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Cartoonist at Center of Post Hubbub: 'I Want an Open Debate'

Michael Ramirez says yanked cartoon wasn't racist but a specific depiction of a senior Hamas rep

(Newser) - The Washington Post may have belatedly not approved of his Hamas-themed editorial cartoon, but Michael Ramirez is now making the rounds to defend his work. The political cartoonist sat down with both CNN and Fox Digital to further explain the cartoon behind the commotion, which depicted a Hamas leader with...

WaPo Scrubs Cartoon 'in Poor Taste' From Site

Critics say editorial panel depicting Hamas leader wearing children as human shields was racist

(Newser) - An editorial cartoon in the Washington Post touching on the Israel-Hamas war has been scrubbed from the newspaper's website after reader backlash accused it of being racist and dehumanizing to Palestinians. That's per the Post itself, which reports that the cartoon by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Ramirez was...

There's a Hidden Meaning to This Record-Breaking Cartoon
Comic That Captured 'Spirit
of the Internet' Sells for $175K
in case you missed it

Comic That Captured 'Spirit of the Internet' Sells for $175K

Peter Steiner's 1993 'New Yorker' comic, sold for $175K, speaks to internet culture and imposter syndrome, too

(Newser) - In addition to being the most reprinted New Yorker cartoon in history, a black-and-white doodle showing a dog using the internet is now the most expensive single-panel cartoon ever sold at auction. Peter Steiner's 1993 cartoon featuring the line "On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog,...

Scott Adams to Launch Dilbert Reborn

And there are hints the main character in the comic strip may be 'angrier'

(Newser) - A new comic strip is dropping Monday, though it's not so much new as it is "reborn." In fact, the cartoon will be called Dilbert Reborn—created by embattled cartoonist Scott Adams, who saw his original Dilbert strip dropped by newspapers across the US, as well as...

Sandy Hook Families: Gunmaker Sent Us 18K Cartoons

Motion tied to suit alleges Remington handed over tens of thousands of 'random' files to stall

(Newser) - A gunmaker sued in 2014 by nine Sandy Hook families has spent seven years pulling together tens of thousands of documents for discovery proceedings, claiming it was using "extensive resources" to do so. Now, in a complaint filed last week in Connecticut Superior Court, lawyers for those families allege...

Comic Strip Characters Ditching Their Pants on Friday

Comic strip artists to celebrate No Pants Day in a way that helps charities

(Newser) - Fans of newspaper comics will instantly notice something missing in many of the strips this Friday—pants. More than 25 cartoonists behind strips from "Blondie" to "Zippy the Pinhead" are celebrating the quirky holiday No Pants Day in a way that helps charities get clothing to those in...

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy for Ren & Stimpy Fans

New episodes are coming to Comedy Central

(Newser) - Get ready for another reboot: Comedy Central is reimagining the Emmy-nominated animated series Ren & Stimpy, a cult favorite that aired for five seasons on Nickelodeon in the 1990s. The show featured a psychotic Chihuahua named Ren and his not-too-bright feline friend, Stimpy, who got in all sorts of trouble—...

25 Years Later, Famous Cartoon Is Back—With a Twist

Gary Larson debuts new 'Far Side' panels, this time drawn on a digital tablet

(Newser) - Late last year, Gary Larson suggested we'd soon be seeing some new samples of his famous comic strip, "The Far Side." That day came this week, a quarter century after Larson officially retired the quirky cartoon, the New York Times reports. On website, fans are...

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...

Iconic Comic Is Now Online. And There's More to Come

'The Far Side' website aims to cut down on copyright infringement

(Newser) - New comics from The Far Side creator Gary Larson are indeed coming. The Far Side's official website , which previously teased a return of the single-panel comic retired in 1995, was updated Tuesday and again Wednesday to show a selection of past comics. According to a letter from Larson and...

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...

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'...

The Simpsons Have Officially Been on TV for 30 Years

The first short aired on April 19, 1987 on 'The Tracey Ullman Show'

(Newser) - The Simpson family first appeared on television 30 years ago today—April 19, 1987—in a short on The Tracey Ullman Show called "Good Night," EW reports. Three decades later, The Simpsons is in its 28th season, has aired more than 600 episodes, and is the longest-running scripted...

Voice of Judy Jetson Dies at Age 96
Voice of Judy Jetson
Dies at Age 96

Voice of Judy Jetson Dies at Age 96

Janet Waldo was also the pipes behind Josie in 'Josie and the Pussycats'

(Newser) - You won't hear Elroy's big sister laughing in the halls of Orbit High anymore. Janet Waldo, who voiced futuristic teenager Judy Jetson on the cartoon series The Jetsons, has died at the age of 96, ABC News reports. Waldo's daughter confirmed she passed away Sunday morning and...

Egyptian Official Blames Spread of Violence on Tom and Jerry

Kids think it's normal to 'beat and blow up with explosives'

(Newser) - An Egyptian government official has blamed the animated Tom and Jerry series for allegedly spreading a culture of violence, the AP reports. The accusations by Salah Abdel-Sadek, head of State Information Service, which is affiliated with the presidency, came at a forum held in Cairo this week. Abdel-Sadek told academics,...

New York Times Editor Calls Critic 'A--hole' on Facebook

Over decision not to run Hebdo cartoons

(Newser) - As editor of the New York Times, Dean Baquet surely takes a lot of grief from a lot of people, but this one clearly struck a nerve. As noted by , it began when a journalism professor at USC Annenberg blasted the newspaper's decision not to run cartoons...

Iranian Cartoonist Draws Politician, Gets 25 Lashes

Mahmoud Shokraiyeh will be whipped for poking fun at legislator

(Newser) - An Iranian cartoonist has been sentenced to 25 lashings for drawing a member of parliament wearing a soccer jersey, reports MSNBC's Cartoon Blog . Mahmoud Shokraiyeh illustrated a caricature of the politician as part of a news story involving the relocation of a soccer team to a different city. It...

Lost Disney Rabbit Back After 80 Years

Oswald to appear in Epic Mickey video game

(Newser) - For eight decades, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit hasn't been so lucky: The early Disney character has long been relegated to cartoon history. Now, he's finally making a return appearance, starring alongside his world-famous big-eared buddy Mickey in a video game, reports Wired . Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of ...

Cartoon on the Box? Your Kid Will Like the Cereal
Cartoon on the Box? Your
Kid Will Like the Cereal
study says

Cartoon on the Box? Your Kid Will Like the Cereal

Children preferred the taste when there was a penguin on the package

(Newser) - Want to get your kids eating brussels sprouts? Try putting them in a box with a cartoon character on the front. A new study found that children thought cereal tasted better when it came out of a box with penguins from Happy Feet on the front, USA Today reports. The...

NSA: Hey Kids! Spy on Your Family!

Agency's CryptoKids cartoons touts fun projects like computer surveillance

(Newser) - New CryptoKids cartoons created by the National Security Agency urge wanna-be baby spies to make and break codes, pick up languages for easy eavesdropping, and oh, hey, monitor family computers so they know exactly what everyone in the house is doing. The character Decipher Dog discusses his "favorite project"...

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