School Discussion: Political Comics

Jeff Danzinger and David Macaulay came to gather all the students in a group discussion of what journalism is in comics.

Whole class notes during a serious discussion

Whole-class notes during a serious discussion

Jeff Danzinger has won the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. His most recent book, The Conscience of a Cartoonist, is a collection of his political cartoons following the 9/11 attack, using satire to scold and guide.

A visitor explains his take.

Jeff Danzinger explains his take.

David Macaulay is an illustrator and writer, often explaining architecture, design, and engineering. In 1991, he won the Caldecott Medal for Black and White (1990), four separate stories told at the same time across spreads; and in 2006, he received the MacArthur Fellows Program award.

Sandra Bartholomew ('17) and Michelle Ollie listen to a visitor

Sandra Bartholomew (’17) and Michelle Ollie listen to David Macauly

They discussed how it’s important to not be partisan, what makes a political cartoon work or not, how simplicity is the key. Sometimes you can convey a location or part of the world with just a store front or a specific building. The students were encouraged to get involved with their questions and opinions, leading to a lively discussion.

Moss Bastille busy taking notes

Moss Bastille (’17) busy taking notes

Sandra Bartholomew's mad note-taking skillz

Sandra Bartholomew’s mad note-taking skillz

Discussion doesn't stop just because class does. Sophie Yanow, Darryl and Mary continue the conversation.

Discussion doesn’t stop just because class does. Sophie Yanow, Darryl and Mary continue the conversation.

Liniers, James Sturm, and Sophie Yanow eagerly listening.

Liniers, James Sturm, and Sophie Yanow eagerly listening.

Caleb Brown taking notes for everyone.

Caleb Brown taking notes for everyone.

Photos courtesy Abe Olson.

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About Angela Boyle

Angela is an alum at the Center for Cartoon Studies (class of 2016), and a natural science illustrator. She hails from Washington state and has 2 corgis, Nisa and Ernie. View her work at angelaboyle.flyingdodostudio.com.
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