Francis Carruthers Gould, ‘The Mourner’, Fun, February 2, 1901.
A cartoon commemorating the death of King William IV in 1837 would have been unthinkable; by the time Queen Victoria died in 1901, newspapers had changed.
A Venezuelan fan dressed as Super Bigote during the May Day celebrations in 2022.
A Venezuelan cartoon character has been adopted by the government to help their popularity.
Political cartoons and memes have made it clear that if there’s something to agree about on all sides of the political spectrum, its that fat people are an easy target.
Fat people need to be empowered to critique the very groups so willing to instrumentalize their bodies for political gain.
You never know where Uncle Sam will make an appearance.
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The iconic image may have originated with a meat supplier named Samuel Wilson. Or not.
Royal satire has softened over the last 300 years, but audiences are more sensitive to barbs against the institution.
Those dressing in designer labels can be the subject of memes in the DRC.
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Humour is a way for Congolese internet users to prod at cultural traits and political developments – despite censorship being rife.
A new film uses pastiche to explore the whimsical world of cartoonist Michael Leunig - but the man himself gives little away and the film skates over his curlier controversies.
The New York Times decision to end daily political cartoons in its international edition has led to predictions of the death of cartooning. But the decision actually reflects an increasingly globalised, online industry.
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A New York Times decision has led to predictions of the death of cartooning. But rather than perishing, is the global art form just feeling the full force of technological and workplace change?
Censorship has been in the news again following Rwanda passing a new law.
Political and editorial cartoons are a key indicator of the democratic health of a country - but they can also be regressive.
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The artist who illustrated A Christmas Carol was one of the best-known satirists of his time.
A wonderful evocation of the horrors of last year’s long election campaign by David Rowe in the Australian Financial Review. Amid industry turmoil, newspaper cartooning is increasingly becoming a niche activity.
One of the great satirical achievements of the mass media era, the editorial cartoon, is losing its centrality in the digital age. Yet the ‘visual terrorism’ of cartoons can cut through the verbiage of political commentary.
A picture of Bill Leak supplied by The Australian on Friday, after news of his death.
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Bill Leak divided his audience, image by image. Causing offence was a KPI for him, not a risk.
Refugee artist Eaten Fish has attracted international attention for his powerful cartoons of life on Manus Island.
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A young Iranian detained on Manus Island has won a prestigious international award for his cartoons reflecting life there. Our government should allow this young man to fly to the US to accept his award.
Bill Leak’s portrayal of an Aboriginal father as neglectful is not representative of Aboriginal family life.
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Bill Leak’s cartoon of a drunk Aboriginal father who doesn’t know his son’s name exemplifies a long tradition of white men’s fantasies about the inferiority of Aboriginal people.
The cover of the ‘Weekly Standard’, February 2016.
Two recent controversial cartoons depicting people as apes have raised an important question: what are the legal and philosophical distinctions between harm and offence?
A Lahore man protests against cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad.
Ten years after the Danish cartoon crisis, it’s time to discuss how freedom of religion and freedom of speech can coexist.
The Plumb-Pudding in Danger: The greatest political cartoon ever.
From a vertically challenged Napoleon to a drunken prince, James Gillray inspired cartoonists for centuries.
Wherefore art thou Romeo?
Books and the ballot box have a long and winding history.
Cartoons can inspire rage – but they can also tell the stories of the marginalised. A panel from The Arrival by Shaun Tan, Lothian Children’s Books, an imprint of Hachette Australia, 2006.
In the month since the the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, the significance of visual representation has been a topic of much discussion. Political cartoons have the potential to reinforce problematic stereotypes…
Stéphane Charbonnier (Charb) lost his life in the Paris shooting.
They think and work differently, cartoonists. Anyone who has spent any time in an editorial office will know that cartoonists dream and draw on their own, working to the rhythm of their thoughts – if they…