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The female cartoonist who isn't

February 8, 2011 in Comment

Rachel Gold cartoonistThe world of cartooning is dominated by men, and political cartoons in particular seem to be almost exclusively a male preserve.

So there was much interest when a new political cartoonist called Rachel Gold (cartoon portrait, right) emerged in Austria, seemingly out of nowhere.

But all was not as it seemed. Rachel Gold is a pseudonym for a male cartoonist, Markus Szyszkowitz, who believes that a woman in this male-dominated world is allowed a more singular voice.

Read the full story at the Daryl Cagle Cartoon Blog

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How one woman was saved by cartoons

February 1, 2011 in Comment

Here’s a great video from the New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly that shows how cartoons can make serious points and provide hearty laughs at the same time.

In an illustrated lecture for Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED), a non-profit organisation dedicated to “Ideas worth spreading”, which it makes available through talks posted on its website, Donnelly talks about how she found her identity as a woman using the medium of cartoons, while growing up in turbulent times.

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“I can’t decide what I’m going to be when I grow up — a good girl or a slut.”

You can read more here: Cartooning has been my saviour.

“I have lived the privileged life of an American, but nonetheless have felt great difficulty in figuring out who I am and why I am here. It may sound funny, but cartooning has been my saviour. And I believe that the art form is unique in its ability to open people’s eyes – and not just those of us who practise it.”

Donnelly certainly seems to have succeeded making people laugh as well as opening their eyes, check out the video for the response to her Sarah Palin cartoon, in particular.