoonist

From The New Yorker

Howdy. I’m Emma Allen, and I take it you want to be a New Yorker cartoonist.

Before you uncap that pen or dip your quill in the blood of your frenemies, you might want to take these cartooning tips and tricks into account. Or not! Who am I to tell you what to do?

Oh, right, I’m the cartoon editor of The New Yorker.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Fifty years of Martyn Turner cartoons at The Irish Times

Patrick Freyne in The Irish Times

Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill. Background: Martyn Turner

Martyn Turner began contributing cartoons to The Irish Times in the summer of 1971. Half a century later, he's still a satirical genius. 

Martyn Turner is at his drawing board, brush in left hand, inking an addendum to the Irish Times guide to common garden birds that satirises vulture-like law professionals, cuckoo funds and the recently chosen leader of the DUP. 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Bill Mauldin show at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library of Chicago

 Neil Steinberg in The Chicago Sun-Times.

“Who is Bill Mauldin?” reads lamppost banners outside the Monroe Building, where “Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & the Art of War” opened Friday at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, 104 S. Michigan.

Monday, May 24, 2021

My Top 10


"The Third World" was drawn on May 21, 1979. This version dates from November 28, 1985.

To mark my 40th anniversary at Le Droit, the newspaper published my ten favorite drawings on its website.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

"The Dog Show: Two Centuries of Canine Cartoons" at Ohio State


Snoopy, Biscuit, Grimmy, Marmaduke, Farley, Otto, Earl, Odie, Snert, Dawg, Sandy and Ruff.
Art by Eric Reaves. 

The Ohio State University Libraries presents The Dog Show: Two Centuries of Canine Cartoons, an exhibition curated by comics historian Brian Walker, features over one hundred different characters documenting the fascination that cartoonists have had with our furry friends. 

The Dog Show is on view June 19 through October 31, 2021. Admission is free.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Clay Jones Suspended from Facebook


Cartoonist Clay Jones has been suspended from the Facebook platform for unspecified violations of community standards. He has appealed.

Friday, May 14, 2021

AAEC cancels in-person convention in 2021

 From  the AAEC website.

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has joined other cartoon festivals in dropping their plans for an in-person convention in 2021. 

The AAEC had been in talks with the Association of Canadian Cartoonists to meet in Ottawa later this year.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

No editorial cartoons in Postmedia Opinion pages

 From Graeme Mackay's Facebook page.

Four of today's big Canadian city papers (the Calgary Herald, the Montreal Gazette, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Regina Leader Post) are running stock photos in the traditional spot meant for editorial cartoons on their Opinion pages. 

It's not due to a lack of satire available for them to run, it's budget cuts (saving papers $15-20 running freelance cartoons), and editors ignoring the fact that editorial cartoons are often the first thing readers look for in their newspapers. 

Let these Postmedia papers know this is an unacceptable trend.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

The 2021 Doug Wright Awards

 From the Doug Wright Awards' blog.

Last night, Saturday, May 8th, the winners of the 17th annual Doug Wright Awards were announced, during a virtual ceremony (a featured event of the 2021 Toronto Comic Arts Festival), pre-recorded and livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube. 

Don McKellar once again hosted this second pandemic edition of the awards, still trapped in his garage, though this year assisted by the drummer Alaska B.

More than 200 viewers tuned in to the livestream, which featured the DWA co-founder Seth in front of a gold curtain, virtually handing out trophies to the winners.

Sophie Bédard is this year’s winner of The Doug Wright Award for best book with Lonely Boys published by Pow Pow Press in Montreal.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Michael de Adder wins National Newspaper Award 2020

From the NNA website.

Michael de Adder of the Halifax Chronicle Herald and Toronto Star was the winner in the Editorial Cartooning category at the 72nd edition of the National Newspaper Awards for the first time after being nominated previously. 

Graeme MacKay of the Hamilton Spectator and Bruce MacKinnon of the Halifax Chronicle Herald were the finalists.

Friday, May 7, 2021

"Trots and Bonnie" by Shary Flenniken

 From New York Review Books.

In the 1970s and 1980s, National Lampoon was home not only to some of the funniest humor writing in America but also to many of its best cartoons. 

One of the greatest was Trots and Bonnie by Shary Flenniken, a comic strip that followed the adventures and mishaps of the guileless teenager Bonnie and her wisecracking dog, Trots.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Nominees of the 2021 Doug Wright Awards

 From Doug Wright Awards.

17th Annual Doug Wright Awards poster by Robb Mirsky.

The Doug Wright Awards are pleased to announce this year’s nominees, selected from works published by Canadian creators in the 2020 calendar year:

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The New York Times is Retiring the term "Op-Ed"

 From The Daily Heller.

A surprising announcement published in The New York Times on April 27 was the crowning blow in a life saga that I call “the end of the world as I've known it.” 

Monday, May 3, 2021

21th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition (Results)


First PrizeJean-Loïc Bélom, France

The jury, composed of the members of World Press Freedom Canada, met on April 13 to select the winners of the 21th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition.

The theme, this year, was "Censorship, shaming and disinformation on social media" and we received 406 entries from 59 countries.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Cartooning for Peace Celebrates World Press Freedom Day

 From Cartooning for Peace.

Joep Bertrams, Netherlands

Like every year, Cartooning for Peace cartoonists are mobilizing all over the world in favor of press freedom, a fight that is all the more essential in times of pandemic: Reporters Without Borders has just published its world press freedom ranking and reminds us that journalism, “the main vaccine against the virus of disinformation”, is “totally or partially blocked in 73% of the countries evaluated by RSF”.

This is why Cartooning for Peace is continuing its commitment alongside UNESCO and RSF in particular, within the framework of World Press Freedom Day, under the theme of “Information as a public good”. 

Find all the information here

Friday, April 16, 2021

2021 World Press Photo Contest

 From World Press Photo.

The jury of the 2021 Photo Contest selected Mads Nissen’s photograph The First Embrace as the World Press Photo of the Year, and Habibi by Antonio Faccilongo as the World Press Photo Story of the Year

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Cartoon Museum remembers patron Prince Philip

 From Down the Tubes.

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh has been an enthusiastic Patron of The Cartoon Museum in London for over 20 years and his death has been greeted with sorrow.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Humorist Anne Beatts Dies at 74

From The Comic's Comic.

Another of the original writers for Saturday Night Live has died. 

Anne Beatts, who was the first woman hired to help edit The National Lampoon, and after SNL went on to create the cult sitcom Square Pegs, died Wednesday. Beatts was 74.

Matt Bors Is Quitting Political Cartooning

 From Matt Bors Medium.

After 18 years and more than 1,600 political cartoons, I’ve decided to retire my weekly comic. 

This is a decision long in the making, one I’ve slowly walked myself up to over the years, and have recently decided is time to commit to. 

My last cartoon was two weeks ago.

Thursday, April 8, 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.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Kal Wins 2020 Overseas Press Club Award

 From Kaltoons.

Kevin (KAL) Kallaugher was awarded the 2020 Overseas Press Club Award for Best Cartoons on International Affairs as presented by the Overseas Press Club of America. 

This is part of the prestigious series of journalism awards bestowed by the OPC each year to journalists, photographers and filmmakers. The press release for the awards can be found here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Results of 37th Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Competition

From Aydin Dogan.


First Prize, Reynerio Tamayo (Cuba)

The Aydın Doğan International Cartoon Competition is organized every year in Turkey by the Aydın Doğan Foundation. The competition is open to professional and amateur cartoonists from all over the world.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

"Free Speech: And Why You Should Give a Damn" Zoom Talk

 From The Free Library.

In conversation with Bob Mankoff, cartoonist, cartoon and humor editor for Esquire, and former cartoon editor, The New Yorker.