Cartoonists I Admire – Clay Bennett

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One of the things I love most about Clay Bennett is how deceptively simple his cartoons are. I think another editorial cartoonist would have beaten you over the head with gaudy art and lazy labels, but Bennett is beautifully, quietly devastating, and you just have to admire that.

Via Time.

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Online Cartoon Auction to benefit ‘Cartoons for the Classroom’

Got a note from Clay Bennett, one of my favorite editorial cartoonists, the other day.

Check this out:

From May 10-20, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) will be holding an online auction of cartoons by some of America’s premier political cartoonists. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the ‘Cartoons for the
Classroom’ program.

Currently used by thousands of educators worldwide, ‘Cartoons for the Classroom’ provides a biweekly lesson plan that employs editorial cartoons as a tool for instruction in history, civics, current events, and critical thinking. Offered at no cost, the program has proved to be an entertaining and valuable resource to students of all ages and teachers in a variety of subjects. The success of ‘Cartoons for the Classroom’ is a testament to both the versatility of the program and the enduring popularity of editorial cartoons.

The AAEC hopes to keep this program available for some time to come. With that goal in mind, the association is raising operating funds by auctioning off cartoons from 30 of America’s most acclaimed editorial cartoonists (16 Pulitzer Prize winners included). The bidding won’t begin until Thursday, May 10, but the cartoons are available for a sneak preview at Some of the items being auctioned are original drawings, others are signed prints, but every single cartoon in the collection is the creation of one of finest political cartoonists working today.

The list of participants reads like a who’s who in editorial cartooning: Nick Anderson, Tony Auth, Rex Babin, Clay Bennett, Steve Breen, Jeff Danziger, Matt Davies, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Kevin Kallaugher, Mike Keefe, Steve Kelley, Dick Locher, Mike Luckovich, Jimmy Margulies, Jim Morin, Jack Ohman, Joel Pett, Bruce Plante, Ted Rall, Michael Ramirez, Rob Rogers, Steve Sack, Ben Sargent, John Sherffius, Ed Stein, Ann Telnaes, Mike Thompson, Tom Toles, and Signe Wilkinson.

The gavel will bring this auction to a close at 7:00 PM, Sunday, May 20, so don’t miss your chance to bid on your favorite cartoon. Not only will you be supporting a terrific program, but you’ll also be collecting a unique example of editorial cartooning at its very best.

There’s a ton of cool stuff, and my wife is a educator, so this is a win/win/win/win! (I don’t know about the last two ‘wins,’ but let’s just agree that I’m excited.)

I’m going to bid as we speak… You go too!

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Clay Bennett Profile

One of my fave editorial cartoonists, The Christian Science Monitor’s Clay Bennett, has a nice profile here, even if it is filed under “Kidspace.”

I think he’s got a great, somewhat more gentle, take on the normal topics, and his art is refreshingly different from the standard homogenized style; a nice blend of hand drawn and Photoshopped.

I dug the comparison of sketch and final art:


Honestly, you could almost publish the sketch if you added some text.

Anyway, check it out…

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