The political cartoonist who drew the above item, Rob Rogers, was recently fired by his paper in Pittsburgh for being “too political”. ¿ Sorta like a president being unpresidential, no? Rogers lost his job, but still appears in syndicated publication. Cartoonists stick together, and are a political force. I visit their site daily to see what they’re drawing. And today I updated the Wikipedia page on this topic to include a link to their collective contributions, with gratitude, for Thanksgiving Day. (Yes, gratitude is a force, too. I’m grateful, among so many things, for our First Amendment, which allows us to speak power to authority, without risking our lives.)
Here’s what Wikipedia presently says to introduce its topical entry :
An editorial cartoon, also known as a political cartoon, is a drawing containing a commentary expressing the artist’s opinion. An artist who writes and draws such images is known as an editorial cartoonist. They typically combine artistic skill, hyperbole and satire in order to question authority and draw attention to corruption, political violence and other social ills.Developed in England in the latter part of the 18th century, James Gillray was a pioneer of the political cartoon. Founded in 1841, the British periodical Punch appropriated the term cartoon to refer to its political cartoons, which led to the term’s widespread use.