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Editorial Cartooning - The Art of Politics with Michael Osbun

This guide supports the ACRL Law & Political Science Program (LPSS) Program at ALA Annual Convention in Orlando, June 2016.

Academic Treatment of Cartoons


The cartoons that shook the world. Klausen, Jytte. (2009). New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, 2009. 
Summary: Chapters discuss the editors and the cartoonists.  Then chronicles the Muslims' "day of rage" diplomatic protest against the cartoons.

Drawn to Extremes : the Use and Abuse of Editorial Cartoons. Lamb, C. New York: Columbia University Press. 2004.
"In 2006, a cartoon in a Danish newspaper depicted the Prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb in his turban. The cartoon created an international incident, with offended Muslims attacking Danish embassies and threatening the life of the cartoonist. Editorial cartoons have been called the most extreme form of criticism society will allow, but not all cartoons are tolerated. Unrestricted by journalistic standards of objectivity, editorial cartoonists wield ire and irony to reveal the naked truths about presidents, celebrities, business leaders, and other public figures. Indeed, since the founding of the republic, cartoonists have made important contributions to and offered critical commentary on our society. Today, however, many syndicated cartoons are relatively generic and gag-related, reflecting a weakening of the newspaper industry's traditional watchdog function. Chris Lamb offers a richly illustrated and engaging history of a still vibrant medium that "forces us to take a look at ourselves for what we are and not what we want to be." The 150 drawings in Drawn to Extremes have left readers howling-sometimes in laughter, but often in protest". [publisher description]

Editorial cartooning and caricature : a reference guideSomers. P. Jr Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998

The political cartoon. Press, Charles.Rutherford, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.,1981.
Summary: History of political cartoons.

There you go again: Editorial cartoons of the Reagan years. Fisher, G. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 1987.


Abraham, Abu. "Anatomy of the Political Cartoon." India International Centre Quarterly 2.4 (2013): 273-79. Print.Muse article

Mattos, Abel. "Utilizing the Political Cartoon in the Classroom." The History Teacher 5.2: 20-27 (1972). Print.

Talalay, Lauren E. "Drawing Conclusions: Greek Antiquity, the €Conomic Crisis, and Political Cartoons." Journal of Modern Greek Studies 31.2 (2013): 249-76. Print. Muse Article