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Gannett Slashes Editorial Pages from Papers — Along with Cartoons | Post

June 3, 2022- Word has trickled down from Gannett (née GatehouseMedia) that, beginning June 1, they will be stripping out the daily editorial/opinion section in the print editions of all their daily papers. Gannett, the largest newspaper publisher in the country as measured by total daily circulation, announced their Op/Ed pages will now...


Pulitzer Prize Cartoonists Pen Protest Letter to Pulitzer Board | Post

May 20, 2022- [Update: Since this letter was fired off last week, more Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists have signed on to the protest, including 2020 winner Barry Blitt, and Pat Bagley, the longest-employed staff cartoonist at a daily newspaper.] Ten days after the 2022 Pulitzer Prizes wereannounced, 35 cartoonists who have won...


Sack Sacks Sack | Post

April 25, 2022- Over the weekend, the Minneapolis Star Tribune made it official: Steve Sack is retiring after almost 42 years at the paper. The influential and irrepressible Pulitzer Prize winner had told fellow cartoonists earlier in the week he had decided to step down from his long-time staff position to pursue his...


Some paper writes about the travails of cartoonists on Facebook | Post

March 19, 2021- Some newspaper wrote about Facebook‘s failure to understand irony, and how that is threatening the livelihood of editorial cartoonists. While the most of the article is about Matt Bors and The Nib, cartoonists Adam Zyglis, Ed Hall are interviewed as well. Here’s the article: For Political Cartoonists, the Irony Was That Facebook Didn’t Recognize Irony As Facebook...


Online chats in October | Post

October 13, 2020- Several additional cartoonist roundtables are on the schedule this month: 1) Super short notice but — Ann Telnaes just notified us that she’ll be on an online panel tonight, Oct. 13 at 6pm, with Barry Blitt and Pia Guerra as they explore the art of political cartooning with Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday. If you’re able to...


Cartoonist making readers mad, part I | Post

August 26, 2020- ICYMI — A cartoon by Michael Ramirez made a lot of people angry last week. The epicenter of the shockwave was the Southeast Missourian, a newspaper in Cape Girardeau some 100 miles southeast of St. Louis, but it soon went national and was picked up by NBC. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/cartoon-depiction-mlk-s-i-have-dream-speech-missouri-newspaper-n1237478 The cartoon, drawn...


Shorter WaPo: Are newspaper editors cowards? | Post

June 23, 2020- Michael Cavna sums up a rough fortnight for political cartoonists and newspaper editors, and asks an important question: What if publishers decide it’s too much trouble to do their damn job?   https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2020/06/23/political-cartoons-racist-small-newspapers/ “In my mind, editorial cartoons are expendable. None of them are produced by our staff, and rarely...


Cartoonists Rights Network sounds alarm on threats facing cartoonists | Post

June 15, 2020- In the wake of the global pandemic, journalist and human rights groups are sounding the alarm and issuing the most dire warnings about cartoonists’ security and freedom since the Charlie Hebdo attack over five years ago. Cartoonists Rights Network International has joined with Cartooning for Peace, Cartoon Movement and other free...


Rights groups call for detained cartoonist to be released | Post

June 15, 2020- The Cartoonists Rights Network International has appealed to the Bangladeshi government to release a political cartoonist. Ahmed Kabir Kishore was arrested over a month ago as a critic of the country’s response to COVID-19, and is scheduled for a “hearing” sometime in June. CRNI’s Terry Anderson and other leaders of free...


International groups call on Trump to speak up for press freedom | Post

June 15, 2020- The Cartoonists Rights Network International has joined with 72 journalist and press freedom organizations calling on Donald Trump to “commend, rather than condemn, the media and ensure their protection from the unprecedented attacks they have faced while reporting on nation-wide protests demanding social and racial justice, particularly for Black communities.”...


Cartoonist wins award, loses paper in a topsy-turvy week | Post

June 12, 2020- Al Goodwyn is having an, uh, interesting week. The day after he won a regional journalism award for his editorial cartooning, a South Carolina paper drop the syndicated cartoonist and apologized for running a cartoon of his that many readers found offensive: http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2020/06/11/newspaper-apologizes-for-devisive-cartoon/   Michael Cavna picked up on the...


Furlough you go | Post

May 19, 2020- Filed under “Yeah, no” The Buffalo News took a rare stand (for editorial page editors that is) and told a reader in Letters to the Editor that No, they are NOT going to remove their editorial cartoonist just because the reader was offended by an opinion they didn’t agree with....


Labor duo end decades-long cartoon collaboration | Post

March 5, 2020- Mike Konopacki and Gary Huck recently announced their retirement after 37 years of drawing labor-centric cartoons for Union newspapers. https://nwlaborpress.org/2020/03/end-of-an-era-labor-cartoonists-say-farewell/ The pair was one of the few “teams” working in editorial cartooning today. The two met at the 1979 convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and began operating...


Hot cartoonist on cartoonist action in new book on Macpherson | Post

March 27, 2020- Canadian cartoonist Terry Mosher (better known by his pen name Aislin) has written a new book on Duncan Macpherson, one of the best cartoonists to come out of Canada in the 20th Century. “Professional Heckler” is the first biography of Macpherson, “a formidable and groundbreaking artist, he was also an alcoholic who...


All the interviews that are fit to print | Post

January 31, 2020- While the newspaper industry continues to flee in terror from, umm, editorial cartoons, there is no shortage of media outlets that want to interview cartoonists. Here are all the links and articles that appeared online in January. First up WJTV on the prolific Marshall Ramsey: https://www.wjtv.com/news/focused-on-mississippi-marshall-ramsey-he-draws-his-own-conclusions/   Next, Cap Radio talks...


Another Turkish cartoonist is imprisoned | Post

January 23, 2020- It’s been reported that Turkey and its president Recep Erdogan have again targeted journalists and political cartoonists, jailing members of Yeni Asya Gazetesi under similar trumped up charges they’ve brought against other newspapers. ExpressionInterrupted @ExInt24 tweeted “Yeni Asya chief editor Kazım Güleçyüz @gulecyuzk and the newspaper’s cartoonist Halil İbrahim Özdabak were...


Remembering Charlie Hebdo 5 years later | Post

January 10, 2020- This week saw the 5th anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack on the Parisian weekly satirical Charlie Hebdo. France and cartoonists worldwide remember. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/france-remembers-charlie-hebdo-victims-anniversary-200107164754227.html ~ The cartoonists and satirists of #CharlieHebdo never wanted to be martyrs for #freespeech. This Washington Post piece from 2018 looks at the uneasy fit. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/a-terrorist-attack-turned-charlie-hebdo-into-a-revered-institution-it-never-sought-to-be/2018/05/25/c5a392d8-4e11-11e8-85c1-9326c4511033_story.html ~...


Ann Telnaes Live! See her brave shouting, sputtering pols! | Post

December 4, 2019- As she has since the beginning of @realDonaldTrump’s Impeachment, @AnnTelnaes has been live cartooning the hearings. Check out today’s excellent catch: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/12/04/sketches-house-judiciary-committees-first-impeachment-hearing/#click=https://t.co/8lDbNvgXN1...


End of Year + End of the Decade! | Post

December 4, 2019- It’s that time again—A look at End of the Year AND End of the Decade cartoons. Mike Thompson and USAToday will roll out a different collection every day during the month of December looking back over 2019 and the ‘teens. Click here and check back often.   https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/12/02/cartoons-politics-humor-obama-trump-politicap-cartoons/4267626002/...


KAL is the winner of the 2019 Babin Award for local editorial cartooning; Nate Beeler named finalist | Post

September 29, 2019- COLUMBUS, OHIO — Baltimore-based cartoonist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher is the 2019 recipient of the “Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning.” The panel of judges also decided to name a finalist for the Babin Award for the first time, choosing Columbus cartoonist Nate Beeler. The prize was announced...


Two takes on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, from both ends of the spectrum | Post

June 18, 2018- Two more views of  Rob Rogers’ termination—the first from a rightwing columnist who thinks the media is over-reacting and the outrage is fake: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/06/no_the_firing_of_the_pittsburgh_postgazette_cartoonist_is_not_a_threat_to_free_speech.html A few things to mention: The writer used to work as an editorial page editor for the Investor’s Business Daily who, it should be noted, canned conservative...


Joel Pett interviews Rob Rogers for Cartoonists Rights Network | Post

June 18, 2018- JOEL PETT INTERVIEWS THE PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE’S ROB ROGERS AND ASKS WHY HE OBJECTS TO HAVING HIS CARTOONS “PRE-FILTERED THROUGH THE SENSIBILITIES OF HUMORLESS CORPORATE LICKSPITTLES WHOSE LIVINGS DEPEND ON NOT ROCKING THE BOAT…OR THE SHIP OF STATE.” JUNE 17, 2018 — from the CRNI website A cartoonist is jailed. Another...


Rob Rogers celebrates his new independence with a piece in the Nib. | Post

July 4, 2018- Political cartoonist and newly-liberated freelancer Rob Rogers celebrated his independence from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with a long-form comic on The Nib. The piece details his recent firing in graphic detail. https://thenib.com/i-was-fired-for-criticizing-trump. Meanwhile, over at the Washington Post, Michael Cavna interviews Rob and Nib founder Matt Bors about the comic. Good stuff!...


A Statement from the AAEC Board on Rob Rogers and the Post-Gazette | Post

June 4, 2018- The longtime cartoonist for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has gone missing. Actually, we know exactly where Rob Rogers is—at his desk creating the excellent award-winning editorial cartoons he is famous for. But it’s those cartoons that have been missing for over a week from the Post-Gazette editorial pages, though we know...


Rob Rogers roundup | Post

June 11, 2018- Rob Rogers' story went national last week, with interviews by CNN's Jake Tapper and coverage in the Washington Post. Here's the roundup ICYMI CNN  CBS Washington Post Comic Riffs In fact, all the Pennsylvania papers have been weighing in on Rob Roger's battle to keep his job: Philadelphia Inquirer  The Patriot-News ...


Rob Rogers’ cartoons pop-up in a show — across the street from the White House | Post

July 11, 2018- The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is launching a pop-up show of cartoons by Rob Rogers this summer. Conveniently located across from the White House, the Trump-centric exhibit showcases all the cartoons killed by Rogers' former employer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Co-sponsored by the AAEC, Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons...


Clay Bennett talks First Amendment, anger and frustration | Post

April 14, 2018- Pulitzer-Prize winner Clay Bennett returned to his alma mater to talk First Amendment and the peculiar business of being a political cartoonist. The Times Daily covers the highlights of Bennett's talk at UNA:  http://www.timesdaily.com/news/local/bennett-first-amendment-needs-appreciation/article_6d90b20b-ce80-54cf-bf73-df1248f85ae2.html...


Sunday reading #2: Marshall Ramsey on his father’s support | Post

April 15, 2018- Reading for your Sunday afternoon #2: "My dad came up to me afterward and said, 'You're the first person I've ever known who knew what they wanted to do at eight-years-old—and did it.' I'll never forget that moment." —Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey remembers a father's support.   https://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/2018/04/12/fathers-gift-what-dad-gave-me-when-began-chasing-my-dream/508140002/  ...


Sunday reading #4: A new exhibit on Ding Darling opens in Iowa | Post

April 15, 2018- Reading for your Sunday afternoon #4: A new exhibit on Jay "Ding" Darling looks at one of the most influential cartoonists of the early 20th century. The multiple Pulitzer Prize winner's work had a profound effect on early conservation efforts across the country. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/columnists/daniel-finney/2018/03/24/ding-darling-environment-conservation-wetlands-preservation-duck-stamp-cartoonists-drake-university/437563002/...


The State of Our Satirical Union — Day 1 | Post

April 22, 2018- This weekend, cartoonists, humorists, legal scholars and historians gathered to discuss the State of Satire in America 30 years after the landmark Supreme Court case Hustler v Falwell. Mike Peterson has complete coverage of the 2 day event, starting here: http://www.weeklystorybook.com/comic_strip_of_the_daycom/2018/04/satire-conference-opening-night.html...


“Here’s why 2018 is a huge moment in the history of political cartoons.” | Post

May 10, 2018- The Washington Post's Michael Cavna makes the case in Comic Riffs.    FOR MUCH of the history of American editorial cartooning, the standard format has held strong: a bold, single image carrying the entire metaphoric weight of the opinion being expressed. Major mainstream contests have reflected that primacy, including the...


U of VA to be Pat Oliphant’s forever home | Post

May 2, 2018- Pat Oliphant,one of the most influential political cartoonists of the 20th century, has donated his papers to the University of Virginia, an archive that includes correspondence, original artwork, sketchbooks & sculptures.    https://augustafreepress.com/famed-political-cartoonists-archives-arrive-at-uva/     UPDATE: Radio IQ talks to Pat Oliphant about the recent donation of his papers to...


When an editorial cartoonist and H.L. Mencken joined forces to fight lynching | Post

May 3, 2018- While Maryland was considered part of the north, and fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War, it is still south of the Mason-Dixon line, and African-Americans living there were lynched into the 1930s. In 1931, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Edmund Duffy joined with H.L. Mencken in a...


Rall vs LA Times: Update | Post

January 21, 2019- Last week, cartoonist Ted Rall vows to take his fight against the LA Times to the (state) Supreme Court after an Appeals court hands him a setback: https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ted-rall-latimes-defamation-case-20190117-story.html Rall is having to battle a two-pronged attack from the until-recently TRONC owned paper. The media giant hit the freelancer with an...


Cartoonist Pat Bagley lambasts Gannett for short-sighted and cruel staff cut  | Post

January 24, 2019- by Pat Bagley, Immediate Past President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists   Bullet, meet metatarsal.  The Gannett newspaper chain just shot itself in the foot. Steve Benson, a 37-year veteran of The Arizona Republic and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for cartooning, was let go yesterday. He was...


A curious artifact from cartooning’s past | Post

January 28, 2019- For several decades before television was ubiquitous, politicians in some parts of the country would often hire their supposed nemesis—editorial cartoonists—to draw them in paid political ads in the local newspaper A new article takes a look back at the forgotten practice: https://news.uark.edu/articles/45925/historical-quarterly-article-examines-lost-practice-of-paid-cartoon-advertising-in-arkansas-politics  ...


After the layoffs, part II: Co-workers & local media recall cartoonist Charlie Daniel | Post

January 28, 2019- In the wake of sudden staff cuts at several Gannett papers last week, friends and co-workers of Charlie Daniel explained in no uncertain terms why he will be missed. (1) His long-time daily paper, the News Sentinel, takes a brief look back at Daniel's 60-year career. In March, the News...


Epling on display | Post

January 31, 2019- At a time when newspaper chains are idiotically cutting their popular staff cartoonists (yeah @Gannett, we're looking at you ya dummy), smaller papers still know the draw of having their own cartoonist—like Christopher Epling at the Appalachian News-Express in Kentucky. Epling has an exhibit of his artwork up this month....


Non Sequitur takes a hit | Post

February 11, 2019- Wiley Miller scribbles a "shout out" to Donald Trump in the text of a cartoon — and it costs him a paper.   http://www.butlereagle.com/article/20190210/NEWS12/702119999   https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/trump-comic-strip-non-sequitur-pennsylvania-newspaper-butler-eagle-20190211.html   UPDATE: Actually, a great many papers: http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2019/02/11/newspapers-are-dropping-non-sequitur-over-trump-transgression/ Also, Wiley Miller appears to have deleted his Twitter account in reaction to all the commenters...


Facebook deletes anti-hate group posts by Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist | Post

March 30, 2019- On March 28, Facebook summarily deleted a week-old editorial cartoon by PulitzerPrize-winning political cartoonist Clay Bennett, and then warned him his complaint about the deletion had violated the site's community standards & deleted that. Bennett's cartoon—shared from Andrews McMeel Syndication's online site GoComics—was swept up in Facebook's hasty effort to remove...


When metaphors go wrong | Post

February 18, 2019- Canadian Michael de Adder has apologized for drawing a bound and gagged woman in a recent political cartoon. “Cartoonists sometimes have unanticipated secondary interpretations in cartoons that they don’t intend,” wrote the editorial cartoonist in a series of tweets over the weekend. https://globalnews.ca/news/4970311/halifax-artist-apologizes-cartoon-jody-wilson-raybould/ Several cartoonists had drawn the former justice minister...


“Bring back Non-Sequitur” says a growing chorus of fans | Post

February 20, 2019- Supporters of @TheWileyMiller's Non-Sequitur are fighting back at the strip's sudden cancellation in over 100 newspapers. Fans like comedian @ElayneBoosler feel editors overreacted to a recent "hidden message" that some found offensive. http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2019/02/20/a-campaign-to-restore-non-sequitur/ ...


All apologies — UPDATED | Post

March 1, 2019- Two newspapers apologized for cartoons that ran in their pages this week. In San Diego, the Union-Tribune quickly pulled and apologized for a Steve Breen cartoon about disgraced TV actor Jussie Smollett. As the Washington Post wrote, "A cartoonist added Jussie Smollett to the list of ‘Famous African-American Storytellers.’ The backlash was...


The AAEC Supports Ted Rall in His Legal Fight with the Los Angeles Times | Post

March 4, 2019- The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has filed a Friend of the Court letter with the California Supreme Court on behalf of editorial cartoonist Ted Rall and his effort to have an anti-SLAPP judgment against him overturned. Rall is seeking to have the ruling set aside so that he may...


Interviews, get your interviews here! | Post

March 8, 2019- First up, Mr. Media interviews Herblock finalist Clay Jones on what it takes to be a political cartoonist these days: https://www.spreaker.com/user/bob_andelman/1063-clay-jones-political-cartoonist   Next, listen to a chat with Canadian cartoonist Graeme MacKay! https://thespec.podbean.com/e/the-message-beware-of-cartoonist/   After that, read the Silicon Angle talks to New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly.    Then, former editorial cartoonist...


Rex Babin Award nominee #17 — Russell Hodin | Post

September 4, 2018- Russell Hodin is another long-time purveyor of hyperlocal content. He has produced a weekly political cartoon for 26 years for the alt-weekly New Times in San Luis Obispo, known for its local investigative pieces, commentary, and the Shredder, its anonymously-penned editorial. ("The founding editor strongly believed in developing fearless local voices," says Hodin.)...


Unified Front | Post

August 15, 2018- Tomorrow, August 16, 2018, hundreds of newspapers across the country will be uniting in confronting and denouncing Donald Trump's constant assault on the free press. Editorials cartoonists nationwide will be joining in defense of the First Amendment (cartoons have already begun to appear in the above feed.) Lead by the...


The AAEC lands in Sacramento for their annual convention | Post

September 19, 2018- It's here! The annual gathering of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists kicks off this week in Sacramento, CA. Running from Sept. 20-22, the convention will see three days of cartoonists, satirists and journalists from across the US, Canada and Down Under hobnobbing, panelling and pub crawling.  AAEC President Pat...


The past is prologue | Post

September 27, 2018-  —or— WHY ARE WE STILL TALKING ABOUT THIS? AGAIN?? Michael Cavna at Comic Riffs talks to Ann Telnaes Signe Wilkinson, KAL and Mike Ramirez about comparing two supreme court nominee hearings a generation apart. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2018/09/24/im-very-angry-that-is-this-is-happening-again-cartoonists-compare-drawing-for-kavanaugh-and-thomas-hearings/?utm_term=.da7032cb07f2...


Another day, another controversy — now with death threats! [UPDATED] | Post

October 3, 2018- A cartoon by Chris Britt on the Kavanaugh hearing had generated outrage from conservatives, right-wing media personalities and numerous death threats — driving the cartoonist off of social media. The cartoon, which picked up on the Brett Kavanaugh's mention of his daughter praying for the nominee's attempted-rape accuser Christine Ford,...


See three award-winning cartoonists in one evening | Post

September 18, 2018- Like cartoons? Love democracy? In Indianapolis? Here's your chance to see three editorial cartoonists—Gary Varvel, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez— in an evening of "Icons of Political Art," on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. All three will be receiving the "Advancing American Democracy Award" during The Mary...


Post-Convention report: Cartoonists win New York Marathon! | Post

November 8, 2017- Last week's annual Association of American Editorial Cartoonists Convention at Hofstra University on Long Island was one for the books. A big congratulations to host Matt Davies and President Ann Telnaes for pulling off a memorable gathering! It was a fitting 60th anniversary celebration for our organization. The weather was delightful...


Newspaper apologizes for “offensive cartoon” | Post

February 12, 2018- A New Mexico newspaper has apologized for running a Sean Delonas editorial cartoon after local protests & statewide complaints. Delonas, a former staff cartoonist for the New York Post, is no stranger to controversy. Here are the details: Here are the deets: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/02/09/albuquerque-journal-apologizes-for-cartoon-depicting-dreamers-mugging-white-couple/?utm_term=.18aa13058437 http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/new_sean_obama_as_murdered_chimp_delonas_cartoon_aggravates_new_mexicans/  ...


How to draw Trump | Post

December 27, 2017- After the Disney disaster, there have been no shortage of cartoonists pointing out where the audioanimatronic of Donald Trump went wrong. Matt Wuerker and Politico have put together a helpful guide on HOW TO DRAW TRUMP, with suggestions from some of the best cartoonists working today. And now, with out...


Your Layoff Update (Summer edition) | Post

June 19, 2009- In a recent article on The Huffington Post, editor-turned-freelance writer Jason Notte said: “If newspaper’s death knell is ringing, editorial cartoonists are pulling the rope.” Ignoring the fact that his chest-thumping piece, “Ten Features that Are Dying with your Newspaper,” was yet another in the newspapers-are-dead-do-you-hear-me-dead! category Huffpo is apparently...


Where to next? | Post

June 19, 2009- As our current model collapses around us — whether it is a business model, employer model or, in the case of the AAEC, convention sponsor model — the debate on what to do next grows louder. While no one’s figured out a solution yet, at least we’re talking about it....


 
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