Daryl Cagle

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Daryl Cagle
Born (1956-06-21) 21 June 1956 (age 59)
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist, blogger, satirist
Notable works
The Muppets

Daryl Cagle (born 1956) is an American editorial cartoonist, the publisher of Cagle.com and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc., a newspaper syndicate.

Cagle worked with The Muppets from 1979 through 1993. He drew a daily editorial cartoon panel titled, "TRUE!" for Tribune Media Services in 1995 and went on to draw local editorial cartoons for Hawaii's Midweek newspaper. He moved to drawing daily cartoons for Gannett's Honolulu Advertiser newspaper, he became the cartoonist for Slate.com in 2000; in 2005 Cagle moved from Slate.com to become the cartoonist for msnbc.com.

Cagle is an occasional syndicated columnist and speaker; he is a past president of the National Cartoonists Society and the National Cartoonists Society Foundation.[citation needed]

In 2001, Cagle started Cagle Cartoons, Inc, a political cartoon and column syndicate which distributes the work of newspaper editorial cartoonists and columnists from around the world to approximately 850 subscribing newspapers. Cagle Cartoons is a "package service" where subscribing publications receive all of the content and can reprint whatever they choose.[citation needed]

Personal Life[edit]

He is happily married to his wife, Peg, and has two children, Susie and Michael (called "Mac") Cagle.[1]


Mexican Flag Cartoon[edit]

Daryl Cagle's controversial Mexican flag cartoon

In September 2010, Cagle's cartoon showing the eagle in the Mexican flag dead in a pool of blood drew criticism after running on the front pages of many Mexican newspapers. The cartoon depicts the green, white, and red Mexican flag with a bullet-riddled eagle sprawled in the center of the emblem. Mexico's coat of arms includes the eagle perched on a prickly pear cactus, devouring a snake.[2][3]

Many outraged Mexican readers pointed out that it is against the law in Mexico to alter the image of the flag – a law that didn’t deter Mexican newspapers from printing the cartoon. Ricardo Alday, a spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in Washington, said that "as any democratic society, Mexico respects and defends freedom of speech and freedom of expression, in any way it's manifested. Regarding the case of Mr. Cagle's cartoon, we differ on the use he makes of the Mexican flag and the message it conveys."

"It is the role of editorial cartoonists to criticize governments and nations, and to use the symbols of nations in our cartoons," Cagle wrote in response to the outrage. "Cartoonists all around the world use flags in their cartoons and no country can opt out of criticism because they view their own flag as "sacred". This attitude outrages my Mexican critics, especially since it comes from an ugly, foreign, American cartoonist."[4]

Trips Abroad[edit]


In June of 2015, Cagle traveled to Kiev, Ukraine to attend the opening of an International Exhibition of Political Cartoons, where he delivered three lectures on cartoon art and gave a professional workshop.[5]

Cagle said students took objection to his representation of Ukraine as an overweight blond. "'She should have black hair,' I’m told, and she should not be fat. 'We are not fat. Americans are fat,' I’m told, at each lecture."[6]

Students also asked why Cagle never includes Ukraine’s colorful leaders in his cartoons. "I have to explain that American readers won’t know who they are without an explanation. I tell them that Americans only pay attention to Ukraine when there is a revolution, when Putin invades, or when an airplane crashes here, and they all nod in agreement."[7]


In October 2014, Cagle returned to Saint-Just-le-Martel to attend the 33rd annual “Salon de St. Just” festival. In 2013, Cagle won the grand prize cow at the festival, requiring him to draw the poster for 2014’s festival. Cagle choose to draw the cow dressed as Marie Antoinette, in part to make “a very elaborate costume that will be a unique challenge for a St. Just volunteer to create for the cow statue.”[8]

Cagle traveled with fellow American cartoonists Adam Zyglis, Nate Beeler, Steve Sack, Monte Wolverton and Rick McKee. [9]


Cagle traveled to Guiyang in November 2013 to attend the AYAAC cartooning festival. According to Cagle, the Chinese government has decided to give a large amount of support to animators and illustrators, even as they overlook political cartoonist and place bans on drawing public officials).

“At one point in my speech, when I was showing a bunch of Obama bashing cartoons, I mentioned that I don’t like Obama, and the crowd erupted in cheers and applause,” Cagle wrote. “For the rest of the speech they sat stony-faced, staring at me with no expression.” [10]


In June 2013 Cagle made his way to Tbilisi to give a lecture to journalism students, along with Slovakian cartoonist Martyn Sutovec (Shooty) at Tblisi State University. According to Cagle, there isn’t much of a tradition of editorial cartooning in Georgia, but the food and culture were a welcome surprise.

“The architecture is crazy, with ancient churches next to modern stuff that looks like it was designed for Futurama,” Cagle wrote. “It's a shame that so few Americans can find the Republic of Georgia on a map.” [11]


In October 2013, Cagle traveled to Saint-Just-le-Martel to attend the 32nd annual “Salon de St. Just” festival. In the small town near Limoges, residents open their doors to cartoonists and party in a cartoon museum they built in the middle of cow country for two weeks.

Cagle was awarded the festival’s top prize, the “Prix de l’humor Vache,” which obligated him to draw the poster for the 2014 festival. [12]

John Kudryavtsev and Daryl Cagle at the opening of "Reflections of Life: Cartoons for Adults…" at “Arka” Gallery in Vladivostok, Russia.


As part of a tour organized by the U.S. State Department, Cagle traveled through India in September 2012, speaking to students, artists and journalists about the changing trends in news cartooning.

During a discussion in New Delhi, Cagle surprised Indian cartoonists with how little American cartoonists are paid. “Editors are cheap. They subscribe to syndication for $15 a week,” Cagle said. “It works out to a dime per cartoon.” [13]


In December 2010, Cagle visited Vladivostok on behalf of the U.S. State Department where he participated in a joint exhibition with Russian political cartoonist John Kudryavtsev. Kudryavtsev drew harsh cartoons reflecting the American-Russian relations during the Cold War of the 1980s, and said during the exhibition's reception, "I hope the Pentagon has forgiven me." [14]


In February 2010, Cagle traveled to Colombia on behalf of the U.S. State Department to attend an editorial cartoonists conference in Bogota as the conference's only American cartoonist.[15] Cartoonists enjoy freedom of the press, and according to Cagle "their lack of respect for their president speaks well of healthy press freedoms in Colombia." Many of the Colombian cartoonists have eccentric one-word pen names such as Mico (monkey), ChÃ-colo (corn-on-the-cob), Matador (killer) and Bacteria.


In October 2009, Cagle was invited to Algiers to take part in the city's second annual comics festival. According to Cagle, Algerians like a strange mix of Arabic manga and euro-styled storytelling comics, and political cartoonist there struggle under pressure from the government. At the time, Algerian cartoonist Ali Dilem, who now lives outside of the country, faced 25 lawsuits from government officials he has insulted in his cartoons, and the threat of civil suits keeps some cartoonists from criticizing the government.[16]


In June 2008, Cagle traveled to China where he spoke to college audiences about American political cartoons. "Chinese cartoonists almost never draw their leaders, and my Bush-bashing cartoons seemed very foreign to Chinese audiences," Cagle wrote, adding that the audiences he came across seemed genuinely concerned for his safety due to his cartoons about top American politicians, like George W. Bush.[17]


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