Searchable database of >120,000, reasonably high-resolution editorial cartooons.
Mainly from the UK, and from the last 100 years. Search by person depicted (e.g., Thatcher
, Thatcher and Gorbachev
); by year (e.g., Hitler and Stalin in 1941
), by design elements (e.g., cartoons referencing sculpture by Rodin
, or cartoons with zebras
), by topic (e.g., BSE
, Falklands War
), by artist (e.g., William Hogarth
, L.G. Illingworth
, Carl Giles
, Steve Bell
) or by publication outlet (e.g., Punch
, Evening Standard
(over 10,000 from Evening Standard alone). There is a handy searching wizard as well.
posted by Rumple
on May 13, 2006 -
Punch Cartoons Punch
set the standard for Victorian satirical cartooning. The Victorian Web
hosts a number of cartoons arranged according to topic
; see also Punch
on the British Empire
. Some students in Anthony Wohl's senior seminar at Vassar did a good job annotating
a number of images. You can find late Victorian cartoons, as well as cartoonists' biographies, here
. Of course, the current incarnation of Punch
has a few things to say about its own history.
posted by thomas j wise
on May 16, 2004 -
The Tragedy in Cartoons.
One of the more interesting effects of a national tragedy is that it always somehow causes the nation's editorial cartoonists to suffer massive, collective brain damage. Across the country, they rush to their easels and whip up cheesy, embarrassing caricatures of Uncle Sam crying. Or the Founding Fathers crying. Or - in this case - a comparison to Pearl Harbor. Or - if your local cartoonist is feeling particularly creative - the always crowd-pleasing weeping Statue of Liberty
. As Cagle notes, "Fully half the nation's cartoonists drew the same cartoon on the same day." Including Cagle himself. A tragedy in cartoons indeed. Some psychiatrist really ought to study this phenomenon.
posted by aaron
on Sep 14, 2001 -