"Sadly, political cartoons are no longer considered a powerful section of a newspaper or magazine... Madhan, a Chennai-based senior political cartoonist admits to the decline in demand for political cartoons 'to some extent.' The situation, he says, is perhaps caused by unwillingness of modern-day editors to give adequate space to cartoons."
"Admitting that today we have fewer artists who make impactful cartoons compared to the past era, Madan attributes the falling popularity of cartoons to the Internet and the ease with which memes can be created and disseminated today. 'Everyone can be a cartoonist. The only reason that used to prevent people from being cartoonists was the inability to draw. With the advent of the Internet, these disabilities have been removed,' Madhan says."
(Curiously enough, this piece reads like the situation that created the AAEC. In 1954, an article in the Saturday Review about the "death of political cartoons" so enraged a small group of cartoonists, they set out to form an association and prove the Review wrong. 60+ years later, the Association of American Editorial Cartoons is still kicking. Maybe the Indian cartoonists will soon form their own AAEC? —Ed.)
A collective of Canadian comic book artists has been documenting the story of Syrian refugees. Cloudscape finds people who have come to Canada from the war-torn country and matches them with comic book artists. Here's the piece from PBS.
Breen has been recording short comedy videos for the San Diego Union-Tribune since 2016 (here's one from youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpWL5yAoBME). Breen was one of several U-T newspaper staffers to bring home a TV award this year.
Long-time editorial cartoonist Merle "Ting" Tingley died on June 4. Tingley drew for the London Free Press from 1948 to 1986, and was known for frequently hiding his character "Luke Worm" in his drawings.
A colleague of Mr. Tingley’s at The London Free Press once wrote, “It’s an unforgettable experience to hear him groan as he sketches, erases, rejects and starts all over again. To watch him race the engraver’s deadline is to witness an epic struggle between artistry and necessity.”
In 2014, the Ting Comic and Graphic Arts Festival was launched as a tribute to Tingley.
Here's the obit, and here's a remembrance by cartoonist Seth.
"Round 1 goes to the LA Times," cartoonist Ted Rall posted this week.
Rall is suing the newspaper for wrongful termination and defamation after being dropped by the Times in 2015. Rall has since been hit with an anti-SLAPP countersuit by the paper.
"LA Times attorney Kelli Sager split the defendants’ anti-SLAPP motions against me into three tranches of defendants, each with its own set of documents and hearing dates," wrote Rall to supporters on his legal Go-Fund-Me site. "Yesterday [Wednesday, June 21] LA Superior Court ruled in favor of the Times’ anti-SLAPP motion," regarding the first of three groups of defendants, former Times publisher Austin Beutner, editorial page editor Nick Goldberg, readers’ representative ombudsman Deirdre Edgar, and reporter Paul Pringle.
Rall said he remains uncowed. “I am suing the LA Times to set the record straight: I told the truth in that blog piece,” he said in an email to Newsweek. He added that Wednesday’s ruling was “disappointing, but I plan to continue my fight to clear my name and hold the Times accountable for its corrupt relationship with the Los Angeles Police Department.”
"This decision can be appealed to the Court of Appeals," added Rall. "Anti-SLAPP was designed by the California state legislature to protect individuals expressing their free speech rights from being silenced by deep-pocketed corporations using frivolous lawsuits to intimidate them and others. Ironically, the Times — owned by Tronc, a $420 million corporation — is abusing the statute to try to destroy me, their former cartoonist."
"We have ten weeks on animated shorts coming this summer that we've been working on," said Nib founder Matt Bors, "with political cartoonists you'll recognize: Jen Sorensen, Keith Knight, Emily Flake, Matt Lubchansky, Joey Sayers, Brian McFadden and others."
The Nib series is produced in conjunction with First Look Media's in-house entertainment studio Topic, with animation by Augenblick Studios!
A big congrats to editorial cartoonist Tim Campbell!
According to a press release, Campbell will be joining the Washington Post News Service and Syndicate in early July. For the past 11 years he has been the editorial cartoonist for Current Publishing which produces 6 weekly newspapers covering the towns of Carmel, Fishers, Geist, Noblesville, Westfield and Zionsville just north of Indianapolis. Tim has won multiple journalism awards in the state of Indiana and looks forward to the opportunity and challenges of syndication with the Washington Post.
Editor & Publisher takes a long hard look at the divide between cartoonists and online news outlets: Why, E&P asks, when political cartoons are more popular than ever are editors not taking advantage of this for their news sites?