Comics – June 2019

They are the real canaries in the coal mines of the political world and the world in general. Often without words they express more than 500 pages of words.

We all need to laugh so this space will feature the best cartoons and comics we can find.

I hope you’ll add some of your own, especially from outside the United States. If you need some help, just ask. You can find contact information in About/Contact above.

6 thoughts on “Comics – June 2019

  1. I love Shannon Wheeler’s work but I’ll be waiting for the animated musical version.

    Comic Publisher Turning Mueller Report Into Graphic Novel

    Editor Justin Eisinger says illustrating the controversial report is “the easiest way to get people to actually read it.”

    Artist Shannon Wheeler, who is doing the book with journalist Steve Duin, said he was surprised by how “readable” Mueller’s report actually is — and says real-life characters like President Donald Trump, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon are “straight out of Dick Tracy.”

    Wheeler promises a combination of factual information (there will be footnotes referencing the report throughout the book) and a lot of real-life hilarity.

    “The part of the report where Trump learns about the investigation and freaks out, saying ‘I’m fucked!’ It makes me laugh every time,” Wheeler told HuffPost.

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  2. Opinions
    Editorial cartoons are democracy’s canary in a coal mine


    The New York Times’s decision to drop all editorial cartoons after publishing a controversial cartoon is another body blow to the profession of editorial cartooning. While several of my colleagues from around the world have been imprisoned by autocratic leaders over their work, American editorial cartoonists are protected by our First Amendment from governments looking to silence uncomfortable truths. Unfortunately, that protection doesn’t extend to publications that don’t understand the historical significance of editorial cartoons and their essential role in a free press.

    It’s easy to casually dismiss these “cartoons.” After all, just the word cartoon brings up images of reading the comics pages or watching Saturday morning television. But an editorial cartoon is much more than a humorous image. Cartoonists have been threatened, imprisoned and even killed for drawing cartoons criticizing powerful people and institutions. Daumier, Gillray, Nast, Herblock, Mauldin, Conrad and Oliphant all created powerful visuals that were part of the political debate of their times.

    See the cartoon essay if you can’t get behind the paywoll

    Read a pdf of this article or go behind the paywall

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