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Newspaper Equates Mask Mandate With Holocaust

Publisher of Kansas weekly goes after governor's 'overreach' with controversial cartoon

(Newser) - A weekly Kansas newspaper whose publisher is a county Republican Party chairman posted a cartoon likening the Democratic governor's order requiring people to wear masks in public to the roundup and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust. The cartoon on the Anderson County Review's Facebook page... More »

Daughters Take Stand After Racist Cartoon in Family Paper

Now their dad, publisher of local Missouri publication, has resigned for his 'poor judgment'

(Newser) - The publisher of a family-owned Missouri newspaper has resigned after publishing a racist syndicated cartoon depicting a black man stealing a white woman's purse while hailing funding cuts to police. Bill Miller Sr. on Thursday told the AP he has stepped down as publisher of the Washington Missourian but... More »

In New Looney Tunes, an Iconic Gun Is Missing

Elmer Fudd doesn't carry one on HBO Max version of classic cartoon

(Newser) - Elmer Fudd "hunting wabbits" without his iconic shotgun? Yes, it's true: The famous gun-toting Looney Tunes cartoon character totes one no longer. In Warner Bros.' new version of the classic series, Looney Tunes Cartoons on the HBO Max streaming service, Fudd uses other means to try to... More »

Lawmaker Brings Back Contest That Angers Many Muslims

Geert Wilders revives the Mohammed cartoon competition

(Newser) - Nothing like a good contest caricaturing the Prophet Mohammad—if you're a firebrand politician, that is. Far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders said Saturday he was reviving a contest for Mohammad cartoons after he had dropped such a plan last year amid fear of attacks, Reuters reports. "Freedom of... More »

Not Surprisingly, a 'Baby Shark' TV Series Is in the Works

Viral preschool hit is apparently not going anywhere

(Newser) - Just when you thought we'd reached Peak Baby Shark, Nickelodeon has come up with yet another way to make sure you're never able to get the song out of your head. The network is developing an animated series based on the tune, though there's no word yet... More »

2nd Offensive Cartoon Leads NYT to Drastic Move

Newspaper will no longer run syndicated cartoons after publishing one deemed anti-Semitic

(Newser) - "How many New York Times editors looked at a cartoon that would not have looked out of place on a white supremacist website? ... What does this say about your processes or your decision makers?" That was the reaction of the American Jewish Committee after the publication of what the... More »

Newspaper Drops Cartoon Over Vulgar Message to Trump

'Non Sequitur' had 'little Easter egg'

(Newser) - At least one newspaper says it has dropped the syndicated cartoon "Non Sequitur" after a vulgar message to President Trump appeared in it. The Butler Eagle in Pennsylvania reported Sunday that the "shot at President Donald Trump" will cost cartoonist Wiley Miller "his place in the Eagle'... More »

Artist Who Drew Serena Cartoon: 'World's Gone Crazy'

Mark Knight says controversial drawing 'had nothing to do with race'

(Newser) - The Australian cartoonist widely condemned for drawing what critics say is a racist caricature of Serena Williams says the world has "gone crazy." Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight told an interviewer Monday that his cartoon was an accurate representation of Williams' meltdown during her US Open loss to... More »

Cartoon Recasts Obama, Biden as Future-Saving Heroes

Kickstarter seeks to raise $100K for 'Barry & Joe: The Animated Series'

(Newser) - Remember Barack Obama and Joe Biden? Well, they're coming back—in cartoon form! Maybe. Probably not. But maybe! NBC News reports Adam Reid, a filmmaker and commercial director, has launched a Kickstarter to produce Barry & Joe: The Animated Series. The "adult animated sci-fi sitcom" features Obama and... More »

Voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Many Others Dies

June Foray was a prolific voice actress with more than 300 credits

(Newser) - Actress June Foray, who gave voice to Rocky the Flying Squirrel and hundreds of other cartoon characters has died in a Los Angeles hospital, the AP reports. She was 99. Foray died Wednesday of cardiac arrest, but she had been in fragile health since a car accident two years ago,... More »

McDonald's Sauce From '98 May Return, Thanks to Cartoon

Rick of 'Rick and Morty' really wants chain's Szechuan McNugget dip on the menu again

(Newser) - More than 20,000 supporters have signed a petition calling for McDonald's to bring back a special sauce for its Chicken McNuggets, and it's thanks to a cult-favorite cartoon. Rick and Morty, a popular animated series co-created by Dan Harmon for the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim roster,... More »

His Cartoon Is So Famous It's Even on ... Thongs

It forms part of Bob Mankoff's legacy

(Newser) - "No, Thursday's out. How about never—is never good for you?" It's a line that appeared in the Yale Book of Quotations; the punchline has turned up on thong underwear. But it originates from Bob Mankoff's 1993 cartoon , which depicts a businessman on the phone and... More »

Pepe the Frog Is Now a Hate Symbol

Cartoon has been added to Anti-Defamation League's hate-symbols database

(Newser) - When Matt Furie started drawing Pepe in the early 2000s, the Los Angeles artist conceived the character as an "everyman frog" living an "early 20-something hedonistic lifestyle," he tells the Atlantic . But the cartoon frog soon morphed into an Internet meme, and was then adopted by the... More »

Charlie Hebdo: Screw ISIS, 'We Have the Champagne!'

Satire mag pulls no punches after Paris attacks

(Newser) - Few can relate better to Friday's terror attacks in the City of Light than the staff of Charlie Hebdo , the Parisian satirical magazine that lost 12 members in its own terrorist attack in January. A sneak peek of this week's cover, tweeted by columnist Mathieu Madenian ahead of... More »

'Holy Grail' Disney Cartoon Rediscovered 87 Years Later

Oswald short has not been viewed since 1928

(Newser) - Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the original famous Disney character before Mickey Mouse came along, appears in a long-lost six-minute cartoon recently found in the British Film Institute's archives, the Telegraph reports. "Sleigh Bells" was broadcast in 1928, but all copies were thought to have been lost and it... More »

Someone's Coming Out on The Simpsons?

Smithers, long rumored to be gay, has something to say to Mr. Burns: producer

(Newser) - This is looking to be a groundbreaking season of The Simpsons: Marge and Homer separate , Homer's been diagnosed with narcolepsy , and now "one of the greatest stories of unrequited love in modern popular culture is about to move to a new phase," per the Guardian . To wit:... More »

2nd Muhammad Cartoon Shooter Identified

Nadir Soofi, 34, was apparently roommates with Elton Simpson

(Newser) - Law enforcement officials have identified the second shooter at the "Draw Muhammad" cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, yesterday but say they don't know too much about him, CNN reports. Unlike the first identified shooter— 30-year-old Elton Simpson —Nadir Soofi, 34, hadn't already attracted the FBI's... More »

Poignant Cartoon Moves Canada

Bruce MacKinnon of Chronicle Herald praised for work after Ottawa attack

(Newser) - A cartoon that ran in Canada's Chronicle Herald today is the toast of social media, reports Mediaite . The drawing by Bruce MacKinnon depicts Cpt. Nathan Cirillo, who was fatally shot yesterday while guarding the nation's War Memorial. In the cartoon, a soldier from the statue is seen kneeling... More »

Boston Herald Sorry for Obama 'Watermelon' Joke

Cartoonist says reference was 'naive' and not intended to offend

(Newser) - A political cartoonist at the Boston Herald set out to make fun of the Secret Service but wound up apologizing for a racial gaffe involving the president. The cartoon depicts an intruder in a White House bathtub asking a pajamas-clad President Obama, "Have you tried the new watermelon flavored... More »

Calvin and Hobbes Creator Makes Poster for Movie

Bill Watterson agrees to documentary maker's request

(Newser) - Calvin and Hobbes fans have a little something to celebrate: a rare, new drawing by Bill Watterson, creator of the retired but still beloved cartoon. Watterson agreed to make the poster for a new documentary about the cartoon industry called Stripped, reports the Washington Post . "It sounded like fun,... More »

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