Politics, Ink: How Cartoonists Skewer America's Politicians, from King George III to George Dubya (Paperback)Edward J. Lordan (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 404 g
Dimensions: 177 x 233 x 14 mm
Politics, Ink offers a smart, lively, and informative survey of political cartooning, from the eighteenth century to the present day. Edward Lordan uses a diverse mix of sources and interviews to help capture the art, craft, and economics of editorial cartooning. His book also features an abundance of well-chosen illustrations and cartoons that usefully supplement the text. This book should appeal both to general readers as well as specialists in comics, popular culture, and mass communication. -- Kent Worcester, Marymount Manhattan College; coeditor, Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium
Picture yourself as a ruler of a kingdom. There's this strange employee who wears a funny little hat that you keep around the castle to entertain your guests. He or she is gifted in the entertainment area but sometimes grows too intense and tiresome-yet you keep him around because every once in a while he comes up with an idea that makes you see things in a different light. In the olden days these people were called 'court jesters.' Today they they don't wear the funny hats and are called 'editorial cartoonists.' This book is about some of the best in the business. Enjoy. -- Chuck Asay, editorial cartoonist, Gazette in Colorado Springs; syndicated with Creator's Syndicate, Inc.
Edward Lordan has crafted an engaging, insightful, and comprehensive exploration of the history of American editorial cartooning. His book celebrates the importance of editorial cartooning to the history of our nation. It should be required reading for today's newspaper publishers. As a matter of fact, buy a copy for your local newspaper publisher and put it on their doorstep today. -- Bruce Plante, editorial cartoonist, Chattanooga Times Free Press; past president, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Edward Lordan's book is a treat for anyone interested in American editorial cartooning. Not only does it provide a concise history of this unruly profession from Ben Franklin's severed snake to the rise of animated satire on the internet, with particular emphasis on the works that have sparked the greatest controversies-it does so while quoting as generously from the artists' words as it does from their drawings. Any politician, publisher, editor, or outraged reader who genuinely wonders what goes on in the minds of those strange beasts called editorial cartoonists can pick up some thought-provoking clues from Politics, Ink. -- V. Cullum Rogers, editorial cartoonist, Independent Weekly in Durham, North Carolina; secretary-treasurer, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
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