Friday, March 31, 2006


March 31, 2006

Richard Bartholomew

Pflugerville Cartoonist Among Best of Year

Gretna, LA — Richard Bartholomew’s editorial cartoon “Social Security” has been included in the book, “Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year: 2006 Edition.” The annual collection is edited by Charles Brooks and published by the Pelican Publishing Company with the cooperation of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.

Since 1972, “Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year” has highlighted the best work of both U.S. and Canadian cartoonists. “I am excited and honored to be one of the cartoonists selected by Mr. Brooks,” declared Bartholomew. “His annual overview of political cartooning has been an inspiration to me for nearly 20 years.” Brooks is a past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and former long-time cartoonist for the Birmingham News.

In August, Bartholomew’s “Social Security” and “Identity Theft” each won top prizes in the Annual Homer Davenport Days International Cartoon Contest in Silverton, Oregon. In 2004, Bartholomew’s “Al-Cicada” won the Davenport contest’s grand prize and in 1996 he won 3rd place with “MIGs.” Bartholomew won an Outstanding Entry Award in the 1996 John Fischetti contest with “CREEP - Committee to RE-Elect the President.” Columbia College Chicago awards the Fischetti annually.

His cartoons have appeared in many major publications, including the Austin American-Statesman, the Washington Post, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Waco Herald-Tribune, the Austin Business Journal, North Dallas People,, and the Metro County Line (Pflugerville), and in the collection of the Newseum in Arlington, Virginia.

Bartholomew is also an animator who worked on Warner Bros.’ “Quest for Camelot” and DreamWorks’ “Prince of Egypt.”

Born in Dallas, Bartholomew has lived in Pflugerville, Texas since 1987 where he began his political cartooning career in 1995. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Texas at Austin in 1980.

His e-mail is His award-winning cartoons are available online:

“Social Security”

“Identity Theft”




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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Cartoon #247: “Future Presidents”

Title: Future Presidents; Text: (Bush says) Future presidents will decide to withdraw the troops. (Uncle Sam's arm extended holding paper reading 'Impeach Bush', Uncle Sam says) Agreed!

President Bush said in a press conference on March 21, 2006, that withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq will be up to future presidents and future governments of Iraq. In the mean time, Bush’s approval ratings continued to fall, political leaders continued to call for censuring him over illegal domestic spying, and political groups began vocally calling for his impeachment.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Cartoon #246: “Pre-emptive War”

Title: Pre-emptive War; Text: (Two panels, man at desk says) 1) When people tell you about preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. 2) (Desk name plate says 'Ike', Pres. Eisenhower says) War settles nothing.

I did a slightly different version of this cartoon three years ago when the U.S.’s illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq began. I think President Eisenhower’s quote is worth repeating on the third anniversary of the start of the Bush regime’s war of aggression.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Cartoon #245: “Dubai Port Deal”

Title: Dubai Port Deal; Text: (Bush in three panels, says) 1) I was all for the Dubai Port Deal. 2) (Looking at paper reading: 'G.O.P. Opposes Port Deal.')But I had to give in. 3) Too much pier pressure.

President Bush did not give in so much as wait for his buddies in the United Arab Emirates to announce that they would turn over management of six U.S. ports to a U.S.-owned company. Thus, letting him off the hook. Now all Bush has to do is repair the damage to his approval rating caused by the public perception that he is clueless about port security.