Articles about "Editorial cartooning"


Cartoonist brings the Charlotte Observer its first win in 26 years

Siers' self-drawn Twitter picture.
Kevin Siers daydreamed and drew through school, doodling as he listened. Then, in the fifth grade, he and his teacher had a talk.

"And he just took me aside and said, look, I want you to make me some comic books," Siers said in a phone interview with Poynter.

So Siers created a superhero knockoff. The winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning didn't launch into the local newspaper from there, though. Siers went to work in the ore mines after high school in Biwabik, Minn. But while there, Mark Washburn wrote on Monday for the Observer, he submitted a cartoon to The Biwabik Times. From the Observer:
“So I said, I guess I could do this,” Siers said. When he returned to the university, he began doing editorial cartoons for the campus newspaper, the Minnesota Daily. He got to know Steve Sack, political cartoonist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and last year’s Pulitzer winner for editorial cartoons. “Sack was my mentor,” Siers said. “He’d take me out to lunch and show me grown-up cartoonist tricks.”

Siers has been with the Observer since 1987, said Taylor Batten, editorial page editor, in a phone interview with Poynter. Batten said Siers is a voracious reader who doesn't just read headlines and throw something together, but he approaches his work with knowledge and background.

"He's a journalist first and a journalist who expresses his ideas through cartoons," Batten said. (more...)

Dr. Seuss’ career as an editorial cartoonist stays hidden in Cincinnati

An early Seuss cartoon from the Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincinnati Art Museum has five editorial cartoons from Theodore Seuss Geisel, but you can't see them, Bill Sloat reported Wednesday for CityBeat.

The Seuss is not loose at the Cincinnati Art Museum, which has a stash of the good doctor’s political cartoons filed away and unavailable for public viewing in its archives. The five cartoons were drawn for a New York newspaper’s editorial page and appeared years before Horton heard any Whos. These works date to the days when Nazis were heiling Herr Hitler. And most of the world was giving a deaf ear to the destruction of Jews that we now call the Holocaust. Seuss was just starting the trajectory that would make him a household name. Sadly, most Cincinnatians have no opportunity for appreciation and leisurely examination of this early work. They can’t see this chapter, the one that is virtually unknown.

Sloat reports that the museum hasn't shown the five cartoons since 1991. (more...)

New Yorker accepts less than 2 percent of cartoons it receives, editor says

New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff talked about rejection and humor writing in a recent TED talk. Of the 1,000 cartoons the New Yorker gets each week, only 16 or 17 are accepted, Mankoff said.

If you want to see some of the cartoons the New Yorker has rejected over the years, check out Matthew Diffee's book, "The Best of the Rejection Collection."

Hat tip to GalleyCat.

SacBee’s Jack Ohman won’t apologize for Texas explosion cartoon

Sacramento Bee | Fox News
Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman has refused to apologize for an editorial cartoon berating loose business regulations in Texas that potentially led to the April 17 explosion of a fertilizer plant in the town of West, killing at least 14 people and injuring as many as 200 others. Ohman wrote on his blog that he had received many complaints calling it (and him) "insensitive and tasteless" and pointed out he had drawn much more graphic images in the past to make his points.
I knew it was close to the edge, but I went with it, and I don't go with things I can't defend. I'm defending this one because I think that when you have a politician traveling across the country selling a state with low regulatory capacity, that politician also has to be accountable for what happens when that lack of regulation proves to be fatal.

Bill Day recycling stirs talk of plagiarism in editorial cartoons

The Daily Cartoonist | That Cartoon Critic | Matt Bors
Bill Day used another illustrator's work without attribution in a recent cartoon, Alan Gardner writes. Videogame developer Zack Fowler's image of a rifle landed in a Day cartoon about the power of the NRA. (more...)

Toronto Star apologizes for cartoon that ‘fed into racial stereotypes’

The Toronto Star | Michael de Adder | Sabrina Scott
The Toronto Star apologized for a Michael de Adder cartoon, saying many readers thought it "fed into racial stereotypes at a time when emotions were running particularly high." (Don't just take their word for it; read some letters.)

The cartoon was published last Wednesday and followed a local July 16 shooting in which two people were killed and 23 more, including a toddler, were injured. De Adder's cartoon portrayed a black toddler with the legend "Injuries to expect before they are two" and "Head laceration from a medium-caliber bullet" among less sinister harms.

On his blog, de Adder describes how he constructed the cartoon and shows his drafts. His intentions, he writes, weren't racist:

Many things affected me about this tragedy, but the bullet injury to the 22-month old girl struck a cord. I have kids. The worst thing they ever suffered was a scrape to the knee.
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Rex Babin, Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist, dies of cancer

The Daily Cartoonist | The Sacramento Bee
Rex Babin, a 2003 Pulitzer finalist for editorial cartooning, died Friday morning at the age of 49 "after a long struggle with stomach cancer," reports the Bee's Anita Creamer. She recalls his work:
In Rex Babin's perhaps most beloved editorial cartoon, huge hands reached down from on high to steady US Airways Flight 1549 as it floated on the Hudson River, passengers standing on its wings. ...

"That cartoon resonated with people on the flight," said his wife, Kathleen. "He heard from many of the passengers and crew, and he presented it to Captain Sullenberger when he was in Sacramento. The reaction was amazing.

"But he liked the ones that stirred up controversy. He was proud of doing that."
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Cleveland Plain Dealer readers confused by decision to pull Non Sequitur comic

The Plain Dealer decided not to publish a Non Sequitur comic Friday that depicts a bunny looking at a police lineup of other animals and saying, "They all really do look alike to me." In its place was an editor's note that said the strip "was deemed objectionable." Art Costanzo, 63, a self-professed lifetime reader of the paper, writes in a letter to the editor, "The only thing I found controversial was the fact that you did not publish it."
The paper left a blank spot where this strip would have appeared, along with an editor's note.

I’ve been thinking I wanted to try something bigger. It’s an amicable parting with Hearst, and I wish everyone the best. is trying to do something new with a small but talented staff, and is still trying to sort out what works best. … I’ll move on to LA and they’ll move on to wherever it is they’re going.

Pulitzer-winning cartoonist David Horsey tells Seattle Weekly about his move to the LA Times


Columbus Dispatch editorial cartoonist resigns after plagiarism accusations

Jeff Stahler resigned from the Columbus Dispatch Friday, Editor Ben Marrison tells me via email. "That is all we will have to say on this unfortunate matter," he wrote. 

The Dispatch suspended Jeff Stahler while it investigated why three of his cartoons, including one published Monday, looked so much like ones in The New Yorker magazine. Earlier this year, humorist Andy Borowitz asked why a Stahler cartoon was so similar to a fake headline he had written a few days before. (In that case, Marrison said, "It appears to be a coincidence.") Stahler told The Daily Cartoonist that the similarity with his cartoon Monday also was a coincidence.

Syndicated cartoonist Chip Bok told that he thought a heavy workload could be to blame, saying, "Jeff doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to me who would deliberately plagiarize a cartoon." New Yorker Cartoon Editor Robert Mankoff told The Washington Post's Michael Cavna, "My guess is Stahler came up with the idea completely independently. ... I see things like this every week with different cartoonists submitting almost identical cartoons."

Earlier this year, Tulsa cartoonist David Simpson resigned after being accused of plagiarism. (That, too, was revealed by The Daily Cartoonist's Alan Gardner; he says the same person raised questions about Stahler's work and Simpson's.)

The two cases spurred the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists to consider drafting ethical guidelines. And the lack of public outcry made Cavna wonder, "Is an editorial cartoonist foremost a journalist — or a comedian?"