Drawing Back: Cartoon Critiques of America

Patrick Corrigan, Bush’s Second Term, October 30, 2004 

Newspaper cartoons are daily signatures (and lightning rods) of visual protest against political injustice. At a time when American foreign and domestic policies have been drawing scathing criticism from around the world, editorial cartoonists have been leading the charge, using graphic satire to expose, ridicule and attack the world’s most powerful nation and its leaders. The international collection assembles recent work by more than 35 cartoonists from 25 countries on such subjects as American elections, George Bush, Iraq, California politics and Hurricane Katrina.

Drawing Back includes the work of Brian Adcock, Ross Bateup, Joep Bertrams, Thomas Boldt, Tayo Fatunla, Brian Gable, Ares, Rainer Hachfeld, Emad Hajjaj, Riber Hansson, Tom Janssen, Michel Kichka, Christo Komarnitski, Peter Lewis, Gado, Alan Moir, Pedro Molina, Kashav, Bas van der Schot, Zapiro, Osmani Simanca, Heng Kim Song, and Martyn Turner.

The exhibition ran from June 9, 2006 to September 30, 2006.

To learn more about cartoons and their role in politics, check out the links below.


Daryl Cagle’s Professional Cartoonists Index

America in Caricature (a site of the University of Indiana’s Lilly Library Cartoon Collection)

Welcome to 1896: A Website of Political Cartoons

Pioneering Cartoonists of Color

The Development of Caricature

World Press Cartoon

WittyWorld International Cartoon Center

A List of All Pulitzer Prize-winning Editorial Cartoonists

Political Cartoons and Cartoonists

Resist: Illustrating the Labor Movement


The Political Dr. Suess

Graphic Witness. Sue Coe


National Cartoonists’ Society

Political Cartoon Society, UK

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists

Cartoonist Rights Network International

Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists


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