It’s always strange to hear about artists in the pay of governments — the union seems so mismatched. In a recent interview with the Washington City Paper, cartoonist Chip Beck discussed using his pen to further the CIA’s mission abroad.
The day after the Charlie Hebdo attack I was in line at a public notary’s office in São Paulo. The local news, playing on a flat-screen TV intended to placate those of us waiting for an official stamp on this or that official document, showed footage of the massacre.
In an interview published by the AFP on Sunday, the American comic artist Art Spiegelman lambasted the US press for not republishing the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo‘s cartoons.
Four of France’s most highly regarded cartoonists are among the 12 people murdered in an attack at the Paris office of the magazine Charlie Hebdo on the morning of January 7.
Is it just me, or do a lot of governments seem to be cracking down on artists these days? The latest country to join the club is India, where a political cartoonist was recently imprisoned for his satirical drawings lampooning government and elite corruption.
Although the majority of his books are already some half a century old, Dr. Seuss remains one of the most beloved children’s authors and illustrators in American history. I’d bet that most of us, if asked, could name a Dr. Seuss favorite that made a lasting impression (One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish for me). But how many of us knew that Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel, was also a political cartoonist?
Marc H. Milleris the man behind an exhibition that is currently going on at the Charles P. Stevenson Library at Bard College in upstate New York, The Presidential Election of 1912 in Cartoons. Drawn from his personal collection these images provide a window into the world of US Presidential politics a hundred years ago when Theodore Roosevelt, who was a Republican and a “Progressive” ran in a hotly contested race. As we gear up for the 2012 elections, these images are a useful reminder about the down and dirty world of politics, what we can expect in the year to come and political mudslinging is nothing new.