Cartooning And How It Affects Politics

Kal Kallaugher,  Art Soiree hosts "First-Term Retrospective", a collection of critically acclaimed editorial cartoons.  MalMaison, Georgetown.  Photo by Ben Droz.
Kal Kallaugher, Art Soiree hosts “First-Term Retrospective”, a collection of critically acclaimed editorial cartoons. MalMaison, Georgetown. Photo by Ben Droz.


Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher discusses the presidential primaries


Cartooning and politics is the topic of a “Meet the Author” event with Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, on Sunday, January 31, at 2 p.m. at the Bel Air Library.

KAL, the editorial cartoonist for The Baltimore Sun and The Economist magazine, will discuss the use of cartoons to influence the public, government and politics. His work for The Sun and The Economist has appeared in more than 100 publications worldwide. He is a past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and Cartoonists Rights Network International.

KAL has published four collections of his Sun cartoons: KALtoons (1992), KAL Draws a Crowd (1996), KAL Draws the Line (2000) and KAL Draws Criticism (2006). In 2013 he published a major retrospective collection of his Economist drawings in Daggers Drawn: 35 Years of KAL Cartoons in The Economist. Daggers Drawn will be available for purchase ($35) and signing at the event.

He has won numerous awards for his work including the 2014 Grand Prix for Cartoon of the Year in Europe presented by Press Cartoon Europe; 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2014 Thomas Nast Award presented by the Overseas Press Club of America.; 2005 Nast Prize presented by The town of Landau, Germany; 2004 “Gillray Goblet” for Cartoon of the Year presented by the Political Cartoon Society of Great Britain; and the 2002 Berryman Award presented by the National Press Foundation.

The January 31 “Meet the Author” event, supported by the Harford County Cultural Arts Board, is part of Peanuts…Naturally, an exhibition of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts’ comic strips, videos, objects and interactive stations on display at the Bel Air and Abingdon libraries January 29-April 24.

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