- Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
- Cartoon Movement (International)
This syndicate of professional cartoonists divide their stuff up by political bent (liberal and conservative). Great for comparison projects.
- The Cagle Post: Cartoons and Commentary
- Jen Sorenson's Slow Poke
- M. Wueker at Politico
- Bob Lang at CNN.com
- Mike Keefe
- Joe Heller at the Greenbay Press
The Cartoonist Lounge
from The New Yorker!
Daryl Cagle's Blog
Feature cartoon is from The Cagle Post: Cartoons and Commentary by Daryl Cagle. New cartoon is featured daily. Cagle's blog offers much more, including and index to cartoons by many of the most well-known political cartoonists working in the media industry today.
The Elements of Editorial Cartoons
Editorial cartoons use a number of elements to effectively communicate a message. Look for:
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.
Take a look at the Daryl Cagle cartoon above (changes daily) and ask yourself the following:
- 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?
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