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.