Last week, I was fortunate to be invited to talk on the radio with the author Martha Frankel for her radio show, Woodstock Writer’s Radio. We had a lot of laughs, but we also talked about serious issues like freedom of speech, humor, Hillary, and Trevor Noah taking over the Daily Show. She wanted to know what I was reading and who decides what I draw each week. It was fun, and I plan to go back since she invited me!
“New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly talks about books that move her, and cartoons she’s glad she didn’t draw.”
This cartoon will be published, along with 10 other cartoons of mine, in the TV comedy writer Ali Adler’s new book, How to F*** A Woman, due out this spring! Had a lot of fun coming up with the cartoons for her hysterical words. Ali, a gay woman, gives honest, heart-felt advice to guys about our gender, and encouragement to women. It’s very funny and at its core has a really great message…. and made me blush many times.
I love drawing cartoons of all sorts: silly, wacky, mysterious, introspective, fun, cultural, political, single panel, multi-panel, titled, caption-less, captioned. There are so many ways to go. The New Yorker has published many of them for over 20 years, some of them political. I also draw a political cartoon for Medium.com every Monday. Most every week, I create one that is about women’s rights around the world. Below is part of this week’s cartoon, which I drew with International Women’s Day in mind. I think about that subject just about every week.
This image was inspired when I read about a rapist in India who said his victim deserved it. He is in jail, to be killed by the government. He was found guilty; but the culture is guilty for perpetuating these perceptions, and I don’t mean just Indian culture. Ours is guilty of fostering tragically wrongful perceptions of others, too. To see more of this cartoon, and my others, click here.
Why do I love drawing these awards shows? Perhaps because it helps pass the time because they are SO LONG. But I think its more about communicating with others. Seth Myers tweeted last night that it’s fun when we are all watching the same thing. It’s true! Agreed, many people (many many people) were not watching the Oscars last night. But lots were, and we love to share, I know I do.
One of the hightlights for me was when Patricia Arquette read her acceptance speech for best supporting actor, she mentioned it was time for women to finally receive equal rights in this country. She got a huge positive response from the audience, among them Meryl Streep who stood and clapped and gesticulated in a very enthusiastic manner.
There were a lot of exaggerated skirt dresses, many of them pink or peach in color.
But it was a typical Oscars, lacking in a certain element of playfulness, in my mind. Here are some of my other sketches.
New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof contacted me last week to ask if I would be interested in drawing a cartoon or illustration based on his column that appears today in the Times. Mr. Kristof said that The Times did not want art next to his column in the actual paper, but that he would use it within his newsletter that promotes his column and the work he does; and he would share it on social media. He said he was having trouble finding a photograph that expressed the points and wondered if a cartoon would work well. Not having read the column yet, excited to be asked (and I rarely can’t think of solutions to this problems), I said sure!
Mr. Kristof’s column this week is on Unconscious Bias, and in it, he does focus more on white men and their unconscious bias even though of course we all have it. I drew the above cartoon and it appears in his newsletter. Was honored to work with him and hope do so again!
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