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September 22, 2013 in General, Links, News

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Above: the exiled Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat talks to the BBC about taking on a dictator’s regime with pen and ink.

Art Spiegelman, the acclaimed cartoonist behind Maus, Raw and the Garbage Pail Kids, is interviewed for NPR as he publishes a new retrospective collection. Listen to him here.

In November, Tate will publish a new book on comic art by one of the leading experts on the subject, Paul Gravett. Read more about the book here.

Following the fatal shootings earlier this month at the Washington Navy Yard, Ted Rall is critical of the responses from US political cartoonists.

Yet more evidence emerges that comics make children more successful academically. If further proof were needed, here’s another chance to see a team of Procartoonists take on TV’s Eggheads. This 2009 show  was recently posted  on You Tube, though we’re told that, all things being well, it will be repeated on BBC Two on 6 December.

Round up – What the Bloghorn saw

October 7, 2011 in News

Hergé’s most controversial Tintin book, the infamous Tintin in the Congo, has come under fire again, with a Belgian court being asked to ban the comic bookon the grounds of racism.

Political cartoonist and PCO member Steve Bell has been busy on the party conference circuit over the past few weeks for the Guardian, which has posted a selection of his sketches from this week’s Tory get-together in Manchester.

Maus, the Pulitzer-winning graphic novel by underground cartoonist Art Spiegelman, is 25 years old. In a new book, MetaMaus, he tells the story of how he created his epic Holocaust allegory. NPR has a 30-minute interview with Spiegelman here.

US satirical cartoonist Peter Bagge – who received advice from Spiegelman early in his career – has been interviewed by Reason, the libertarian magazine for which he has been a contributor since 2003. Bagge talks about his political views and how they have affected his comics work – watch the video here.

Ahead of an exhibition of magazine illustrations by Edward Sorel at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the cartoonist and illustrator has been interviewed by The Atlantic about his long career. You can read the article here.

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Art Spiegelman and the Refugee Ship Blues

June 25, 2009 in Comment

artspeigelmanclipThe potential for the power of the visual image is demonstrated by this recent editorial comic strip in the Washington Post by Maus cartoonist Art Spiegelman. The strip focuses on American editorial cartoonists’ response to the arrival (and subsequent denial of entry) of a shipload of 900 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939 (the notorious Voyage of the Damned), but it also manages to encompass commentary on the current crisis for US immigrants and the decline of the modern American editorial cartoonist. This decline in numbers of full time employed artists in the United States tends to mirror the fall in readers of print media.

Image Clipping © Art Spiegelman for The Washington Post