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Cartoonist at Center of Post Hubbub: 'I Want an Open Debate'

Michael Ramirez says yanked cartoon wasn't racist but a specific depiction of a senior Hamas rep

(Newser) - The Washington Post may have belatedly not approved of his Hamas-themed editorial cartoon, but Michael Ramirez is now making the rounds to defend his work. The political cartoonist sat down with both CNN and Fox Digital to further explain the cartoon behind the commotion, which depicted a Hamas leader with...

WaPo Scrubs Cartoon 'in Poor Taste' From Site

Critics say editorial panel depicting Hamas leader wearing children as human shields was racist

(Newser) - An editorial cartoon in the Washington Post touching on the Israel-Hamas war has been scrubbed from the newspaper's website after reader backlash accused it of being racist and dehumanizing to Palestinians. That's per the Post itself, which reports that the cartoon by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Ramirez was...

There's a Hidden Meaning to This Record-Breaking Cartoon
Comic That Captured 'Spirit
of the Internet' Sells for $175K
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Comic That Captured 'Spirit of the Internet' Sells for $175K

Peter Steiner's 1993 'New Yorker' comic, sold for $175K, speaks to internet culture and imposter syndrome, too

(Newser) - In addition to being the most reprinted New Yorker cartoon in history, a black-and-white doodle showing a dog using the internet is now the most expensive single-panel cartoon ever sold at auction. Peter Steiner's 1993 cartoon featuring the line "On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog,...

Scott Adams to Launch Dilbert Reborn

And there are hints the main character in the comic strip may be 'angrier'

(Newser) - A new comic strip is dropping Monday, though it's not so much new as it is "reborn." In fact, the cartoon will be called Dilbert Reborn—created by embattled cartoonist Scott Adams, who saw his original Dilbert strip dropped by newspapers across the US, as well as...

Next Voice of Elvis Will Be Matthew McConaughey's

Netflix to roll out animated 'Agent Elvis' in March

(Newser) - The King of Rock 'n' Roll as a federal agent might seem far-fetched, but it didn't to Elvis. He once went to Washington in hopes of meeting President Nixon, offering his services to the country in exchange for a badge, per Smithsonian Magazine . "I will be here...

Disney Revives Character After Nearly a Century

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, who preceded Mickey Mouse, stars in new animated short

(Newser) - Mickey Mouse's rabbit forefather just came back from the Disney dead. Considered Walt Disney's "first breakout animated star," Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was first introduced to audiences in the 1927 short Trolley Troubles, per Variety . Disney went on to create 26 shorts starring the plucky rabbit...

Popular '90s Sitcom Is About to Get Animated

Cartoon version of 'Married With Children,' with original cast, is in the works

(Newser) - The dream team of Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate, and David Faustino are getting together again for a revival of their popular Fox sitcom, Married With Children—this time in cartoon format. Sources tell Deadline the animated reboot "is being pitched to networks and streamers and is...

Comic Strip Characters Ditching Their Pants on Friday

Comic strip artists to celebrate No Pants Day in a way that helps charities

(Newser) - Fans of newspaper comics will instantly notice something missing in many of the strips this Friday—pants. More than 25 cartoonists behind strips from "Blondie" to "Zippy the Pinhead" are celebrating the quirky holiday No Pants Day in a way that helps charities get clothing to those in...

Newspaper Equates Mask Mandate With Holocaust

Publisher of Kansas weekly goes after governor's 'overreach' with controversial cartoon

(Newser) - A weekly Kansas newspaper whose publisher is a county Republican Party chairman posted a cartoon likening the Democratic governor's order requiring people to wear masks in public to the roundup and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust. The cartoon on the Anderson County Review's Facebook page...

Daughters Take Stand After Racist Cartoon in Family Paper

Now their dad, publisher of local Missouri publication, has resigned for his 'poor judgment'

(Newser) - The publisher of a family-owned Missouri newspaper has resigned after publishing a racist syndicated cartoon depicting a black man stealing a white woman's purse while hailing funding cuts to police. Bill Miller Sr. on Thursday told the AP he has stepped down as publisher of the Washington Missourian but...

In New Looney Tunes, an Iconic Gun Is Missing

Elmer Fudd doesn't carry one on HBO Max version of classic cartoon

(Newser) - Elmer Fudd "hunting wabbits" without his iconic shotgun? Yes, it's true: The famous gun-toting Looney Tunes cartoon character totes one no longer. In Warner Bros.' new version of the classic series, Looney Tunes Cartoons on the HBO Max streaming service, Fudd uses other means to try to...

Lawmaker Brings Back Contest That Angers Many Muslims

Geert Wilders revives the Mohammed cartoon competition

(Newser) - Nothing like a good contest caricaturing the Prophet Mohammad—if you're a firebrand politician, that is. Far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders said Saturday he was reviving a contest for Mohammad cartoons after he had dropped such a plan last year amid fear of attacks, Reuters reports. "Freedom of...

Not Surprisingly, a 'Baby Shark' TV Series Is in the Works

Viral preschool hit is apparently not going anywhere

(Newser) - Just when you thought we'd reached Peak Baby Shark, Nickelodeon has come up with yet another way to make sure you're never able to get the song out of your head. The network is developing an animated series based on the tune, though there's no word yet...

2nd Offensive Cartoon Leads NYT to Drastic Move

Newspaper will no longer run syndicated cartoons after publishing one deemed anti-Semitic

(Newser) - "How many New York Times editors looked at a cartoon that would not have looked out of place on a white supremacist website? ... What does this say about your processes or your decision makers?" That was the reaction of the American Jewish Committee after the publication of what the...

Newspaper Drops Cartoon Over Vulgar Message to Trump

'Non Sequitur' had 'little Easter egg'

(Newser) - At least one newspaper says it has dropped the syndicated cartoon "Non Sequitur" after a vulgar message to President Trump appeared in it. The Butler Eagle in Pennsylvania reported Sunday that the "shot at President Donald Trump" will cost cartoonist Wiley Miller "his place in the Eagle'...

Artist Who Drew Serena Cartoon: 'World's Gone Crazy'

Mark Knight says controversial drawing 'had nothing to do with race'

(Newser) - The Australian cartoonist widely condemned for drawing what critics say is a racist caricature of Serena Williams says the world has "gone crazy." Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight told an interviewer Monday that his cartoon was an accurate representation of Williams' meltdown during her US Open loss to...

Cartoon Recasts Obama, Biden as Future-Saving Heroes

Kickstarter seeks to raise $100K for 'Barry & Joe: The Animated Series'

(Newser) - Remember Barack Obama and Joe Biden? Well, they're coming back—in cartoon form! Maybe. Probably not. But maybe! NBC News reports Adam Reid, a filmmaker and commercial director, has launched a Kickstarter to produce Barry & Joe: The Animated Series. The "adult animated sci-fi sitcom" features Obama and...

Voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Many Others Dies

June Foray was a prolific voice actress with more than 300 credits

(Newser) - Actress June Foray, who gave voice to Rocky the Flying Squirrel and hundreds of other cartoon characters has died in a Los Angeles hospital, the AP reports. She was 99. Foray died Wednesday of cardiac arrest, but she had been in fragile health since a car accident two years ago,...

McDonald's Sauce From '98 May Return, Thanks to Cartoon

Rick of 'Rick and Morty' really wants chain's Szechuan McNugget dip on the menu again

(Newser) - More than 20,000 supporters have signed a petition calling for McDonald's to bring back a special sauce for its Chicken McNuggets, and it's thanks to a cult-favorite cartoon. Rick and Morty, a popular animated series co-created by Dan Harmon for the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim roster,...

His Cartoon Is So Famous It's Even on ... Thongs

It forms part of Bob Mankoff's legacy

(Newser) - "No, Thursday's out. How about never—is never good for you?" It's a line that appeared in the Yale Book of Quotations; the punchline has turned up on thong underwear. But it originates from Bob Mankoff's 1993 cartoon , which depicts a businessman on the phone and...

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