The tumultuous, incredible events that closed out 2016 and began 2017 were totally dominated by the subject of Donald Trump. No need to fish around for material here; ready-made cartoon ideas jumped right out, so cartoonists had little more to do than write down what we heard and what we saw in real life. The headlines in the daily papers have been nearly impossible to twist because they were virtually unbelievable. Here were a few for starters:
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Had an electrifying experience last weekend when I went down to Washington with Judith to join our daughter Lilia, her sister-in-law Sara and Lilia’s friends Jane, Emily and Lara on the Women’s March. Felt grateful and privileged to have been able to participate in this inspiring, unforgettable event that evoked my memories of attending the historic Martin Luther King coming-together of l963. Time —and we all — march on into today’s own historic (or should that be hysteric?) times. Should be rich with source material.
JUST PUBLISHED! The first-ever compilation of cartoons from The Realist — the legendary, iconic, hugely-influential satirical magazine published by Paul Krassner!
Outrageous cartoons were the highlights of each issue — some of the most incendiary ever to appear in an American periodical — likened to Charlie Hebdo by Time magazine.
The Realist Cartoons, a 296-page volume from Fantagraphics Books, collects almost all of the magazine’s cartoons that appeared on its pages during its historic run. Presented in chronological sequence, dated and annotated, the cartoons form a unique, provocative. hilarious history of the country’s burning social/political issues from 1958 to 2001. The book includes work by Art Spiegelman, R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Jay Lynch, Wallace Wood, Trina Robbins, Jay Kinney, Richard Guindon, Nicole Hollander, Skip Williamson, Ed Fisher, Sam Gross, Ed Koren and myself, among many others. You should not miss this!
Check it out at https://www.amazon.com/Realist-Cartoons-Paul-Krassner/dp/1606998943 You’ll be able to preview the first few pages when you click on the book cover there.
(My “woman in the shoe” cartoon above was in the June, 1962 issue, and is among the first I ever published.)