Etta Hulme

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Etta Hulme
Photograph of Etta Hulme at drawing board
Etta Grace Hulme

(1923-12-22)December 22, 1923
DiedJune 25, 2014(2014-06-25) (aged 90)
Arlington, Texas
OccupationEditorial cartoonist

Etta Hulme (December 22, 1923 – June 25, 2014) was an American editorial cartoonist. Her syndicated cartoons started appearing in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1972.[1] Her drawing style has been described as "understated".[2] Star-Telegram editorial page director Tommy Denton called her "one of the most insightful and provocative cartoonists in the country."[2]

Hulme was born Etta Grace Hulme in Somerville, Texas, on December 22, 1923 to Charles and Grace (Redford) Parks. She submitted cartoons to The New Yorker as a teenager, although they were not published. She graduated from the University of Texas with a fine art degree and worked for the Walt Disney animation studio in California, under the tutelage of Ward Kimball. In the 1950s, she did freelance work for The Texas Observer.

Hulme won the National Cartoonists Society Editorial Cartoon Award for 1981 and 1998.[2][3] In addition, she was elected the president of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists.[2] She was one of the first women to find success as an editorial cartoonist, establishing herself before other trailblazers such as M. G. Lord of Newsday and Signe Wilkinson of the Philadelphia Daily News in the 1980s.[4] In the late 1980s, she was thought to be one of only five or six women employed as an editorial cartoonist in the United States.[5]

Known for her wit and liberal perspective,[2] Hulme's cartoons have attracted criticism from conservatives,[6] including her depiction of Rush Limbaugh.[7] Some commentators have compared her political perspective to columnist Molly Ivins and Texas governor Ann Richards.[2] Hulme herself once commented that one of the most distressing events she covered in her work was the Waco siege.[8] Her last cartoon was published in December 2008, and featured George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.[2]

After surviving a heart attack in early 2009, Hulme died at her home in Arlington, Texas, on June 24, 2014, at the age of 90.[2]


  1. ^ Cartooning Texas : one hundred years of cartoon art in the Lone Star State. Forman, Maury B., 1950-, Calvert, Robert A. College Station, Tex.: Texas A & M University Press. 1993. ISBN 0890965609. OCLC 27975313.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Madigan, Tim (June 26, 2014). "Etta Hulme, acclaimed Star-Telegram cartoonist, dies". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  3. ^ NCS Awards
  4. ^ Marlette, Doug (November 7, 1999). "Reflections: Editorial cartoons chart societal change". The Anniston Star. Retrieved August 12, 2018 – via open access.
  5. ^ Grauer, Neil A. (May 6, 1987). "Cartoonists not laughing over Pulitzer". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved August 12, 2018 – via open access.
  6. ^ Sanders, Bob Ray (February 5, 2007). "Ivins finally gets her well-deserved day off". The Monitor. McAllen, Texas. Retrieved August 12, 2018 – via open access.
  7. ^ Wilwerding, Marcia (October 23, 1994). "Our readers write: Cartoon attack on Rush was 'childish,' 'offensive'". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, Illinois. Retrieved August 12, 2018 – via open access.
  8. ^ BeDell, Andrew (December 26, 1993). "Cartoonists chronicle 1993 with art, wit". The Sheboygan Press. Retrieved August 12, 2018 – via open access.

Further reading[edit]

  • Blackman, foreword by Mike (1998). Ettatorials: The best of Etta Hulme. Gretna, La.: Pelican Pub. Co. ISBN 9781565543188. OCLC 39182453.
  • Unforgettably Etta: A compilation of cartoons. Hulme, E. (1993). Fort Worth, Tex: Fort Worth Star-Telegram. OCLC 29524927

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