cartoons en Is it the end of the road for newspaper cartoons and comic strips? <p>There are many reasons to lament the slow disappearance of newspapers. But here’s one you may not have considered: the loss of cartoons and comic strips.</p><p>You might be startled that an old political and news analyst would say that. But in fact, comics, both overtly political and not so, have always been great political and social barometers. Back in the late 19th century, Boss Tweed, the corrupt New York City political boss, was largely done in by Thomas Nast’s cartoons.</p><p>Before he was carted off to jail, Tweed complained bitterly. He didn’t care what the reporters wrote. After all, many of his supporters didn’t read. But Tweed said “them damned pictures are killing me!”&nbsp; Thanks to Nast, he died in jail.</p><p>Nationally syndicated political cartoons aren’t as big as they were when Feiffer and Herblock reigned supreme. In modern times, the national mood seems to be captured more often in comic strips. Doonesbury was the must-read of the 1970s; Bloom County captured the 1980s.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16701 at Is it the end of the road for newspaper cartoons and comic strips? Comic drawing workshop for kids <p>Cartoonist <a href="">Jerzy Drozd</a> has picked twenty-one rural and urban towns in Michigan where he knows people are having a tough time making ends meet. Drozd has been visiting those towns and offering <a href="">comic-drawing workshops,</a> free of charge, to the kids in those areas. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 21:14:50 +0000 Kyle Norris 3222 at Comic drawing workshop for kids Cartoon from The New Yorker hits close to home <p>If you're a habitual reader of <a href="">The New Yorker</a> magazine or you just browse the latest issue's cartoons then you may have noticed a recent cartoon that made you think of home... home that is, if you live in the Ann Arbor or metro-Detroit areas.</p><p>As <a href=""></a> puts it:</p><blockquote><p>Without spoiling the joke, we'll just say the cartoon —&nbsp;by Ann Arbor's <strong><a href="">Dave Coverly</a></strong> — makes reference to shopping malls — and specifically, several we're very familiar with, including <a href="">Briarwood Mall</a>, <a href="">Westgate Plaza</a> and <a href=";rls=en-us&amp;q=jackson+plaza+ann+arbor&amp;oe=UTF-8&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=Jackson+Plaza,+Ann+Arbor,+MI+48103&amp;gl=us&amp;ei=ZlD5TJKZKMKVnAew1JCICQ&amp;sa=X&amp;oi=geocode_result&amp;ct=title&amp;resnum=1&amp;ved=0CBMQ8gEwAA">Jackson Plaza</a>. Troy's Somerset Mall and Oakland Mall also get a shout-out.</p></blockquote><p>You can see the cartoon at The New Yorker's <a href="">website</a>. Mon, 06 Dec 2010 16:32:11 +0000 Zoe Clark 473 at Cartoon from The New Yorker hits close to home