Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Video: Matt Wuerker

Matt Wuerker, political cartoonist for Politico, talks about how you don't have to be a great artist to be a great cartoonist, as well as creating Trump's skin tone color in this short video titled "Dream Jobs: Political Cartoonist."

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dick Buchanan: Some Favorite Magazine Gag Cartoons 1940-60s

There's a saying around here that most people are crazy. There's good crazy and bad crazy. And the nice thing is that most people I know are the good kinda crazy. Case in point is my friend Dick Buchanan, who has amassed an XXXL clip file of golden age gag cartoons. Not only that, but he shares them with the world. Thank you, you lovely, crazy Dick Buchanan, for diving into your files in your Greenwich Village apartment so many times and coming up with these pretty-much-unseen-since-publication single panel cartoons. These are, as you will see, crazy good.

Here's the first time I showcased some of Dick's collection, three years ago now:


Dick Buchanan was kind enough to pass along some favorite old magazine gag cartoons. I agree with Dick that these cartoons, most of them unseen for over fifty years, deserve an encore. Here's Dick:

"As an aspiring cartoonist long ago, I kept a file of cartoons clipped from every magazine I could find. I still have I still use it for reference and amusement. I am happy to share it's contents. I have forwarded a few samples. There are more."

Gahan Wilson, one of his early cartoons from Collier's, June 24, 1955:

George Booth, The Saturday Evening Post, October 17, 1953:

John Gallagher:

Hank Ketcham in an early 1950's Saturday Evening Post:

Clyde Lamb, American Legion Magazine, October 1952:

Mel Lazarus (not "Mell" yet), in the Saturday Evening Post, January 20, 1951 -- still 6 years away from Miss Peach:

Virgil Partch, Collier's, 1940s:

Rowland Wilson, in that same Saturday Evening Post issue (October 17, 1953) as George Booth (see above):

Henry Syverson. In 1963, even the furniture was funny. From Look Magazine, December 3, 1963:

Jack Tippitt, Look Magazine, July 22, 1958. Two-time NCS Gag Cartoonist of the Year (1963 & 1966):

Thanks, Dick, for sharing these great gag cartoons!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Tom K. Ryan 1926 - 2019

T.K. Ryan, creator of King Features' long-running TUMBLEWEEDS comic strip passed away March 12, 2019. He drew the strip for 42 years, from 1965 to 2007.

Details are scant at this time.

From his Lambiek page:

Born in Anderson, Indiana, Tom K. Ryan attended both Notre Dame University and the University of Cincinnati. He started his career as a commercial artist, designing football helmets, but also drawing editorial and sports cartoons for local newspapers. Out of boredom, he started reading Western Literature. This resulted in the creation of an innovative newspaper strip called 'Tumbleweeds', which combined the Old West with a hip, modern approach.

Originally syndicated by Lew Little Syndicate, it first appeared in 1965, and was then distributed to over 300 newspapers by King Features until Ryan's retirement from the strip in December 2007. The strip has been collected in many paperbacks, and has even been made into a musical, that was performed in Las Vegas in 1983. 'Tumbleweeds' has inspired many comic artists, including Jim Davis, creator of 'Garfield', who assisted Ryan from 1969 until 1978.


King Features tributes him on Facebook

The T.K. Ryan page at the Farley Funeral Home in Venice, FL. 

The official Tumbleweeds site 

The Daily Cartoonist obituary

Friday, March 15, 2019

Video: Roz Chast on "Going Into Town" Graphic Novel

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast talks about her new graphic novel with Bill Hayes at The Strand in NYC. This was recorded on March 6, 2019. 

New Yorker cartoonist and NYT bestselling author Roz Chast, native Brooklynite-turned-suburban commuter deemed the quintessential New Yorker, has always been intensely alive to the glorious spectacle that is Manhattan--the daily clash of sidewalk racers and dawdlers, the fascinating range of dress codes, and the priceless, nutty outbursts of souls from all walks of life. For Chast, adjusting to life outside the city was surreal (you can own trees!? you have to drive!?), but she recognized that the reverse was true for her kids. On trips into town, they would marvel at the strange visual world of Manhattan--its blackened sidewalk gum wads, "those West Side Story--things" (fire escapes)--its crazily honeycombed systems and grids. Told through Chast's singularly zany, laugh-out-loud, touching, and true cartoons, Going into Town is part New York stories (the "overheard and overseen" of the island borough), part personal and practical guide to walking, talking, renting, and venting--an irresistible, one-of-a-kind love letter to the city.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

TV Series PILOT -Drawing Inspiration- Leigh Rubin of Rubes Cartoons and Ryan Johnson of NewRuleFX

Want to know more about how a cartoonist cartoons? Here's Leigh Rubin, of the comic panel "Rubes," to tell you what he does:

Renowned artist Leigh Rubin, an internationally syndicated cartoonist and special effects wizard Ryan Johnson from NewRuleFX join forces to create a TV series that explores the where creativity comes from and what inspires the creative passion. In this pilot episode of the Drawing Inspiration series, the two take you behind the scenes at special effects prop shop and out to the Central Coast to see a lot of bovine-inspired art! Leigh commissions Ryan to build a full scale cow inspired by one of Leigh's popular cartoon characters. Drawing Inspiration is a co-production of New Rule Productions, Inc. and Leigh Rubin Cartoonist.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Jane Pauley Interview Her Husband Garry Trudeau for CBS Sunday Morning

I think this is a first. After all these years of broadcasting, Jane Pauley interviews her husband of 39 years, Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Mike Lynch Cartoon Books for Sale

I’ve got two books, both from Down East Publishing. I sold out months ago, but -- SURPRISE -- found some more while cleaning my studio:

1- Lobster Therapy, a book of cartoons with great Maine-oriented gags by myself and Maine cartoonists John Klossner, David Jacobson, Jeff Pert, and the one and only Bill Woodman.

2- How to Die Down East by Buck Tilton with cover and interior illustrations by me.

I have some signed copies of each. Here's the deal: $25 for the pair if mailed to a US address. Let me know if interested. My email is mike at

Monday, March 11, 2019

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Some Gahan Wilson Gag Cartoons 1955 - 1964

Gahan Wilson, the legendary macabre cartoonist for The New Yorker, National Lampoon, Playboy and many others, is not in good health. He has advanced dementia. His stepson, Paul Winters, has placed him in a memorycare facility, and visits every day. But the care is expensive. Paul has set up a GoFundMe to help pay the bills. Please consider giving.

Dick Buchanan has culled his tremendous clip file of great cartoons to come up with these vintage Gahan Wilson gems. Enjoy. And, thanks, Dick, for these wonderful gag cartoons.


Here are some cartoons by the great cartoonist Gahan Wilson. Those who have taken the Cartoon Clip File Walking Tour of Greenwich Village Cartoonists know Mr. Wilson spent his struggling cartoonist years in the Village at 35 Bedford Street. Best known for his work in The New Yorker and Playboy, Gahan Wilson was one of many cartoonists who appeared in the pages of 1000 Jokes Magazine and its sister publication, For Laughing Out Loud.

1. For Laughing Out Loud October-December, 1963.

2. 1000 Jokes Magazine September-November, 1964.

3. 1000 Jokes Magazine March-May, 1964.

4. 1000 Jokes Magazine September-November, 1964.

"Aren't you a little young to be driving a cab?"

5. Collier’s March 4, 1955.

6. Collier’s January 6, 1956.

7. Collier’s October, 1956.


8. 1000 Jokes Magazine March-May, 1956.

"Frankly, I'm glad he's left us."

9. 1000 Jokes Magazine September-November, 1964.

11. For Laughing Out Loud October-December, 1963.

12. For Laughing Out Loud January-March, 1963   

Friday, March 08, 2019

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Show Business Gag Cartoons 1945 - 1962

Here it is Friday and time to think about the weekend and what movies and shows there are to see. Entertainment is where it's at, gang! And here's Dick Buchanan with a selection of vintage show business cartoons for your amusement. Happy weekend and thanks, Dick, for these great scans of great magazine panels.



(1945 – 1962)

Make no mistake, there’s no business like show business. And show business has always been a popular topic of gag cartoonists. In fact, “There’s no business like shows business” is one of the most used captions. With that in mind, direct from Cartoon Clip File, located somewhere scenic Greenwich Village, is a selection of show business cartoons. “There’s no cartoons like show business cartoons!”

1. JERRY MARCUS. 1000 Jokes Magazine 1950’s.

2. JOE ZEIS. The Saturday Evening Post January 25, 1958.

3. THURSTON GENTRY. Collier’s November 10, 1945

4. GEORGE SPROD. Punch November, 1954.

"But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?"
5. DICK STROME. American Legion Magazine 1948.

6. BRAD ANDERSON. The Saturday Evening Post September 28-August 4, 1962.

7.  PORGES, American Legion Magazine, May 1956.

8. IRWIN CAPLAN. American Legion Magazine April, 1953.

9. BILL POLVOGT. The Saturday Evening Post 1950’s.

10. LESLIE STARKE. The Saturday Evening Post July 18, 1953.

11. JERRY MARCUS. American Legion Magazine June, 1962.

12. DICK CAVALLI. 1000 Jokes Magazine September-November, 1956.

13. CHARLES E. MARTIN (CEM). Collier’s January 6, 1956.

14. DICK OLDDEN. The Saturday Evening Post. October 26, 1963.

15. IRWIN CAPLAN. The Saturday Evening Post 1950’s

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Cartoonist Rights Network International Files Friend of the Court Letter in Support of Ted Rall

The Cartoonists Rights Network International, a nonprofit organization that fights for freedom of speech for cartoonists, has 

"written to the Supreme Court of the State of California as cartoonist Ted Rall, formerly of the LA Times, seeks to overturn an “anti-SLAPP” ruling that prevents him from pursuing legal action against his former employer for defamation and unfair dismissal in 2015.
"As we reported at the time, Rall was fired after a poor-quality audio recording of his being ticketed for jaywalking fourteen years prior was apparently taken from LAPD evidence and passed to his editors as a pretext for disciplinary action. Rall went on to contend that the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which welcomed his firing, influenced the paper’s decision.  The LAPPL was at that time heavily invested in a private equity fund that was the major shareholder in the LA Times‘ publisher, Tribune Media.

"The letter reads:

"Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI) is a human rights organization working in defense of editorial, political and other cartoonists whose work leads to direct threats against their life, limb or livelihood. Often this involves cartoonists from oppressive theocracies where blasphemy or mere disrespect is a matter of grave consequence. Far more common, however, are instances where cartoonists suffer abuse inflicted with the instruments of authoritarian regimes: the military or police, party loyalists, unduly censorious statutes or heavy-handed legal action. In recent years the cases we champion have been largely in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Central & South America.

"However, it is not unheard of to find a cartoonist in trouble in Australasia, Europe or North America, especially in an era when fewer and fewer professionals cartoonists have the backing of a newspaper or other large media player. Even in the USA, where First Amendment rights are regarded as inviolate, we have seen cartoons being withdrawn from circulation or cartoonists dismissed due to pressure applied from the ground up (organized displays of “offense” on social media) or top down (corporate interests or political cronyism).

"Our organization is small, but whenever possible we seek to intervene on behalf of the cartoonist in trouble, which may mean assisting in their legal defense, relocation, or simply making representations to the relevant authorities. This year Index on Censorship recognized our work, nominating us for their Freedom of Expression Award in the “campaigning” category.

"[This case] alarms us first and foremost because of how similar certain aspects appear to those of others we have followed in locations such as Turkey, Malaysia or Equatorial Guinea. In each of these places a cartoonist has been the recipient of our annual Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award after being subjected to campaigns of intimidation and harassment from police, generally based on fabricated or exaggerated evidence.

"Of course we recognize that Mr Rall’s case differs in the scale and gravity of the alleged criminality at its heart, (neither jaywalking nor the allegedly exaggerated blog post are acts of sedition) but the intent and effect of the ensuing events have produced alarmingly similar results. That a freelance cartoonist could be expected to pay the legal fees of one of the country’s largest and most powerful news outlets seems an injustice so skewed as to be clearly intimidating to other writers and artists. That the incident involves the police could be construed as a further warning against challenging the authorities. Those in positions of power have seized upon an opportunity to silence a critic and serious, perhaps irreparable, damage has been done to the career of a popular and acclaimed cartoonist.

"CRNI understands the court’s solemn legal obligations. We also understand that all media accounts, from sporting events to complex legal cases, involve some degree of subjectivity, and that different parties will inevitably interpret the same situation in differing manners. It is especially within those gray areas that we seek to ensure fair treatment. Mr Rall did not misrepresent the basic fact of his arrest for jaywalking. His cartoon and blog were based upon facts and, predictably, infused with opinion. If they were overly acerbic or emphatic in the expression or interpretation of those facts and opinions then, to some degree, that is only what Mr Rall was, or any editorial cartoonist is, employed to do. He is entitled to mount a rigorous legal defense of his reputation.

"In our view the role of the political cartoonist today remains unchanged; they are a societal safety-valve, expressing dissatisfaction about political ineptitude, corporate malfeasance, international strife, all the various injustices and irritants of the world in a fashion that is at times blunt, even vulgar, but ultimately harmless. The cartoonist should provide the opportunity for the reader to have a rueful chuckle about the state of affairs as they stand, communicating an idea in a direct fashion that is consumed and processed in a matter of seconds. It is this immediacy that gives the cartoon its sensation of impudence. To read an essay takes time and its line of argument can be picked over. A cartoon arrives in the mind’s eye too fast for analysis and can feel like a blow, particularly if it belittles a cow we happen to hold sacred.

"An editorial cartoon is not a bald statement of fact; it is an opinion piece. Nonetheless humor falls flat without veracity. Thus we look to cartoonists not for nuanced analysis of any particular policy but to reveal greater truths. It is for this reason that those in power have cause to fear them. Like virtually no other profession, the cartoonist makes it their business to remind the citizenry that the emperor is wearing no clothes.

"We humbly ask the court to take these points into consideration as it deliberates upon the petition for review before it.

"The letter is signed by President Joel Pett and Executive Director Robert Russell on behalf of our board of directors and regional representatives.

"We note the efforts of other freedom of expression and cartoonists’ organizations in this regard – such as our colleagues at AAEC – and join in their sincere trepidation regarding the precedent that could be set should Rall’s petition fail to convince the Californian Supreme Court."

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Video: "Mort Gerberg Cartoons: A New Yorker's Perspective"

Mort Gerberg talks about drawing cartoons for 50 years and his new exhibit at the New-York Historical Society on NY1 with Pat Kiernan.

"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 AP has a video of Mort at the exhibition here:

CUNY TV has this January 9, 2019 interview with Mort from "Tony Guida's New York" show:


New Yorker Cartoon Editor Emma Allen interviews Mort

Gil Roth's "Virtual Memories" podcast

Monday, March 04, 2019

Help Gahan Wilson

Very sad news about the state of Gahan Wilson's health. Please consider helping this great cartoonist at this time.

Paul Winters has the details:

Sad news. Gahan's wife of 53 years, Nancy Winters, passed away March 2, 2019.

More sad news is that Gahan is suffering from advanced dementia. We were keeping his condition private for many reasons.

My mother, his wife, was his rock and his guide through the world. With her passing, he is lost and devastated.

We must raise some immediate funds to find him some memory care until we can set him up at our new place in New Mexico.

We have set up a gofundme for Gahan if any one wants to help out. Memory care is crazy expensive and if we could pay for it ourselves, we would do so.

Over the years, Gahan gave me a big collection of his cartoons. I will sell the whole collection as one, or piece by piece if anyone wants to help out in that way. We have pieces ranging from $125.00 for a print on up to the thousands. My interest is to help Gahan live the rest of his life in as wonderful a fashion as possible.

They had a wonderful life together. It is this last turn that is so sad.

Please contact me at if you wish to buy an original cartoon.

Thank you,

Paul Winters

Friday, March 01, 2019

John Gallagher Part Two: 1000 Jokes! - Gag Cartoons 1954 - 1965

Want to see some great cartoons by one of the most prolific gag cartoonists ever? Here's "John Gallagher Part Two: 1000 Jokes! - Gag Cartoons 1954 - 1965" written by Dick Buchanan. Part one is here. Thank you, and take it away, Dick:


   Part Two: 1000 Jokes!

  (Gag Cartoons 1954 – 1965)

Laughing Out Loud #5 October-December, 1957. One of the six covers Gallagher rendered between 1956 to 1958.

John Gallagher received the National Cartoonist Society’s Gag Cartoon Award for 1957 and 1971. His brother George Gately created the comic strips, Hapless Harry and Heathcliff.

An avid baseball fan, sports was one of his favorite subjects--baseball, boxing, horse racing, hunting and fishing. These cartoons found a happy home in Sport Magazine, True Magazine and Golf Magazine as well as The Saturday Evening Post. Animals were another subject Gallagher portrayed in countless gags. His lions, parrots, giraffes and dogs were portrayed with his unique humorous touch.

Like many cartoonists before and since, John Gallagher had a healthy disdain for editors. Shortly after he abandoned freelancing, he shared his thoughts in an interview by Jim and Gerry Ruth in Cartoonists Profiles (December, 1971):
“One of the most discouraging things about the gag field was the part that the editors played. No one wants to be accused of not having a sense of humor, but the buying of professional humor requires more background and knowledge than many editors had. There was constant interference and control of visual humor by people who were more at home with writing than humor. I always felt that gag selection should have been in the hands of a person involved in the field.”
Gallagher said he sold his best gags not to the major magazines but to 1000 Jokes Magazine. “I always felt I sold my best stuff to 1000 Jokes. Bill Yates, the editor over there, got some of my best gags. Both he and John Norment, who was editor after him, had good backgrounds in the business. They knew humor and they knew how to pick gags.”

In that spirit, here is a selection of John Gallagher’s cartoons from the pages of 1000 Jokes Magazine and its sister publication, For Laughing Out Loud . . .

1. 1000 Jokes Magazine August-October, 1954.

2. 1000 Jokes Magazine May-July, 1955.

3. 1000 Jokes Magazine November, 1955-December, 1956.

4. For Laughing Out Loud February-April, 1957.

5. For Laughing Out Loud February-April, 1957.

6. For Laughing Out Loud February-April, 1957.

7. 1000 Jokes Magazine September-November, 1958.

8. 1000 Jokes Magazine June-August, 1958.

9. For Laughing Out Loud October-December, 1958.

10. 1000 Jokes Magazine June-August, 1959.

11. For Laughing Out Loud January-March, 1960.

". . . . Being of sound mind and body. . . ."

12. For Laughing Out Loud October-December, 1961.

13. For Laughing Out Loud January-March, 1962.

14. 1000 Jokes Magazine September-November, 1963.

15. 1000 Jokes Magazine September-November, 1964.

16. 1000 Jokes Magazine March-May, 1965.