The latest in editorial cartoons are often available through RSS feeds provided by publishers and the artists themselves. Check out Daryl Cagle's blog, The Cagle Post: Cartoons and Commentary offers both images and political analysis.
The Cartoon Lounge features three seasons of video podcasts with New Yorker cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff.
Check out the Daily RSS Feed from the New Yorker, below:
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Editorial cartoons are based on the artists interpretation of his audience's social concerns, including economic, politics, and social policy. The cartoonist uses a number of elements to effectively communicate their interpretations. As you "read" editorial cartoons, watch for the following in order to understand the information the cartoonist is attempting to convey about these social concerns.
Consider what images cartoonists can use to indicate the United States. Common symbols include the Statute of Liberty, a bald eagle, and Uncle Sam. Flags are often used to represent countries, as well as prominent political figures. Universal symbols are often used transmit positive ideas. On the other hand, stereotypes are often used to reinforce negative connotations.
Caricature parodies an individual. By exaggerating features, political figures and other celebrities become immediately recognizable in the cartoon.
Characters are placed within commonly recognized situations and social cliches in order to evoke empathy (or other strong emotions) from viewers. Ask yourself:
What is the timing or context of events represented?
|What characters are recognizable?|
|What symbols have been employed?|
|How about stereotypes?|
|Who is the indented audience?|
|What experiences, emotions or assumptions does the situation invoke in the audience?|
The articles below examine the ways in which editorial cartoonists have influenced society.
15 Historic Cartoons that Changed the World (BuzzFeed)
Cartoon America (Library of Congress)
Join or Die: America's First Political Cartoon (National Constitution Center)
Thomas Nast: Illustrating Chinese Exclusion (Michele Walfred)
An Historic Look at Political Cartoons (Nieman Report)
Cartooning Capitalism: Art Young and the Cartoons of Radicalism (Michael Cohen)
Creating Cartoons: Art and Controversy (Library of Congress)
Political Cartoonists Impact Presidential Races (US News & World Report)
Why Internet Memes May Replace Editorial Cartoons (John Schacht)
The Cartoonist Group strives to be the largest searchable database of cartoon art on the internet. Along with other artists, they feature 23 leading editorial cartoonists in their editorial cartoon section. Educators are welcome to use the images under the "fairuse" guidelines of copyright law.
Creating Memes as the Modern Political Cartoon (Chuck Baker)
Drawing for Change: Analyzing and Making Political Cartoons (The NY Times)
Interpreting Political Cartoons in the History Classroom (TeachingHistory)
The Political Cartoon in US History (PBS Learning Media)
Political Cartoons and Public Debates (Library of Congress)
The Political Dr. Seuss (Independent Lens)
Teacher's Guide to Analyzing Political Cartoons (Library of Congress)
Guide developed by llcowell, 2016.
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