Jeff Kotebra's San Diego Comic-Con Presentation

Here is the second part of the editorial cartoonist panel I hosted at the San Diego Comic-con, which features Omaha World Herald cartoonist Jeff Koterba talking about his collection of cartoons. Jeff suffers from the effects of Tourette’s Syndrome, a disease he inherited from his father, and has recently finished a memoir about his life called Inklings.

You can view more of Jeff’s great cartoon work on our website here.


Video: Glenn McCoy’s San Diego Comic-Con Presentation


Those Darn Minority Prisoners

I just got this interesting email from the editorial page editor of the Pocono Record:

Cartoon by Daryl Cagle of

Hi Daryl,

Just wanted to pass along a criticism from a very, very angry white male reader.

On Sunday, Aug. 2 I ran an editorial on prison reform noting the U.S. claim to fame-high prison population and advocating that we look more closely at models where electronic monitoring, parole etc. are used.

This afternoon I came back from lunch to find a real lunatic-fringe, more than 5-minute-long diatribe on my voice mail. The guy ran out of time, so he called back and left another few minutes of vituperation.

To accompany the corrections-reform edit, I had used your March 5, 2008 cartoon of the guys in striped jail suits jumping out of the bursting can. I also ran, small, in the editorial, Adam Zyglis’ cartoon of the same date dealing with the same topic.

This caller was outraged because all the prisoners he could see in the cartoons were white. He took off on that big-time.

Adding fuel to the fire was a story we ran on page 1 that day featuring an interview of a local white woman whose son, a Marine, had been killed along with his black wife, while stationed in California. Four black guys, fellow Marines, have been charged. The guy took off on that, too, saying that if it had been four white guys it would be all over the news (It WAS all over the news, but apparently he missed that page-one point somehow · .)

Anyway I just wanted to pass along this guy’s seething, roiling criticism of the liberal media portraying criminals as white and victims as minorities.

So next time you depict jail birds, if you want to make this guy happy make sure they’re all black, okay?


Paula Heeschen
Editorial page editor
Pocono Record
Stroudsburg, PA

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis of the Buffalo News.

Glenn McCoy's San Diego Comic-Con Presentation

This year, I hosted a panel at the San Diego Comic-con on political cartoons featuring myself and syndicated cartoonists Glenn McCoy, Jeff Koterba, Steve Breen and Michael Ramirez.

Here is the first part of the panel, featuring Glenn McCoy talking about a collection of his funny cartoons. Check back all this week for more videos from the comic-con.


Laid Off After 35 Years

In a cost cutting move, The Jerusalem Post has dropped “Dry Bones,” the comic strip by my buddy, Yaakov Kirschen who has drawn it for the Post for 35 years. We syndicate Yaakov’s cartoons and he will continue to draw Dry Bones for syndication.

See Yaakov’s cartoons here and see his blog.

Yaakov will be leaving Israel to do an “Artist in Residence” stint at Yale, which sounds like fun.


My Walter Cronkite Cartoon and a Reader Comment

This is what my mailbox is like each day …

Patrick Ferrell
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 3:19 PM

You should have Daryl do a comparison between Cronkite and Ed Schultz, or that moron left wing Keith Olberman, oh but wait, I know, it might cut down the ratings of MSNBC even MORE if he did that lol”¦.you have to put somebody that people KNOW in a cartoon so you can try to make it funny, and nobody knows any of those so called newspeople at MSNBC so even if he did do one, nobody would get it. Besides, everybody knows how left wing Cronkite was, and he would have been right at home on MSNBC. I am surprised you guys have not picked up Dan Rather. Yeah”¦he probably would like a chance at ratings, so you couldn’t get him over there without busting your $2000 per day budget. If you could only print money like President Hussein is doing”¦.oh well”¦

I didn’t realize Daryl was so desperate, he had to work at MSNBC”¦..I guess I will have to cancel my subscription to his biased cartoons now. I thought he used to hit everybody, but working for MSNBC and doing that would get you fired, and you cant be fired these days and find a job”¦..ask Obama HA HA HA HA.

Good riddance
Patrick Ferrell


First Cartoon We've Killed in a Year

Cartoon by Jiho for the Nice-Matin newspaper in France.
Cartoon by Jiho for the Nice-Matin newspaper in France.

I got an e-mail from our Cagle Cartoons managing editor, Cari Bartley this morning.


I started getting calls from subscribing editors real early this morning. This would be odd for a Saturday, so I answered.  The last editor said that forcing his employees to search through the current cartoons could actually be construed as sexual harassment and get him in trouble.

I pulled the cartoon from the download site and attached the cartoon to this email.


It is pretty rare for us to censor a cartoon, but sometimes foreign sensibilities don’t quite mesh with our American expectations.  This cartoon was drawn for the Nice-Matin newspaper in France by Jiho, who doesn’t much care for Lance Armstrong.  Alas, no one here will see this charmer, outside of our blog.

The cartoonists upload their own cartoons to our syndicate site, without going through a censor (other syndicates censor first).  This rarely creates a problem for us, although editors often complain about having to look at cartoons that annoy them, that they don’t print and would never have to suffer looking at from other syndicates.  Some cartoonists think we should never kill a cartoon in syndication, because it is up to the editors to decide whether to print it or not.  We’ve posted some offensive whoppers … but sometimes … well …


Michael Jackson Still Dead (and God)

Ok, here’s the Michael Jackson cartoon I promised you all on Twitter.  Let me know what you think.


See Me at Comic Con

I’ll be moderating a panel of Editorial Cartoonists again this year at the San Diego Comic Con!  We may have one or two more cartoonists than what has been announced.

I’ll also be spending a chunk of time hanging out at the National Cartoonists Society booth.  Stop by and say hello.

Sunday, July 26th, 11:30-12:30, Room 5AB, Newspaper Editorial Cartoonists“” Daryl Cagle, the cartoonist for, moderates a panel of top editorial cartoonists including Steve Breen of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the most recent Pulitzer Prize winner; Michael Ramirez of Investor’s Business Daily, the previous year’s Pulitzer winner; Jeff Koterba, nationally syndicated cartoonist for the Omaha World-Herald; Glenn McCoy, who draws the comic strip The Duplex in addition to his nationally syndicated political cartoons; and Rich Moyer (animated editorial cartoons). Editorial cartoonists are seeing their newspaper clients diminish as their audience on the web grows, raising lots of questions for the profession that these cartoonists will address.


Video: Interview with Mikhaela Reid and Jen Sorensen

Here is another interview from this year’s Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) Convention. This time, I sit down with Mikhaela Reid and Jen Sorenson, two successful female alternative cartoonists featured on our site, and discuss the state of the industry and the uphill battle female cartoonists face.

In fact, the conversation was so good, we had to break it up into two parts:

Here are some of Mikhaela’s recent cartoons:

And here are some of Sorenson’s:


Video: Interview with Tim Eagan of Deep Cover

At the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) convention in Seattle, I had the pleasure to speak with Tim Eagan, the wonderful cartoonist behind the weekly comic Deep Cover (which you can read here):


Cam Cardow's Nation Newspaper Award Winning Cartoons

My good friend, Ottawa Citizen cartoonist Cam Cardow. Cam recently won Canada’s highest award in journalism, the National Newspaper Award (NNA), which is their equivalent to our Pulitzer Prize.

Here are his winning cartoons (view more of Cam’s fantastic cartoons here), along with a video Cam made about receiving the award:

Check back for more videos from this year’s American Association of Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) convention!


Video: Interview with New Orleans Cartoonist Steve Kelley

Walking around the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) annual convention here in Seattle, and I came across my buddy Steve Kelley, the staff cartoonist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and one of the funniest cartoonists working today.

Here’s our conversation:

And here are some of his recent cartoons (View more of Steve’s cartoons here):