Editorial & Political Cartoons

On December 9, 2008 at the Central Library, editorial cartoonist Lee Judge reflected on his 27 years at The Kansas City Star and shared some of his favorite unpublished cartoons in his presentation, Cartoons We’re a Little Afraid to Show You. These books explore the history of political cartoons in America, reveal cartoons that were never printed, and take a look at specific editorial cartoonists’ work.

The Art of Ill Will book jacket

The Art of Ill Will: The Story of American Political Cartoons
By Donald Dewey
The Art of Ill Will is a comprehensive history of American political cartooning, featuring more than 200 illustrations from the colonial period to contemporary cartoonists like Pat Oliphant and Jimmy Margulies. These artists had an uncanny ability to encapsulate the essence of a situation and steer the public mood with a single drawing and caption.

Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression
Edited by David Wallis
This collection of 100 cartoons--banned for being too controversial--is both surprising and shocking, and elicits outrage that a fearful editor kept them from being seen.

All the Art That's Fit to Print (And Some That Wasn't): Inside The New York Times Op-Ed Page
By Jerelle Kraus
In 1970, The New York Times launched Op-Ed art, a tool designed to add intellectual resonance and emotional impact to the paper's prose. This book reveals Op-Ed's story from its conception to today while recounting the stormy confrontations between artist and editor.

The New Yorker Book of Political Cartoons book jacket

The New Yorker Book of Political Cartoons
Edited by Robert Mankoff
This collection contains 110 of the very best cartoons on politics from The New Yorker from the 1930s to the year 2000.

Attitude: The New Subversive Political Cartoonists
Edited by Ted Rall
Here's the next generation of artists out to save the world: political cartoonists who run in your local weekly alternative paper, uncensored and in the raw. This book includes cartoons and interviews with: Tom Tomorrow, Peter Kuper, Ruben Bolling and many others.

Them Damned Pictures: Explorations in American Political Cartoon Art
By Roger A. Fischer
In this pungent climate, and with well over 100 cartoons as living proof, Roger Fischer - in a series of lively episodes - weaves the cartoon genre in to the larger fabric of politics and thought of the Guilded Age, and beyond.

Dr. Seuss Goes to War book jacket

Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel
By Richard H. Minear
For decades, readers throughout the world have enjoyed the marvelous stories and illustrations of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. But few know the work Geisel did as a political cartoonist during World War II, for the New York daily newspaper PM. Dr. Seuss Goes to War features handsome, large-format reproductions of more than two hundred of Geisel's cartoons, alongside commentary by the historian Richard H. Minear that places them in the context of the national climate they reflect.

Mission Accomplished: Wicked Cartoons by America's Most Wanted Political Cartoonist
By Khalil Bendib
In an increasingly geopolitical world, Bendib happens to be both "Us" and "Them," American and Muslim, a walking oxymoron--a "Clash of Civilizations" made flesh. He is an American political cartoonist with an in-your-face, non-Eurocentric perspective, a voice of the voiceless.

Why Do I Feel Uneasy?: More Cartoons
By Pat Oliphant
The author, a widely-circulated political cartoonist, has ferreted out the hypocrisy and absurdity in Republican and Democratic administrations alike for nearly thirty years. In this book, he takes aim at the Clinton administration.

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