Thomas Nast

A Caricamural View of the American Civil War

In 1867 Thomas Nast, America’s foremost caricaturist and satiric graphic commentator, stepped away from the pen and ink, wood and metal engraved work he was known for to do a series of 33 painted panels known as Th. Nast’s Grand Caricaturama. With the ability to move, these murals became a staged traveling history show...

Susie Cagle on Occupy Protests, Opinion Reporting, and the Death of Editorial Cartooning

Susie Cagle’s dad, Daryl, is the go-to guy for newspaper editorial cartoons: he runs the Political Cartoonists Index¬†and creates single-panel cartoons for MSNBC.com. But as Susie sees it, that one-image format is just about dead. Doing her own thing with the illustration medium, Susie is a “graphic journalist.” “Drawing the news” is far from...

Editorial Cartoonist Thomas Nast: Anti-Irish, Anti-Catholic Bigot?

Biased. Disrespectful. Offensive. All sterling job qualifications for any good editorial cartoonist. But “racist”? Woah! Thomas Nast was the granddaddy of the American political cartoon. And having lived in New Jersey, he’s been nominated for induction into the state’s 2012 Hall of Fame. But last month, legislators of both political parties fought to take...