Daryl Cagle

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Daryl Cagle
Born (1956-06-21) 21 June 1956 (age 60)
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist, blogger, satirist
Notable works
NBCNews.com
The Muppets
http://www.cagle.com

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]

Controversy[edit]

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]

International travel[edit]

John Kudryavtsev and Daryl Cagle at the 2010 opening of "Reflections of Life: Cartoons for Adults..." at the Arka Gallery in Vladivostok, Russia

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 has made several international trips arranged by the U.S. State Department. In New Delhi in September 2012 he spoke about changing trends in news cartooning. Commenting about how much American cartoonists are paid, he said "Editors are cheap. They subscribe to syndication for $15 a week."[6]

Also for the State Departmen Cagle traveled to Vladivostok in December 2010, where he participated in a joint exhibition with Russian political cartoonist John Kudryavtsev.[7]

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