DC -- GWU -- AAEC -- #!&% Cartoons! -- Panel 4: Comics Journalism: Cartoonists Are on the Story:
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Panelists: Mat Bors, Universal Press Syndicate and Susie Cagle, Cartoon Movement
#!&%!! "Stop them damn pictures!!” raged the infuriated politician, “I don't care what the paper writes about me. My constituents can't read. But, damn it, they can see the pictures!" In that case it was Boss Tweed famously raging about the devastating lampoons launched by Thomas Nast-- a cartoon attack that would eventually bring down Tweed and end his corrupt reign over New York City.
Today them #!&% pictures zip across the new digital landscape -- needling, infuriating, engaging and entertaining people on the web, in emails, on smart phones and iPads. From traditional newsprint to the blogosphere, Facebook and the Twitterverse, political cartooning is alive and well.
From the beginning of our country’s history up to today, cartoons have played an important role in U.S. political life. Paul Revere and Ben Franklin roused the rabble with cartoons, leading a revolution. Since then, political cartoons have called us to defend the nation from foreign foes and defend our freedoms from domestic forces. They make us stop and think -- and maybe stop and laugh.
As journalism figures out how to survive the shift to the light speed and micro-news cycles of the digital age, one small corner is adapting and even flourishing. Political cartoons, though as old as newspapering itself, are perfect for to the hyper speeds and truncated attention spans of today’s media consumers.
To celebrate this enduring craft, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is hosting #!&% CARTOONS!! A Festival Celebrating the Political Cartoon.
Featuring the nation’s best cartoonists and caricaturists, #!&% CARTOONS!!, in partnership with George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, will take over Jack Morton Auditorium on the GWU campus for two days of presentations, drawing and other 'toon foolery.
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2012_DC_AAEC_Panel6_120914: DC -- GWU -- AAEC -- #!&% Cartoons! -- Panel 6: Campaign 2012, The View from Left Field (19 photos from 2012)
2012_DC_AAEC_Panel7_120914: DC -- GWU -- AAEC -- #!&% Cartoons! -- Panel 7: Blown Covers, New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See (64 photos from 2012)
2012_DC_AAEC_Panel8_120914: DC -- GWU -- AAEC -- #!&% Cartoons! -- Panel 8: Campaign 2012, The View from Right Field (96 photos from 2012)
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2012 photos: Equipment this year: My mainstays were the Fuji S100fs, Nikon D7000, and the new Fuji X-S1. I also used an underwater Fuji XP50 and a Nikon D600. The first three cameras all broke this year and had to be repaired.
Trips this year:
three Civil War Trust conferences (Shepherdstown, WV, Richmond, VA, and Williamsburg, VA),
a week-long family reunion cruise of the Caribbean,
another week-long family reunion in the Wisconsin Dells (with lots of in-transit time in Ohio and Indiana), and
my 7th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including side trips to Zion, Bryce, the Grand Canyon, etc).
Ego strokes: I had a picture of Miss DC, Ashley Boalch, published in the Washington Post. I had a photograph of the George Segal San Francisco Holocaust memorial used as the cover of Quebec Francais (issue 165). Not being able to read French, I'm not entirely sure what the article is about but, hey! And I guess what could be considered to be a positive thing, my site is now established enough that spammers have noticed it and I had to block 17,000 file description postings for Viagra and whatever else..
Number of photos taken this year: just below 410,000.