The role of political cartoons today

Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoon
This cartoon by Matt Wuerker, of Politico, provided by the Pulitzer Prize Board, was awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, announced in New York, Monday, April 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Politico, Matt Wuerker via Pulitzer Prize Board)
Matt Wuerker/AP via Pulitzer Prize Board

Before TV shows like Colbert Report and the Daily Show, political cartoons were known for playing the role of satirists and providing biting political commentary. Once viewed via fliers or a daily newspaper, cartoons are now accessed anywhere, anytime. With accessibility comes the ability for a cartoon to go viral or offend.

What are some of the current professional issues in the field? How do cartoonists come up with their concepts? And what role do these cartoons play in our political rhetoric today?

Signe Wilkinson, Philadelphia Daily News editorial cartoonist, will join The Daily Circuit Friday to discuss his work. Syndicated cartoonist Chip Bok will also join the discussion.

Do you have a favorite political cartoon? Post it on the blog.

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