Monday, December 31, 2012

Bye Bye 2012!

Here is a version of the cartoon published on the cover of today's Le Droit newspaper.


We can recognize from left to right and top to bottom (on a background of red squares): Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Premier Jean Charest, Bashar al Assad, Minister Vic Toews, Dominique Strauss Khan, Lance Armstrong and Gérard Depardieu.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A conversation with Bizarro cartoonist Dan Piraro

Marc Librescu in The Comics Journal.



Dan Piraro is the creative mind behind the award-winning cartoon Bizarro. First syndicated in 1985, Bizarro has developed a loyal following and now appears internationally in more than 350 daily and Sunday newspapers.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Clay Bennett: 2012 in Editorial Cartoons



The original post is interactive but since I can't reproduce the effect, here are the cartoons in close-up:

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Egyptian Cartoonist sued by rights NGO

From The Egypt Daily News.

You would have never been expelled from heaven had you voted in favour of the referendum!

The secretary-general of the National Centre for Defence of Freedoms has filed a lawsuit against Naguib Sawiris, the owner of Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, and their cartoonist Doaa El-Adl. The lawsuit, filed on Sunday, is in response to a cartoon depicting Adam and Eve, which the Secretary-General of the centre,  Salafist lawyer Khaled El-Masry said was insulting of the prophet.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Robert Ariail wins 2012 Berryman Award

Michael Cavna in Comic Riffs.



Robert Ariail’s cartoons about geopolitics can range from the warmly humorous (See: Greece as the economic houseguest who won’t leave) to the deadly serious (President Assad painting himself into a corner with Syrian blood on his hands).
For such cartoons that reflected that diversity of his approach, Ariail has just been named the 2012 recipient of the Berryman Award, which is presented by the National Press Foundation.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

End of an era at Private Eye

From Procartoonists.




Private Eye magazine says farewell to its longtime art director Tony Rushton, with a party near its offices in Soho, London.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year: 2013 Edition



The "Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year: 2013 Edition" should now be in bookstores. The yearly retrospective of cartoons drawn by members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists was initiated by the late Charles Brooks some 40 years ago, but with his passing last year, the franchise is now edited by editorial cartoonist Steve Kelley. You can order the book online.

Here are my cartoons in the book:

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Q&A: 10 Questions with Canadian Editorial Cartoonist Terry Mosher

Question and Answer session with George Stroumboulopoulos…

George immortalized in one of his favourite outfits.


Canadian political cartoonist Terry Mosher, AKA Aislin, has led a colourful life.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Saul Steinberg, Gag Man

From The Desk of Bob Mankoff




... I must admit that I’m a big fan of Saul Steinberg's early cartoons, and am reminded of a great scene in Woody Allen’s Fellini homage, “Stardust Memories,” in which the aliens tell him, much to his dismay, “We enjoy your films, particularly the early, funny ones.”

So let me leave you, laughter lovers, with my homage to Saul Steinberg’s early, funny ones:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Kal profiled in "The Economist"

"Drawing much more than a line" in The Economist.

KAL, Calendar for The World in 2013

After a day when we were all mulling over big data, small food, cyber-warfare, rising economies and fiscal cliffs, Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, The Economist’s editorial cartoonist, summed up The World in 2013 Festival in New York as only he can—with a whiteboard, a Sharpie pen and his uniquely witty take on the likely events of 2013.

Monday, December 10, 2012

2013 Editorial Cartoonists Convention to be held in Salt Lake City

Alan Gardner in The Daily Cartoonist.



AAEC Logo
Next years convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists will be held in Salt Lake City, UT. Salt Lake Tribune editorial cartoonist Pat Bagley will be heading up the local logistics of the hosting. I asked him a few questions about the announcement and what we can expect.
A: Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this is the first time the AAEC has come to Salt Lake City, right?
P: This will be a first for Salt Lake and Utah. And I didn’t even have to dispense bribes.
A: Do you have a vision yet for the format or venue of the convention?
P: The AAEC will be exploring all of the possibilities, but I see a relaxed, wide-ranging venue with activities open to public participation. It will be equal parts showing off our great state to my peers and showing off some of the greatest creative talent in the country to my fellow Utahns. I’ve talked to several community leaders and they’re all eager to help and participate in our party. I see a lot of love. In fact, you could call it Big Love.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Tintin's Congo Adventure 'Not Racist', Court Says

From Sky News.


A Belgian court says the cartoon, which is sold in the UK with the warning it includes racist content, is "full of gentle humour".

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dave Brown wins Political Cartoon of the Year 2012

From The Independent.



A cartoon by The Independent's Dave Brown has been named Political Cartoon of the Year 2012.
The cartoon,  'The Last, Last, Last Chance Saloon' (above) was published in last Saturday’s paper, and shows David Cameron's response to Lord Leveson's report. The cartoon was inspired by a painting by Degas.
The award, presented annually by the Political Cartoon Society, was voted for by the society's members together with the cartoonists of all the national newspapers in a ceremony at the Ellwood Atfield Gallery in Westminster's Smith Square on Tuesday night.
Dave Brown has previously won the Cartoon of the Year Award in 2003, 2006, and 2010.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Seth on the end of Bazooka Joe Comics

From Sequential.


Topps recently announced the discontinuation of its long-running Bazooka Joe comic strip, since 1954 a popular addition to its bubblegum packaging.  The strip has a storied history (ironically the subject of an upcoming celebratory book from Abrams ComicArt, Bazooka Joe and His Gang: A 60th Anniversry Collection). For many years the gags were written by Underground comics legend Jay Lynch and drawn by former Tijuana Bible cartoonist Wesley Morse. According to The New York Times, the gum company executives have decided to rebrand, reducing the iconic character to the role of occasional spokesperson/mascot, stating, “What we’re trying to do with the relaunch is to make the brand relevant again to today’s kids.”
Sequential asked cartoonist Seth, creator of the Jocko gum-machine giveaway comic, and a Bazooka Joe collector of long-standing, to comment on the news.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Richard's Poor Almanac debuts on GoComics

Michael Cavna in Comic Riffs.



The Post fans were first.

It was the readers of The Washington Post who, of course, first enjoyed and embraced “Richard’s Poor Almanac,” Richard Thompson’s weekly comic that debuted in 1997 and ran in the Style section. The feature won a national following, combining the wry whimsy and exquisite artwork of a now-acknowledged cartoon genius during its decade-plus run.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Paul Krassner on the Art of Offensive Cartoons

Michael Dooley in Print.



There's something oddly funny about Paul Krassner. And it's been going on for more than 50 years.