Saturday, December 24, 2022

2022: The Year in Cartoons by Clay Bennett

A slideshow of the twelve cartoons featured above by cartoonist Clay Bennett can be found here.

Friday, December 23, 2022

The best Michael de Adder cartoons of 2022


Editorial cartoonist Michael de Adder drew his takes on all of 2022′s biggest stories. 
Here are his favourites.

The best Ann Telnaes cartoons of 2022

From abortion to Twitter to the war in Ukraine, 2022’s biggest stories came to life in Ann Telnaes' editorial cartoons. These are her favourites.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

AI-Created Comic Deemed Ineligible for Copyright Protection

From CBR.

Reversing an earlier decision, the United States Copyright Office rules that a comic book made using A.I. art is ineligible for copyright protection.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

An open letter to the Overseas Press Club from the AAEC

From the AAEC website.

It's no secret cartoonists were disappointed when the  Overseas Press Club dropped the name of Thomas Nast from their cartooning award. 

Now the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists President Kevin Necessary is asking the OPCA to rename the contest after 20th century great Bill Mauldin.

Saturday, December 17, 2022

The artist behind Trump's NFT cards

From The Daily Cartoonist.

The artist who designed NFT digital cards with “amazing ART of Donald Trump’s Life & Career” is Clark Mitchell.

Clark Mitchell has been creating commercial art for years “for iconic brands, including Star Wars, Disney, Lucas Arts, Coca-Cola, Time Magazine and ESPN Magazine – to name a few.” 

Monday, December 12, 2022

Charlie Hebdo's international competition

From Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo is launching an international competition to produce caricatures of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Supreme Leader.

Friday, December 9, 2022

New Yorker Cartoonist Lee Lorenz Dies at 90

Lee Lorenz, The New Yorker‘s art editor from 1973-1993, and cartoon editor from 1993-1997, passed away yesterday morning at his home in Easton, Connecticut. 

Lee contributed cartoons and covers to The New Yorker for fifty-seven years, from March 8, 1958 through 2015. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Signe Wilkinson Remembers Tony Auth

From The Philadelphia Inquirer.

A decade after Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth departed The Inquirer, colleague Signe Wilkinson reflects on his memorable career — and mourns the decimated state of their still-vital profession.

Monday, December 5, 2022

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Underground Cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb Dies At 74

From Forbes

The underground comix scene, which arose from the counterculture of the 1960s, was not especially supportive of female artists. 

One of the few to break through and leave a lasting legacy was Aline Kominsky-Crumb, whose frank, self-lacerating, darkly humorous stories helped inspire generations of visual storytellers and the wider culture. 

Word started spreading on social media that Kominsky-Crumb died on Tuesday at her home in France from pancreatic cancer. She was 74.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Gene Basset 1927-2022

From The Daily Cartoonist.

The Philadelphia Daily News, Tuesday, July 12, 1977

50 years ago, Gene Basset was the President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, followed 20 years later by his son Brian — marking the only time the AAEC had multi-generational presidents.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Announcement from World Press Cartoon

When the World Press Cartoon 2022 exhibition in the city of Caldas de Rainha was coming to an end, in the last days of August, we received information from the mayor's office that it would no longer include support for our event in its annual plan of cultural activities.

«Without prejudice to the substantive value of the works of international scope that give rise to the competition and exhibition – which we recognize – a detailed analysis of the costs and benefits of carrying it out in Caldas da Rainha, in the light of the general panorama of city council investments in the area of ​​culture, not left room for a decision other than its interruption.»

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Tributes to Charles M. Schulz

From The Daily Cartoonist.

"Cartoonists across the nation are celebrating the 100th birthday of “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz as only they can — with cartoons.

"More than 75 syndicated cartoonists have tucked tributes, Easter eggs and references to “Peanuts” in Saturday’s funny papers to honour the creator of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and company."

The Charles M. Schulz Museum is proud to share the collection of tributes on this page.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

George Lois, an icon of ads and magazine covers, has died at 91

From NPR.

George Lois, the hard-selling, charismatic advertising man and designer who fashioned some of the most daring magazine images of the 1960s and popularized such catchphrases and brand names as "I Want My MTV" and "Lean Cuisine," has died. He was 91.

Lois' son, the photographer Luke Lois, said he died "peacefully" Friday at his home in Manhattan.

Monday, November 21, 2022

"Britain's Best Political Cartoons 2022"


In Britain's Best Political Cartoons 2022 the nation's finest satirists turn their eyes and their pens to the biggest, funniest and most poignant news stories of the year so far. 

Bringing much needed humour to a tumultuous year in politics, this companion features the work of Peter Brookes, Steve Bell, Morten Morland, Nicola Jennings, Christian Adams, Dave Brown, Brian Adcock and many more, alongside captions from Britain's leading cartoon expert. 

Britain's Best Political Cartoons 2022
Edited by Tim Benson
208 pages
ISBN10 1529153050
ISBN13 9781529153057

Friday, November 18, 2022

Happy 80th, Aislin: A Fanfare of Birthday Cartoons for Terry Mosher

From Policy.

On November 11th, legendary Montreal Gazette cartoonist, national treasure and Policy contributor Terry Mosher — a.k.a Aislin — turned 80. 

To mark the occasion, Wes Tyrell, president of the Association of Canadian Cartoonists, commissioned birthday cartoons from Terry’s fellow cartoonists across the country. 

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Videos

From the AAEC website.

If you missed this year’s Cartoon Crossroads Columbus in October, the Festival has now posted all of the sessions on their YouTube channel.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Mike Graston donates cartoon collection to University of Windsor

From O Canada.

Crime, controversy, and corruption — Mike Graston had a lot to draw on. 

The artwork he spent nearly four decades creating, documenting history with a twist as the Windsor Star’s editorial cartoonist, will now be preserved for posterity.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Pledge drive for Cartoonists Rights Network International

We rarely ask our followers to give, but over the coming holiday season we are running a pledge drive. Head to our donate page now and lend your support to our mission - help us defend cartoonists’ free expression.

Free Expression doesn’t come cheap. In fact, multiple cartoonists have lost their lives in their pursuit of that right. Others have been assaulted and abused, criminalized or imprisoned, and an increasing number are displaced from their homes.

Our mission is to defend these vulnerable cartoonists, including material aid for those in emergencies. Now more than ever we can only meet their needs with your help. When you donate, you show support of our work and your commitment to human rights and free expression.

If you set up a direct debit of $50 or less today, it will be matched in the first two months by – but only while their offer lasts!

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Filipino Cartoonist shot and killed in ambush

From Cartooning for Peace.

Cartoonist and art teacher Benharl Capote Kahil (Ben) was shot and killed on November 5 while riding his motorbike home in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat. 

The motive for the killing is unknown.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Auditor steals baseball cartoon

From Ann Telnaes' Twitter account.

This  full-page ad for the Janice Lorrah campaign was published in the Delaware Cape Gazette

The original cartoon (see below), by cartoonist Ann Telnaes, was altered, uncredited and used WITHOUT PERMISSION.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

George Booth 1926-2022

From Wikipedia.

New Yorker cartoonist George Booth passed away on Tuesday November 1. less than a week following the death of his wife, Dione.

His cartoons usually featured older couples beset by modern complexity and interacting with cats and dogs.

Monday, October 31, 2022

"The Art of the News: Comics Journalism" Exhibition

From the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

The Art of the News: Comics Journalism will be on view at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum on November 12.

The exhibition is the first major retrospective devoted to the increasingly influential genre of comics journalism.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Terry Mosher remembers Pascal Élie

From The Montreal Gazette.

With cats and cartoonists, Pascal Élie took surprises in stride, Aislin remembers

Pascal fretted over his drawings, spending much of the day creating rough sketches before coming up with a final cartoon, Terry Mosher says.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

"* This Exhibition is a Work Event - The Tale of Boris Johnson"

From The Guardian.

"This Exhibition is a Work Event - The Tale of Boris Johnson", presented by the Cartoon Museum, is a look back on his three years as one of the most bombastic and controversial Prime Ministers we've ever had.

More than 50 artists' work recount the most tumultuous display of British politics in recent history.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Cartoonist Dennis Renault dies in car accident

From The Sacramento Bee

Dennis Renault in his Bee office in 1978

Dennis Renault, a political cartoonist for The Sacramento Bee and McClatchy’s other California newspapers for nearly 30 years, died Wednesday in an accident in Fremont Peak State Park, Monterey County. 

He was 86. 

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Pascal Élie 1959-2022

From Aislin's Facebook page.

Canadian cartoonists lost a great friend last week. Pascal Élie, the editorial page cartoonist for Le Devoir died after a long, frustrating battle with Parkinson's disease. 

Here in 2016, Serge Chapleau and Terry Mosher (Aislin) introduce Pascal to Gazette readers back when he was working for our newspaper:

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Kianoush Ramezani wins the 2022 LiberPress Award

From the Centro Librexpression website.

Kianoush Ramezani receives the LiberPress Award 2022 for his courage and decision to denounce religious fundamentalism, totalitarianism; to fight intolerance and dehumanization; to defend women and their freedoms; to ask for the equality of everyone and the respect and application of human rights in the world, but especially in his country, Iran, which has meant that he had to go into exile as a political refugee, putting his life at risk. 

And he also receives it for drawing all these injustices and cruelties, and doing it with wit, harshness and mordantness; because with pencils and inks he can fill with colors and tenderness a world that unfortunately tyrants and imbeciles show us only in black and white, and too often also with the red of blood.

Kevin Kallaugher on the art of editorial cartooning

From The Harvard Magazine.

Grotesquerie is Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher’s bread and butter. For fifty years the cartoonist has rendered newsmakers in a fleshy museum of knobbly noses, splayed teeth, dewlaps, wattles, and vast foreheads. 

He’s produced some 10,000 cartoons for the Baltimore Sun and The Economist—in 1978 he became the first cartoonist hired by the latter—and his work is syndicated in more than 100 newspapers worldwide.

Over the years, he has exhibited his work at the Tate Gallery in London and the Library of Congress, and he’s won numerous awards in both Europe and the United States, including the National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award for editorial cartoons in 2002 and 2017—the only cartoonist to win twice. 

In 2015 and 2020, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

(Complete article in the link above)

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Clay Jones banned on social media

From Clay Jones's Twitter account.

Editorial cartoonist Clay Jones is reporting he's been banned for 72 hours from @Facebook and @tiktok_us for this commentary on two recent news stories. 

The syndicated cartoon has gone to dozen of papers & news outlets with no problem, is apparently still up on Truth Social, but may have lost him one newspaper client and one monthly contributor.

Friday, October 14, 2022

Andy Warhol’s Image of Prince Before Supreme Court

From The Hollywood Reporter.

In a copyright battle with major implications, the justices heard arguments in a dispute over whether Andy Warhol’s alterations to a photograph of Prince should be considered a new work.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Kate Beaton Talks to Emily Donaldson

From The Globe and Mail.

In 2005, before she penned her funny, bestselling Hark! A Vagrant series of historically based comics, Cape Breton’s Kate Beaton decided to follow a well-worn path to Alberta’s oil sands with the goal of paying off her student loans. 

What she found in the camps – the loneliness, the toxic masculinity, the occasional beauty, the camaraderie of a place that, for better and worse, has been intrinsic to our economy, and to our image of ourselves at home and abroad – is detailed in her new graphic memoir, Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands.

The title has a double meaning – Beaton’s fellow Maritimers often refer to her, and each other, as “duck,” but there’s also an incident where a raft of ducks die in a tailing pond. 

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus 2022

After two years of virtual meetings, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists will be gathering in person this year for their annual convention.

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus has invited the AAEC to join them again as part of the CXC Festival the first weekend of October. 

As they did in 2019, the political cartoonists will hold a joint confab with CXC in Columbus, Ohio, from Oct. 6-9, 2022.

The full schedule here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Korean drawing genius Kim Jung Gi dies


Drawing genius Kim Jung Gi died on October 3 in Paris of a heart attack as he was about to catch a plane to New York after a long stay in Paris where he had an ongoing exhibition at Galerie Maghen. . He was 47 years old.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

The US Postal Service is celebrating the creator of "Peanuts"

From WTHR.

The United States Postal Service will commemorate the 100th birthday of Charles Schulz with Forever stamps of his famous characters.

Ten different designs on each sheet of 20 stamps will feature the "Peanuts" gang, including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Franklin, Sally, Pigpen, Linus, Snoopy (with Woodstock), Schroeder, Peppermint Patty, and Marcie.

Friday, September 30, 2022

AI can now create any image in seconds

From The Washington Post.

None of these photos were taken by a camera. All of these images were created by the artificial intelligence text-to-image generator DALL-E. Named for Salvador Dali and Pixar’s WALL-E, DALL-E creates images based on prompts such as:
  • “A hobbit house designed by Zaha [H]adid.”
  • “A woman in a red coat looking up at the sky in the middle of Times Square.”
  • “Red and yellow bell peppers in a bowl with a floral pattern on a green rug photo.”

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Postmedia cuts Monday print editions

From CBC News.

Postmedia Network Inc. says nine of its urban daily newspapers will no longer be printed and delivered on Mondays effective Oct. 17.

The Vancouver SunThe Province, Calgary Herald, Calgary SunEdmonton JournalEdmonton SunOttawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun and Montreal Gazette will all be affected.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Finalists of the 4th Libex-2022 international competition

 From the Centro Librexpression website.

The ten finalists of the 4th international press cartoon competition, Libex-2022, under the theme “Towards the end of humanity? ", were chosen.

They are, in alphabetical order:

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

New Brad Holland website

From Brad Holland's Facebook page.

Brad Holland has launched a new website which, in addition to the traditional categories of illustration, displays examples of his work organized going forward and backward and frequently sideways.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Winners of the European Cartoon Award 2022

Fom Fani Blog.

The European Press Prize and Studio Europa Maastricht, founders of the European Cartoon Award, announced the names of the winner and runners-up of this year's edition of the award. 

The first prize was won by the Cuban cartoonist Carlos David Fuentes, for his work "Putin in Ukraine" published by the French magazine Courrier International

The two runners-up are Marilena Nardi (Italy) and Harry Burton (Ireland). Honorable mentions were awarded to Jean-Michel Delambre (France) and Vasco Gargalo (Portugal).

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Extension of the "Au sujet de Sa Majesté" exhibition

The  exhibition about the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II  has been changed to a memorial. 

All summer we had a great attendance, with enthusiastic visitors. Because of this success and with the sad news of her passing, the exhibition has been extended to October 16.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

"Defending Satire" panel at the MLRC London Conference

From Media Law Resource Center.

Cartoonists Terry Anderson, Patrick Chappatte and Zunar will be joining other panelists at the 2022 Media Law Resource Center Conference in London on Monday, September 19.

Defending Satire in an Increasingly Humorless World

World-wide threats to satirists and cartoonists. Why is satire such a threat to autocratic regimes? How can political satire be defended? 

With Patrick Chappatte (Lebanese-Swiss cartoonist); Zunar(Malaysian cartoonist); Terry Anderson (Cartoonists Rights Network International); Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC (Doughty Street); and Roslyn Mazer (Counsel of Record, Association of American Editorial Cartoonists as amicus curiae in Hustler Magazine v. Falwell)

Friday, September 2, 2022

"Living & Dying in America" by Steve Brodner

Every day, late at night or early in the morning, from March 26, 2020 to January 1, 2022, the political cartoonist and illustrator Steve Brodner would get to work. 

In those midnight hours, he would review the day’s reportage, sit down at his drawing board, and memorialize a singular person or event that played a role, willingly or unwillingly, in shaping that day.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Boris Cartoon stirs controversy

Bert Archer from The Montreal Gazette

There has been a good deal of outrage over the most recent Boris cartoon published online Monday afternoon and in print Tuesday morning. 

It depicted an elderly lady in Montreal not paying attention while her small dog pissed in the direction of a poster commemorating René Lévesque’s centenary.