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According to the Edmonton Journal, “editorial cartoons by the Journal’s Malcolm Mayes attract more page views than any other piece of content on the website.” So why don’t publishers put their cartoonists’ work front and centre online? Although editors vary in temperament, editorial cartooning seems to be endured rather than encouraged by management. Perhaps one problem is that the political sentiments of the average Canadian caricaturist lie somewhere between Stéphane Dion and Jane Fonda, while the editorial position of many Canadian newspapers ranges somewhere between Barbara Amiel and Genghis Khan.
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Given today’s political and economic climate, what should be the purpose of the contemporary editorial cartoon? “Foremost – a means of dissent,” Dan Murphy replied by email. “States, corporations, institutional political parties have big budgets for promotions, can erect big PR statues to try to legitimize their vision. A political cartoon is graffiti around the base of those statues. The wittier, the funnier – the more memorable, the more powerful.”
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As of late July, [political cartoonist] Dave Rosen has spent almost a month looking for work in his field, while maintaining his blog (www.takeoutallthewords.blogspot.ca). “In that time, I have confirmed for myself the sad truth that no one wants to pay for editorial cartoons anymore,” he tells CG. “The websites I’ve approached simply won’t pay. They want free content, unfortunately because of precedents set by freelance writers who use the sites primarily for self-promotion.
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I have long had a theory that one reason people become so agitated by cartoons is that there is no way of answering back. A caricature is by definition an exaggeration, a distortion, unfair. If you don’t like an editorial you can write a letter to the editor, but there is no such thing as a cartoon to the editor.
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Lybian Cartoonist Critical of Gadhafi Still Missing

Yesterday, news broke that four New York Times journalists in Libya were released six days after they were captured by pro-government forces while covering a rebel uprising in the country’s east.

However, The Committee to Protect Journalists remains concerned about 13 other journalists who are either missing or are reportedly in Libyan government custody, including editorial cartoonist Mohamed al-Amin and five other Libyan journalists.

(Source: blog.cagle.com)

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illustratedvancouver:

“I’m going to miss the solitude of open space when they settle the construction dispute.” by cartoonist Len Norris, published July 9, 1970 in the Vancouver Sun (also on Tumblr, btw), via The SFU Library Editorial Cartoons Collection.

Funny how this still applies to many areas of Vancouver. When does the real estate development end??

illustratedvancouver:

“I’m going to miss the solitude of open space when they settle the construction dispute.” by cartoonist Len Norris, published July 9, 1970 in the Vancouver Sun (also on Tumblr, btw), via The SFU Library Editorial Cartoons Collection.

Funny how this still applies to many areas of Vancouver. When does the real estate development end??