Susie Cagle writes on editorial cartooning and comics journalism over at the Cartoon Movement blog.
People tend to think of all editorial cartoons as portraying representations of larger issues — symbolic, wordless, caricatures of national and international crises like the popular revolts in the Middle East, Planned Parenthood budget cuts and the Royal Wedding. I aim with my comics not to boil issues down to their essence, but to muckrake them up in all of their messy, complicated glory. I guess you would not call these traditional editorial cartoons, then, and I am fine with that. For many of these pieces, I actually talked to people for original reporting; I made phone calls, I got quotes. Sometimes I even left the house.