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.” 

At the bottom of the editorial page of theTimes appeared a boxed story titled “Why The New York Times is Retiring the term Op-Ed,” from which I quote the pertinent excerpt below. 

… It’s time to change the name. The reason is simple: In the digital world, in which millions of Times readers absorb the paper’s journalism online, there is no geographical “Op-Ed,” just as there is no geographical “Ed” for Op-Ed to be opposite to. It is a relic of an older age and an older print newspaper design. 
So now, at age 50, the designation will be retired. Editorials will still be called editorials, but the articles written by outside writers will be known as “Guest Essays,” a title that will appear prominently above the headline.

(Founded in 1970, “Op-Ed” originally referred to the page opposite the newspaper's editorial; it's not, as is often believed, a solely dedicated space for opposing editorial viewpoints, though it does feature them along with the paper's weekly and biweekly columnists.)


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.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Cartoonist Michael de Adder joins Washington Post Opinions

 From The Washington Post.

Washington Post Opinions today announced Michael de Adder will join Ann Telnaes as a political cartoonist. 

Beginning March 31, de Adder will draw three cartoons a week for The Washington Post in print and online

On the other four days of the week, readers will continue to see cartoons from a variety of the best cartoonists including Drew Sheneman, Pia Guerra, Mike Luckovich and others.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Ann Telnaes' year of covid cartoons

 From the Washington Post.

With regular use of hand sanitizer and keeping a safe distance from all the toxicity, Washington Post cartoonist Ann Telnaes visually recorded the politics and policies of our long year living with the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Rob Rogers wins the 2021 Herblock Prize

 From the Herblock Foundation website.

Contributing cartoonist to and Counterpoint, Rob Rogers is the award-winning, nationally-syndicated editorial cartoonist formerly with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After earning an MFA in painting from Carnegie Mellon University in 1984, Rogers landed an internship at the Pittsburgh Press

Three months later he was hired as the full-time editorial cartoonist. In 1993, Rogers joined the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Altered Cartoon Causing a Stir in Trenton

 From The Trentonian,

Original cartoon by Brian Fairrington

It's not the first time a politician was upset about a political cartoon.

But at-large councilman Jerell Blakeley said he felt an editorial satire that appeared on a local Facebook group went too far by calling for his assassination during a taut time in city politics.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The American Bystander at 18

 From The Daily Heller.

When in 2015, Trump was just an annoying little gnat, Michael Gerber knew that humor would be a saving grace in a demonic moment of history & unveiled The American Bystander, the first new national humor magazine in 30 years. 

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Humorist Tony Hendra Dies at 79

 From The New York Times.

Tony Hendra, a humorist whose wide-ranging résumé included top editing jobs at National Lampoon and Spy magazines and a zesty role in the mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap,” died on Thursday in Yonkers, N.Y. He was 79.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Amnesty strips Alexei Navalny of 'prisoner of conscience' status

 From the BBC.

A spokesman for the human rights organisation in Moscow told the BBC that he believed the wave of requests to "de-list" Navalny was part of an "orchestrated campaign" to discredit Vladimir Putin's most vocal critic and "impede" Amnesty's calls for his release from custody.

But on review, Amnesty International concluded that comments made by Navalny some 15 years ago, including a video which appears to compare immigrants to cockroaches, amounted to "hate speech" which was incompatible with the label "prisoner of conscience".

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Six Dr. Seuss books pulled from publication (updated)

 From The National Post.

Six children’s books written by Dr. Seuss decades ago were pulled from publication because they contain racist and insensitive imagery, the company formed to preserve the deceased author’s legacy said on Tuesday.

The books – “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!” “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer” – are among more than 60 books written by Dr. Seuss, the pen name of the American writer and illustrator Theodor Geisel, who died in 1991.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

PEN America Calls for the Release of Cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore

 From PEN America.

In the wake of the death in custody of Bangladeshi writer Mushtaq Ahmed last week, PEN America is deeply concerned about the health and well-being of codefendant cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore, who has reportedly undergone torture in detention at the Kashimpur High Security Prison and whose health is reportedly failing.

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. 

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