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Looking Back on 9/11

Ten years ago I was president of the National Cartoonists Society and I brought our annual convention to the World Trade Center, shortly before its demise.

A disturbing old brochure, promoting the World Trade Center.

Ten years ago I was president of the National Cartoonists Society and I brought our annual convention to the World Trade Center, shortly before its demise. I was looking through some of my old files this morning and I found a disturbing brochure (right) promoting the World Trade Center. Oh dear.

With the ten year anniversary of 9/11 coming soon, I collaborated on a French book project with Le Monde’s front page cartoonist, Plantu. We had a 32 page “conversation” about the ten years since 9/11 in comic book format for an anthology called 12 Septembre published by the big Belgian graphic novel publisher, Casterman (they do the Tin Tin books). The cover (left) of the book was interesting, disturbing, perhaps offensive, and a surprise to me.  With victims and planes casually falling, or floating without emotion, and a cute, red lipped chick, big in the foreground. I don’t get it – maybe it’s a French thing. I know that cute chicks on book covers sell books … still …

The collaboration with Plantu was great fun.  Plantu is a big star in France, with his cartoons gracing the front pages of the national newspaper, Le Monde, for over twenty years. I’ve never heard of editorial cartoonists having a graphic conversation like this before.  We decided to bounce back and forth between two page spreads, working forward through the ten years. This was a pretty big project, and explains why I didn’t draw very many editorial cartoons back in January and February.

Le Monde is publishing excerpts from the book in their weekly magazine; a copy of a spread from my conversation with Plantu is below, and further below are a couple of my spreads in English, at a readable size.

 

One of the spreads from last Sunday's Le Monde, showing my graphic "conversation" with Plantu.

 

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

12 replies on “Looking Back on 9/11”

I did get one good thing out of the cartoons. I looked up a quote from the architect who designed the twin towers and he said it was impossible for just the upper floors to be damaged and even collapse and take down the rest of the building, so I can now write a pretty thought provoking screenpal I may call it “THe Collapse ofBeing safe” The designer said there HAD to be explosives secreted in the beams of the lower floors for there to be such total detruction. I just might have another hit on my hands here.

Daryl,
the cover page is an obvious reference to :
– Magritte, a painter of strange and impossible worlds
– the work of Enki Bilal, a sci-fi cartoonist, whose worlds are mostly inhuman, hence the seeming lack of feeling in the chick
For a European reader, therefore, this cover conveys feelings of impossibility, surprise, horror and utter strangeness. Not so far from what was felt at the time…

Daryl,
the cover page is an obvious reference to :
– Magritte, a painter of strange and impossible worlds
– the work of Enki Bilal, a sci-fi cartoonist, whose worlds are mostly inhuman, hence the seeming lack of feeling in the chick
For a European reader, therefore, this cover conveys feelings of impossibility, surprise, horror and utter strangeness. Not so far from what was felt at the time…

While the subject is a serious one, I have to admit, that last cartoon made me laugh.  Of course, Satan forbid, anyone make a cartoon of Bush like that when he was in office, lest they be hauled off to Gitmo! 

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