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Exploring the Hidden Racist Past of the Looney Toons

I have an uncomfortable confession to make: I have never liked the Looney Tunes. Despite the cultural pervasiveness of these characters, and a lifelong love of animation on my part, they’ve always struck me as annoying, repetitive, and boring [...]

By Matt Crowley

Puck Magazine and the Birth of Modern Political Cartooning

In the late 19th Century, long before Mad Magazine and the Daily Show, there was Puck. The magazine helped to change the very nature of political cartooning, was at the forefront of printing technology and agitating for progressive causes [...]

By Alex Dueben

The ‘Gas Leak Year’ of ‘The Boondocks’

For its first three seasons, The Boondocks, which followed inner-city siblings Huey and Riley Freeman's adjustment to life in the predominantly white Illinois suburb of Woodcrest, was a genuinely funny and remarkable achievement on TV. It was [...]

By Jimmy J Aquino

The Gross Mess That Was the ‘Garbage Pail Kids’ Cartoon

Sometimes TV shows drag their unfunny, uninteresting, yet highly rated feet across our living rooms for years. “Who let this happen?” we cry in vain. Other times, the powers that be get things right. That’s where “Brilliantly Canceled” comes [...]

By Matt Schimkowitz

Nick Weidenfield is Bringing Crazy, Weird, Unironic Animation to Fox

After spending seven years heading up development over at Adult Swim, Nick Weidenfield is in the process of creating a very similar late-night animated block over at Fox called ADHD (Animation Domination High-Def). He explained to Fast Company [...]

By Jesse David Fox

Watch a New Yorker Cartoonist Doodle and Chat at the Same Time

Here's a video interview with New Yorker cartoonist Matt Diffee, in which he discusses the business of "drawing funny" and also doodles a macrocephalic flying unicorn. It's a good shock to the system for those of us who are used to thinking [...]

By Hallie Cantor