November 7, 2015 |
Cartoonist Roz Chast always viewed her work as strongly reflecting her upbringing in a Jewish New York family. After the release of her graphic memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? - which recounts her struggle to deal with her parents' final years - she came to realize that her experience was surprisingly universal. "I've gotten so many letters from people who live in all kinds of different places," Chast said. "Someone from rural Washington will say, 'My father was a farmer and a Baptist, but he was just like your dad.' So maybe there are things that we might think of as Jewish or New York-centric, but they're less so than we think.
September 9, 2015 |
IT WAS NOT ONLY a slow weekend on the celebrity non-news front, it was a slow weekend at the box office. Summer blockbusters gave way to niche films over a sleepy Labor Day weekend, with notable performances from the faith-based "War Room" and the Spanish language cartoon "Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos. " "War Room" fought its way to first place in its second weekend in release, earning $12.6 million across the four-day holiday weekend, according to Rentrak estimates on yesterday.
August 28, 2015 |
JemCon, a convention celebrating the 1980s cartoon Jem , hits the Philadelphia area this weekend. If the Jem theme song has anything to do with it, the convention is sure to be truly, truly, truly outrageous. The cartoon, created by Christy Marx, ran from 1985 to 1988 and has a small but dedicated fan base that worships at the altar of Jerrica Benton - owner of Starlight Music by day and rock star Jem by night. Marx will be attendance at the 11th annual convention, which takes place at the Holiday Inn Lansdale, meeting and greeting fans and discussing the show during the convention's various panels.
May 12, 2015
WE AGAIN find ourselves contending with the aftermath of an attack fueled by abusive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. As an American Muslim, I am both saddened and confused by the frequency with which events like this are taking place around the world. To the Muslims engaging in these acts of violence, I say that we should respond to abusive cartoons by following the example set by the Prophet Muhammad, who repeatedly tolerated abuse and responded with love. To the groups who continue to perpetuate abusive depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, I ask what they intend to gain from their actions.
April 8, 2015
ISSUE | HOLY IMAGES Last Supper cartoon leaves a bad taste Shame on The Inquirer for the Signe Wilkinson cartoon it printed on one of Christianity's holiest days (April 2). To use the Last Supper to make a political point on Holy Thursday was tasteless and insulting. Strange that it appeared the same day as the "Inviting bigotry" editorial. |Annemarie Jannotta, Holland ISSUE | SCHOOL MUSIC Skillful measures As an early-childhood music educator at Rosemont School of the Holy Child, I agree wholeheartedly that musical training at a young age enhances brain development and creates a positive impact on lifelong learning ("Tuning up the wiring in young brains," March 30)
January 16, 2015
WILL BUNCH informs us ("Free to be - and not be - Charlie"), that he and his colleagues at the Daily News disapprove of the crude humor in Charlie Hebdo , and so will not print the cartoons that led to mass murder in Paris. A month ago, there was perhaps a place for Mr. Bunch's nuanced editorial judgments about what is, and what is not, proper. Now, however, the cartoons are at the heart of the biggest news story in the world and you are a newspaper. How can you not publish them?
January 9, 2015
YESTERDAY I LOST four brothers - none of whom I'd ever met. Stephane Charbonnie; Jean Cabut, a/k/a "Cabu"; Georges Wolinski; and Bernard Verlhac, a/k/a "Tignous," were the cartoonists assassinated along with their journalism colleagues at the French satire magazine, Charlie Hebdo . "Charlie" was named after Charlie Brown, but it is related more closely to The Onion or Mad magazine than the Peanuts comic strip. It certainly could not be confused with straight newspapers, like the New York Times . But, when it came time to defend free speech after the infamous Danish cartoons about Muhammad were published in 2005, Charlie Hebdo ran the cartoons, while the New York Times refrained, primly telling readers that they were essentially "gratuitous assaults.
January 9, 2015
TODAY, I was going to introduce you to an investigative reporter from Kenya who received threats on her life. Her government did not step in to protect her because it was the government that was threatening her. The United States gave her asylum. The attack on Charlie Hebdo , which is an attack on Western values, gave her story an immediacy, so I called her Wednesday and she agreed to talk to me. Yesterday morning she called, very apologetic, to cancel. "As a journalist I hate doing this," she said, "but Homeland Security thought it would not be safe.
January 9, 2015 |
Wednesday's shocking terror attack on the French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo should finally awaken Western publics to the threat posed by radical Islamists to free speech worldwide. That threat may seem obvious when 10 journalists from a newspaper that published caricatures of the prophet Muhammad are murdered by masked men with Kalashnikovs shouting " Allahu Akbar . " Yet these assassinations follow a rising number of death threats and violent protests by Islamic fundamentalists against Western books, films, or newspapers they deem offensive.
December 12, 2014 |
AN EDITORIAL cartoon depicting children asking Santa Claus, "Keep us safe from the police," published in a Bucks County newspaper on Sunday has drawn the ire of the Fraternal Order of Police. In a scathing letter yesterday, Philadelphia FOP Lodge 5 president John McNesby demanded an apology from the Bucks County Courier Times for the cartoon. "Surprisingly, you have at least one reader of that excuse for a newspaper you run," McNesby wrote. "The one reader forwarded a copy of your disgraceful and highly offensive 'cartoon.' " He went on to write that the newspaper owed an apology to every law-enforcement officer and their families for the cartoon.