By Susanna McLeod
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Welcome to The Cartoonists!
How do cartoonists do it? How do they make us laugh, make us think and even make us want to cry? With what looks deceivingly like a few simple strokes of the pen, a great sense of humour and a feel for life, these talented artists create art that touches our hearts and minds. Join me in one of my favourite things - exploring the lives and art of beloved cartoonists, from the first pioneers to today's talented creators. Browse through over 200 articles... and growing. Cheers for Cartoonists! Yay!
Lisa Benson, Inspiring Editorial Cartoonist of the Daily Press October 30, 2013
Her pen lines are graceful, smooth and exacting; her humour is also smooth and sharp as a honed blade. Lisa Benson took up cartooning when she was raising her family. It wasn’t long before her knives cut, er… pens created, an indelible mark in editorial cartooning.
Ethel Hays, Sophisticated Flappers to Cherubic Children from one pen September 30, 2013
Her art teachers convinced her to be a fine artist, to paint beautiful pieces of art and striking portraits. The young artist prefered illustration, but she followed her mentors' advice. Then during World War One, fate in the form of recovering wounded soldiers stepped in to change the course of Ethel Hays' future. Putting her canvasses and brushes aside, Hays became a professional cartoonist.
A Hirschfeld Spectacular! Starting November 14, 2013 through to January 2, 2014, a most delightful exhibit of the late Al Hirschfeld's wonderful caricatures is now on at Henri Bendel's flagship storel, 712 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Presented by Margo Felden Galleries and Henri Bendel, the Hirschfeld Spectacular is raising money for The Actor's Fund's Al Hirschfeld Free Clinic and the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS programs. A poster of Hirschfeld's amazing caricature portraits is available for $135. Enjoy! (I wish I could go - I am a total fan of Al Hirschfeld's unique work.)
Graeme MacKay, Editorial Cartoonist of the Hamilton Spectator August 30, 2013
Interested in news, the boy enjoyed the reports of daily events, reading newspapers and watching the happenings in the world, in Canada, and locally on the family television. But the news didn't depress the child or make him upset. Instead, absorbing the intense and serious, Graeme MacKay saw the silliness in the politics, the ironic in the stories. He took his pencil and created cartoons... and crafted himself a fine future at the same time: staff editorial cartoonist for The Hamilton Spectator newspaper in southern Ontario.
Bill Holbrook's heart has always had a soft spot for cartooning. So infused with creative spirit, Holbrook has created not one strip, not two strips... but three comic strips. "On the Fastrack," "Safe Havens" and "Kevin & Kell" continue in popular publication still today. Holbrook is one busy cartoonist.