Unit 3.14 Editorial Cartoons

Unit 3.14 Editorial Cartoons
By Katrina Hickey
Bell Work
Describe the differences
between an editorial
cartoon and a comic
strip.(pics are examples)
-an editorial cartoon is defined as an
illustration which contains political or social
messages that usually relate to current events
or personalities. Specific devices are used to
get a message across.
-a comic strip is a sequence of drawing in boxes
that tell an amusing story, typically printed in a
newspaper or comic book. They relate to a comic
incident, an adventure or mystery story, etc.
They are serialized, meaning they have a dialog
printed in balloons and are usually presented in a
horizontal strip in newspapers or in comic books
broadsheets: early newspapers, also called broadsides, first
used for issuing royal proclamations. They later evolved into
the newspaper format with which we are familiar today
1. Must be simple 2. People must understand it
3. Must be timely
4. Must evoke emotion
5. Must give point of view
Tammany Hall
William Tweed:
Stole millions
from tax payers
Thomas Nast
and Clement
Moore drew
the first
Santa Claus
A good editorial cartoon must have five basic features.
It must be simple…
People must understand it.
The cartoon must be timely…
It must evoke emotion..
Always, the cartoon must give a point of view.
President Johnson
What is satire?
What is caricature?
Satire is a manner of writing that mixes
a critical attitude with wit and humor
in an effort to improve humankind and
human institutions. Editorial cartoons
are often rather satirical. You will learn
more about satire in the second half of
this unit.
Caricature …. a picture, description,
or imitation of a person or thing in
which certain striking characteristics
are exaggerated in order to create a
comic or grotesque effect
4. Students will create their own editorial cartoons
Choose from one of the following categories:
steroids in sports,
assisted suicide,
same-sex marriage,
graffiti is art,
uniforms in school,
the Hawaiian kingdom,
federally mandated vaccines,
animal testing,
Women’s rights
Teen pregnancy
Choose one of your ideas and describe
a point that you might want to make
about that event. Perhaps you agree
and want to show your support or
perhaps you would like to ridicule
those who might feel differently.
What symbols, sayings, pop culture
allusions, or other easily recognizable
references might be appropriate for
this topic?
Sketch a very rough draft of what your
cartoon might look like.
What tools does the editorial cartoonist use to
communicate ideas and opinions with readers?
Caricatures are drawings of public figures in which certain
physical features are exaggerated. Caricatures of Richard M. Nixon
often show him as needing to shave.
Stereotypes are formulaic images used to represent particular
groups. A stereotypical cartoon mother might have messy hair,
wear an apron, and hold a screaming baby in her arms.
Symbols are pictures that represent something else by tradition. A
dove is a symbol for peace.
Analogies are comparisons that suggest that one thing is similar
to something else. The title of a popular song or film might be used
by a cartoonist to comment on a current political event.
Humor is the power to evoke laughter or to express what is
amusing, comical or absurd.