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Writers aren’t the only people worried about the decline in newspaper readership. Editorial cartoonists are also learning to adapt to the multimedia environment. Oregon will be flush with cartoonists this week as the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists holds its annual convention in Portland. Among other things, cartoonists will be discussing web distribution and pushing political boundaries in their work.

The oil spill in the Gulf has provided major material for cartoonists lately. Here are links to recent oil spill cartoons by each of our guests, Jack Ohman, Matt Bors, and Steve Kelley. We’ll talk about their different takes on the show.

And we’ll talk about whether cartooning is a dangerous occupation. Beyond the daily editorial world, South Park creators recently raised the ire of Muslims for their portrayal of religious figures in the popular animated show. And Christians have organized boycotts of Comedy Central because of the way a new animated series will depict Jesus. (Buddhists, it seems, were not as outraged by an animated version of their religion’s founder snorting coke in a recent South Park episode.)

A cartoonist in Seattle apologized in May for her cartoon in which she made a satirical suggestion to institute an “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.” The idea went viral on YouTube and Facebook, prompting Pakistan to block both sites.

Do you read editorial cartoons? What makes you cut one out and hang it on your fridge? Do you stick with what’s printed in your local paper or do you read additional comics on the web? Have you ever been offended by a cartoon? What did you do about it?


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