Cox & Forkum

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Cox & Forkum
US-based Op/Ed cartoon on the controversy
A sample cartoon, entitled Image Problem
Author(s) John Cox and Allen Forkum
Website http://coxandforkum.com
End date September 30, 2007
Genre(s) Editorial cartoon

Cox & Forkum was an editorial cartoon drawn by John Cox and written by Allen Forkum. The comic exists primarily on the web (as a webcomic) but has also been published in newspapers, magazines, and four self-published compilations.

Cox and Forkum are self-proclaimed Objectivists, and this is generally the perspective from which the cartoons were created. Although their message often seemed to be generally neoconservative, the cartoons also criticized American conservatives on matters where Objectivists and conservatives traditionally disagree, such as on religion, abortion, immigration and government regulation of business.

In general, the comics were known for focusing heavily on the War on Terror, attacking Islamic fundamentalism and the religious right, defending Israel, and advocating war against countries such as Iran:

The Iranian theocracy is the world's biggest state sponsor of terrorism and a direct threat to America. We advocate regime change in Iran, specifically the establishment of a secular government that protects individual rights.[1]

The comics were published in blog format, alongside the occasional stand-alone "newsmaker caricature."

Cox and Forkum were featured in the Day by Day webcomic for December 10 and 11, 2005.

Cox and Forkum ceased creating new cartoons on September 30, 2007 because Forkum could "no longer afford to divert so much time and attention away from my publishing business and other personal concerns, such as my family."[2] They occasionally post new cartoons originally created for their other endeavors but which have a political bent, but to date (as of 2009) they have expressed no desire to start publishing purely political cartoons full-time again.

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