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Obama Tormented by Rev Wright

Obama Tormented by Rev Wright © Daryl Cagle,MSNBC.com,Barack Obama,Senator,Reverand Jeremiah Wright,Rev.,ghost,ego

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Another Cartoonist Lost

I’m sad to report that Paul Combs is retiring from editorial cartooning. Paul did some great work and had a burst of notoriety when we won the job at the Tampa Tribune. Paul chose to leave the job in Tampa because his family preferred living in their old home in Ohio. The Tribune, which had Wayne Stayskal as their long time cartoonist before Paul, announed a big search for a new cartoonist and interviewed many contenders, but hasn’t hired a new cartoonist and now isn’t expected to.

I’ve had Paul on the site for a long time, since before his time in Tampa and before his syndication with Tribune Media Services (TMS). A couple of days ago I heard from TMS that Paul was retiring from syndication and would go to work as an illustrator. I wrote to Paul and got this response:

Hi, Daryl – it’s true, I’m walking off into the sunset – again. The market is just saturated with too many talented cartoonists and financial realities being what they are, it’s a sound business decision for me to walk away and place more focus on illustration. I’ve enjoyed my meteoric ride through the biz and have made some very good friends along the way. Most important, I’m extremely proud of the work that I’ve created and can say that I did it my way, right or wrong. You can’t ask for more than that!

Take care my friend,

Paul

Paul’s last cartoon will be dated May 2nd. Here’s a sample of Paul’s work below. Click here to see Paul’s archive. E-mail Paul a fond goodbye here.

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Response to My “Best Cartoon in the World” Rant

Irish cartoonist Martyn Turner e-mailed me to take issue with my screed below:

Dear Daryl,

Interesting, and almost amusing though your blog on Portugal’s world press cartoon contest was, I think it a little misguided to discourage American participation.

This year’s choices may have been a tad more obscure than usual but they can only judge what is in front of them.The organisers, as far as I know, make sure that at least one of the 5 judges every year is from North America. Ann Telnaes and Guy Badeaux have been judges recently and so have I. And I’m not exactly a stranger to American political cartooning. Your pal, buddy, Mexican cartoonist, Angel Boligan, for example has featured in the prize winners more than once. I think he got first the year I was the judge…

The lack of captions in most of the prizes is sort of obvious, aint it..with all those countries and all those languages Visual becomes the lingua franca. One reason why I will never win the thing is that I’m not able to speak Visual. I can barely manage Metaphor……

But having seen the set up in Portugal and having appreciated the dedication and enthusiasm the organisers have for all cartooning, American and otherwise, I think it is something that should be supported. Encourage your fellow Americans to engage with strange foreigners. You never know they may get something out of it and for our part we usually welcome cultural invasions by America, it’s only the military sort that really gets us mad….

Best wishes,

Martyn Turner

The Irish Times

And from a reader …

From: “harley cahen”

Subject: Re: Ugly American?

All the work you do on behalf of cartoonists and cartooning is very important. But your commentary on the WPC contest winner sounded a wrong note. Surely you are not actually proud of being unfamiliar with the original Breughel paintings? Or, for that matter, proud of coming from a nation that finds the top world soccer players to be incomprehensibly obscure? 

Harley Cahen

Hyattsville MD

Not much different than if there was a contest in the USA that picked the bast cartoon in the world as being about baseball – or calling the the World Series “the World Series,” huh?

Thanks,

Daryl

You make a good point. Europeans could stand to be less parochial, too.

Harley

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The Best Cartoon of the Year – in the Whole World!

When American cartoonists look around the world at other cartoonists, we see strange cartoons and an even stranger business. While American cartoonists are most concerned about building a list of publications that print our cartoons, in much of the world cartoonists are motivated to build their CV’s (or resumes) by entering contests. For foreign cartoonists who live in countries where it is impossible to make a living selling cartoons for publication, it makes perfect sense to make a living doing something else while chalking up cartooning successes in contests.

The foreign cartoonists, and the people who run these worldwide contests often wonder why American cartoonists don’t participate. Some feel slighted that “arrogant and elitist” American cartoonists show no interest in their contests. For our part, these contests often include rules that American cartoonists find daunting. The winning cartoons often seem to us to be incomprehensibly foreign.

The winning cartoons typically have no words; the foreign cartoonists see the cartoons as simple and elegant where the American cartoonists often see them as unsophisticated. Winning international cartoons often depict dark scenes, like prison, or unrequited love, or torture, or frustration with authority or bureaucracy. American cartoonists call typical world contest winners “daisies in the gun barrels” cartoons. With recent winners we’re seeing more of the contrast between the human condition and new technology or bureaucracy.

One of the biggest contests, the World Press Cartoon (WPC) contest in Portugal, has been making a special effort to get American cartoonists to submit entries. They have three categories: gag, caricature and editorial cartoons, each with a 5,000 Euro prize. One of the three category winners brings home the grand prize, a whopping 20,000 Euros (or $31,400.00). WPC just announced their winners for this year which fall squarely into the “strange” and “incomprehensible” category.

The Grand Prize winning cartoon is by German cartoonist, Rainer Ehrt, whose big win can be seen in excited announcements on dozens of web sites, none of which are in English. All the winning cartoons can be seen on the WPC web site at worldpresscartoon.com.

The Grand Prize winning cartoon is a lovely rendering but I didn’t get it. A bunch of guys are sitting in a pile of desks, each with a European Union flag; more desks are being added, and one desk is smoking. I know, it’s a Euro-thing and my mind isn’t running in Euro-mode. I wrote to the WPC people, asked them what the cartoon means and I got this reply:

The Grand Prix, Rainer Ehrt cartoon is based on a Brueghel painting. He uses the idea of a Babel Tower applied on an endless enlargement of Europe with its multiple languages and differences, and also, with a threatening dark clown above the Tower that give us an idea of an uncertain future…

OK. I don’t see a threatening clown, but maybe they mean “cloud.” Nothing was really on fire. That’s not smoke. It’s a cloud. I’m good. Big European bureaucracy. Too many desks. Dark cloud. It’s an allusion to a painting I don’t know. I get it now.

The winner of the caricature category is a by Italian cartoonist Achille Superbi. I couldn’t tell who was depicted in this caricature, so I asked. I was told it is “Michael Ballack.” I had no idea who “Michael Ballack” is, so I Googled him and learned that he is a German soccer player with a big Wickipedia page. For me “Michael Ballack” is an incomprehensibly obscure guy – but they love their soccer in Europe. OK.

I couldn’t tell who the second and third place caricatures were either. I’m told that the second place one is Elvis Presley (looks like Elvis would make a lovely lamp) and the third place one is Manuel Noriega (I thought it was Robert Mugabe).

The winner in the gag cartoon category is by Iranian cartoonist Hassan Karimzadeh, showing a framed, green guy, whose mouth is “loading” like a computer slowly downloading a file. Maybe we’re all becoming like computers, or you can’t eat information, or well I don’t know. But for the worldwide contest folks, this one is a knee slapper.

I like seeing big contests for cartoons, with big cash prizes, but I think I may not be sending in an entry to the World Press Cartoons contest again next year.

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Congratulations Are Due

Congratulations to Nate Beeler on his new son, 8 pound five ounce Maxwell Owen Beeler.

Also, congrats to my Greek cartoonist buddy, Michael Kountouris, on his new web site, www.michaelkountouris.com. Also, congratulations to my buddy, Mexican cartoonist, Angel Boligan, for his new site at boligan.com.

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My Cartoon Error

Cartoons about Israel and the Palestinians always brings in the mail, with questions like those from the reader below. After I drew and sent out this cartoon I was shocked to realize my error – I had drawn two sets of ears on each dog – both human ears and doggy ears. Yipes! I’m just so used to drawing ears on human heads, and my drawing hand was running on automatic, I didn’t even think that I was giving out surplus ears. Oooh! Sometimes my cartoons about the Middle East are so wrooong!

From: Jake Barlow

Subject: regarding your Carter/Hamas cartoon

Question, Daryl: When was the last time you were in Israel, and/or the occupied territories? And as a follow up, do you have a well informed opinion on what the situation truly is in the region of Palestine from an eye-witness account, or do you form your opinions based on what you read in the papers?

Second question: How do you justify the cartoon you drew of Carter being a dog pissing on Israel? Who were you personally showing solidarity with, and why? Or are you simply a hack who was trying to capitalize on well-worn bigotries that the US media has been reinforcing through propaganda? Follow up: Why are you so disingenuous?

Regards,

Jake

Visit our collection of cartoons about President Carter’s visit with Hamas.

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Polygamist Barbie

Polygamist Barbie © Daryl Cagle,MSNBC.com,children, FLDS, mormon, religion, doll, toy, Barbie, Mattel, Texas, Polygamy, child abuse

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Carter and Hamas

Carter and Hamas © Daryl Cagle,MSNBC.com,Khalid Meshaal, Jimmy Carter, Ehud Olmert, Israel, President, Hamas, Middle East, Mid East, terrorist, Gaza, dogs, pee, sniff butt

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Top College Cartoonist Wins the Top Scholarship from the Top Cartoonists Organization

The National Cartoonists Society Foundation (NCSF) announced the winner of the first annual Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, Juana Medina, a sophomore at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She was chosen by a jury of ten of the nation’s top cartoonists, including Michael Ramirez, this year’s Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, Rick Kirkman who draws “Baby Blues,” Mad Magazine’s Tom Richmond, greeting card artist Sandra Boynton and other ‘toon luminaries. I’m the president of the NCSF, and I have to say that is fun giving out scholarships.

Juana Medina was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She completed high school in 1998 then moved to the U.S.A. where she has lived ever since. For two years, she studied at the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, D.C.; she is now majoring in Graphic Design at RISD. She is a regular contributor to the College Hill Independent, a weekly magazine produced by students at Brown University and RISD. Her work has appeared in publications in South America and has been part of collective exhibitions in Colombia and Mexico.

In her application for the award, Medina wrote:

” I grew up in a country where war has been a constant since long before I was born. Our voices have been quieted by terrorist acts and constant threats from both governmental and clandestine groups, up to a point where the smell of gunpowder and the countless bomb threats became a part of our daily life … I found situations where there is little I can do to change reality but I have found in cartooning a voice that strongly reflects my feelings and intentions. I have found a way to raise consciousness without scolding, fuming or losing my stomach to an ulcer.”

Medina will receive her award, and a $5,000 scholarship, and will meet the professional cartoonists who selected her at the National Cartoonists Society’s Annual Reuben Awards banquet in New Orleans on May 24th. The Scholarship was created to honor Jay Kennedy, a beloved comics editor at King Features Syndicate, which endowed the scholarship. This is the first year for the scholarship and we got more than 200 submissions ­ which amounted to a huge stack of stuff. I expect it will be an even bigger stack next year. Two samples of Juana’s work are below.

 

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Dominating Gas Prices

Dominating Gas Prices © Daryl Cagle,MSNBC.com,Uncle Sam, Dominatrix, domination, gas pump, gasoline, whip, sex, business

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Top College Cartoonist Wins the Top Scholarship from the Top Cartoonists Organization

The National Cartoonists Society Foundation (NCSF) announced the winner of the first annual Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, Juana Medina, a sophomore at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She was chosen by a jury of ten of the nation’s top cartoonists, including Michael Ramirez, this year’s Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, Rick Kirkman who draws “Baby Blues,” Mad Magazine’s Tom Richmond, greeting card artist Sandra Boynton and other ‘toon luminaries. I’m the president of the NCSF, and I have to say that is fun giving out scholarships.

Juana Medina was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She completed high school in 1998 then moved to the U.S.A. where she has lived ever since. For two years, she studied at the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, D.C.; she is now majoring in Graphic Design at RISD. She is a regular contributor to the College Hill Independent, a weekly magazine produced by students at Brown University and RISD. Her work has appeared in publications in South America and has been part of collective exhibitions in Colombia and Mexico.

In her application for the award, Medina wrote: “… I grew up in a country where war has been a constant since long before I was born. Our voices have been quieted by terrorist acts and constant threats from both governmental and clandestine groups, up to a point where the smell of gunpowder and the countless bomb threats became a part of our daily life … I found situations where there is little I can do to change reality … but I have found in cartooning a voice that strongly reflects my feelings and intentions. I have found a way to raise consciousness without scolding, fuming or losing my stomach to an ulcer.”

Medina will receive her award, and a $5,000 scholarship, and will meet the professional cartoonists who selected her at the National Cartoonists Society’s Annual Reuben Awards banquet in New Orleans on May 24th. The Scholarship was created to honor Jay Kennedy, a beloved comics editor at King Features Syndicate, which endowed the scholarship. This is the first year for the scholarship and we got more than 200 submissions – which amounted to a huge stack of stuff. I expect it will be an even bigger stack next year.

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Daryl Cagle is a political cartoonist and blogger for MSNBC.com; his cartoons are syndicated to more than 800 newspapers, including the paper you are reading. He runs the most popular cartoon site on the Web at www.cagle.msnbc.com. His books “The BIG Book of Bush Cartoons” and “The Best Political Cartoons of the Year, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Editions,” are available in bookstores now.

For more information on the NCSF and the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, contact John Kovaleski, NCSF Education Committee Chairman at (717) 334-5926. High-resolution images of Juana Medina’s artwork and her photograph are available to download at: http://cagle.msnbc.com/news/blog/medina.asp

The images below are © Juana Medina

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Delta Northwest Merger

Delta Northwest Merger © Daryl Cagle,MSNBC.com,Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, business, merger