Canadian & US cartoonists on The Zoomer

Last May I headed off to Toronto to attend the Association of Canadian Cartoonists convention and spend time with some of my favorite colleagues and friends.  While there a small group of us appeared on The Zoomer to talk shop and show our work.  Conrad Black (yes, that Conrad Black) is a regular participate on the network and also a frequent target of my Canadian colleagues over the years, as you’ll hear about in the interview.  Terry Mosher (aka Aislin), a longtime friend,  from the Montreal Gazette gives some great insights and of course wonderful quips.  Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 8.00.32 AM

Texas governor Perry attacks Ohman cartoon

Last week the Sacramento Bee published this Jack Ohman cartoon:

Screen shot 2013-04-29 at 1.20.05 PMGovernor Rick Perry, who obviously doesn’t understand the point of the cartoon, felt the need to write to the newspaper and demand an apology.  Jack eloquently responded to the governor’s letter here.

Texas Lt. Governor Dewhurst  added his thoughts on twitter:Screen shot 2013-04-29 at 11.36.08 AMA couple of colorful tweets from readers who don’t care for the cartoon:

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Jack’s a big boy.  He can handle criticism; it comes with the job.  The sentiments above are not the problem.  However, he has been receiving threats -which is not ok.  I don’t care what people think the cartoon says or doesn’t say, everyone has the right to express an opinion without fearing for one’s life, editorial cartoonists included.  If you’re angry or offended by a cartoon, you have every right to criticize it- write a letter to the editor, tweet your outrage, draw your own cartoon.  What you don’t have the right to do is threaten or intimidate people for what they say or draw.

For those people people who are still confused  I suggest taking a look at our First Amendment (it’s right before that Second one).