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Rob Tornoe on the future of editorial cartooning
Nothing new is being said, but it’s good to see Editor & Publisher running an article by Rob Tornoe on the future of editorial cartooning.
In terms of fodder for their cartoons, Cagle suggests cartoonists look to magazines at the supermarket checkout aisle and outlets like “The Today Show” in addition to hard news and politics.
Two-time Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist Mike Luckovich agrees. “I want topics my readers are interested in and knowledgeable about,” says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution cartoonist, whose work is distributed by Creators Syndicate. “It’s important for me to find good topics that are front and center in political and pop culture.”
Luckovich also thinks that it’s easy for a cartoonist to come up with a hard-hitting idea. “The hard part is refining the idea so that it still has punch, but is also humorous,” he says. “I think humor is the most important ingredient.”