Political cartoonists received little respect back in the day when many city newspapers all had their own cartoonists working for them. Many were syndicated beyond their regular on staff jobs and those who were in many newspapers found their work published in books and much more.
This article from Editor & Publisher magazine’s July 7, 1990 issue shows how they perceived themselves and the content of the article is interesting in that it touches upon their in-depth viewpoints towards the trade and their “bosses”. It’s a rather interesting testament between creative souls and you wonder exactly how these talented political cartoonists now perceive the business in this technological age, over a quarter of a century after this article was initially published!
Political Cartoons 2017 Still Make Fun Of Politics
Any of the current political cartoons now appearing are probably coming from the point of view of a Democrat or a Republican who is speaking his mind. For instance, as of this writing, political cartoons this week are all about President Donald Trump and probably showing him in a negative light, based on his bombastic nature. Many of the cartoons appearing in newspapers across the country are political cartoons with explanations demeaning the president in some scurrilous manner.
One can only guess what type of political cartoons Donald Trump likes. They are most likely those which speak well of him or the Republican party of course. Any political cartoon definition is that of an illustration making light of the current politics of the nation or of political figures. With the technological advancements that have taken place since this article, many political cartoonists have established their own cartoon distribution services and can self syndicate their material or set up a network of subscribing newspapers who are interested in using their work.
No longer do they need a big city newspaper publisher to get their ideas out to the readers. Many have turned to book illustration and have become successful in their own right, doing what they love. Others have move into syndication like Wiley Miller who draws the popular Non Sequitur. Long live the ‘Rodney Dangerfields Of The Press’!”