Friday, February 22, 2019

Musa Kart Returns to Prison After Appeal Fails

Above image from the Cartoonists Rights Network International. 


Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart, a frequent critic of president of Turkey Recep Erdo─čan, must serve a prison term of one year and sixteen days in addition to the nine months he had been incarcerated awaiting trial. 

From the Globe Post Turkey:

A Turkish appeals court on Tuesday upheld jail sentences against opposition journalists in a long-running case targeting the Cumhuriyet newspaper — one of the few remaining dailies to oppose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Last year, 14 former Cumhuriyet staff including journalists and executives were given multiple sentences for “aiding and abetting terror groups without being a member” but they remained free pending trial.
An appeals court in Istanbul said it unanimously approved the sentences, and the Cumhuriyet reported that six former staff including cartoonist Musa Kart would have to go back to prison.

Turkey has the highest number of imprisoned journalists in the world. 


The staff of Cumhuriyet were charged with supporting the network of Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim cleric Ankara holds responsible for the failed 2016 coup attempt. They have denied the charges.

Since the failed coup, more than 77,000 people have been jailed pending trial, while about 150,000 civil servants and military personnel have been sacked or suspended from their jobs. Widespread operations and arrests are still routine.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Snow Cartoons 1938 - 1962

My friend Dick Buchanan showcases a small part of his gigantic collection of vintage magazine cartoons for your enjoyment. Look, you can't do anything about the snow and ice and freezing rain and school closings, so you might as well laugh about it. Thank you, Dick, for sharing.


(1938 – 1962)

No doubt about it, snow is funny. That’s why we have reached deep into the Cartoon Clip File and retrieved some gag cartoons about snow and ice. One thing’s for sure, snow is funnier when viewed from afar so stay inside and enjoy these cartoons from the past.

1.  JOHN BLUTO.  The Saturday Evening Post  January 25, 1958.

2.  CHON DAY. Collier’s January 30, 1943.

3.  AL KAUFMAN.  The Saturday Evening Post  March 9, 1957.

4. REAMER KELLER. Collier’s  March 12, 1938.

5.  STAN HUNT.  The Saturday Evening Post  January 6, 1951.

6.  DICK ERICSON.  True Magazine  March, 1952.

7.  BRAD ANDERSON. The Saturday Evening Post  January 6, 1951.

8.  BOB BARNES.  The Saturday Evening Post  January 6, 1951.

9.  SCOTT  TABER.  The Saturday Evening Post  February 8, 1958.

10.  AL KAUFMAN.  The Saturday Evening Post  February 11, 1950.

11.  CHON DAY.  The Saturday Evening Post  February 8, 1958.

12.  JAY IRVING.  Collier’s  March 2, 1940.

13.  DAVE GERARD.  Collier’s March 6, 1952.

14. TED KEY.  Collier’s  The Saturday Evening Post  November 29, 1949.

15.  HERB GREEN.  True Magazine  March 1962.

16.  NED HILTON.  Collier’s  December 23, 1950

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Some Sketches

Some sketches from the sketchbook from the past 30 days. A lot of cats and people!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

See Sy Barry at the New York Big Apple Comic Con Saturday, March 9, 2019

David Barry writes:

My dad and I are really looking forward to NY Big Apple Comic Con on Saturday, March 9th !!! Come down and see us at the National Cartoonists Society booth. Tickets available online. 
New drawings, brand new boxed Phantom note cards, new posters, daily pages and Sundays. Let us know if you’re going to be there. We’re excited to meet phans. Join us, and help celebrate Sy’s upcoming 91st birthday!!

Monday, February 18, 2019

New-York Historical Society: "Mort Gerberg Cartoons: A New Yorker's Perspective" Reception, February 14, 2019

A grand time with Mort Gerberg and many of his cartoonist friends upon the occasion of the opening of his 50 Year retrospective at the New-York Historical Society.

Above: me, Adrian Sinnott, Mort Gerberg, Danny Fingeroth and Jenny Robb.

"Mort Gerberg Cartoons: A New Yorker's Perspective" is on display from February 15 thru May 5, 2019 on the second floor of the New-York Historical Society. The reception was held on the evening of February 14th, on a clear and chilly NYC night.

This is a huge collection of Mort's published work, as well as previously unseen sketchbook sketches. Fantagraphics has published a companion book, MORT GERBERG: ON THE SCENE, with much of the art reproduced. Other Gerberg books and items are available as well.

The reception was big. I had to stand in a long line to hang up my coat. Hundreds of people attended. The whole floor was packed. Mort was man of the hour!

Sam Gross and Marisa Acocella.

John Reiner and Sam Viviano.

Caroline and Arnie Roth, R.O. Blechman and his wife.

Sidney Harris, George Booth, Sarah Booth.

Felipe "Feggo" Galindo and Bunny Hoest.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

See You Soon

Busy. Away from the studio. Back soon.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Newspapers Drop "Non-Sequitor" Comic Strip After Foul Language Discovered

The Butler (PA) Eagle publisher first had it brought to his attention by a shocked reader: the Non-Sequitor comic strip had foul language toward Trump hidden in it. 

“A reader brought to our attention that one of the syndicated comic strips which appears in the Sunday Butler Eagle may contain a hidden message which was apparently placed there by someone in the creative department of the creator of the comic strip or the syndication which controls it,” said Ron Vodenichar, Eagle publisher and general manager. “Neither the Butler Eagle nor any other newspaper that includes this strip had an opportunity to remove it even if they had discovered it before distribution.
“We apologize that such a disgusting trick was perpetuated on the reading public. The Butler Eagle will discontinue that comic immediately,” Vodenichar said.
Other papers have also dropped the strip. 

The Daily Cartoonist reports:

The seemingly vulgar sentiment, which appears to begin with “We fondly say go …”, can be seen scribbled in the bottom right corner of the middle panel in Non Sequitur, by cartoonist Wiley Miller.

Regarding the “Non Sequitur” Sunday comic published Feb. 10, containing vulgar language, we are sorry we missed the language in our editing process. If we had discovered it, we would not have distributed the cartoon without it being removed. We apologize to Non Sequitur’s clients and readers for our oversight.

            When I opened the paper Sunday morning and read my cartoon, I didn’t think anything of it, as I didn’t notice the scribbling that has now caught fire. It wasn’t until later when sharp-eyed readers pointed it out that I remembered doing it, as the cartoon was done about eight weeks ago. I now remember that I was particularly aggravated that day about something the president had done or said, and so I lashed out in a rather sophomoric manner as instant therapy. It was NOT intended for public consumption, and I meant to white it out before submitting it, but forgot to. Had I intended to make a statement to be understood by the readers, I would have done so in a more subtle, sophisticated manner. This coming Saturday will mark the 27th anniversary of Non Sequitur, and in all that time, I have never done anything like this, nor do I intend to do so in the future.
 More at The Daily Cartoonist.