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Editorial Cartooning

Is it possible for papers to present wordless opinions?

The Editorial Cartoon

serves the function of the editorial
and the other contents of the op-ed pages: to present an opinion on an issue may or may not be a complement of the editorial

Why is there a need for an

editorial cartoon? What are its characteristics?

Is the ability to draw a must to

come up with an effective cartoon?

The cartoon, like the editorial, is a

permanent feature of the editorial page. It is called a wordless editorial because without words, it expresses comment on a current issue and seeks to influence public opinion.

* Aside from

relieving the grayness of an opinion page, the cartoon provides humor and lightness that break the seriousness of the accompanying opinion pieces.

While ability

to draw is a must, the ability to conceptualize an idea is more important for an editorial cartoonist.

Subject matter

covers a wide range of topics and purposes but the typical cartoon is about current issues and problems. Every cartoonist has his own distinctive style.

*exaggeration of the distinct feature of the subject

a subtle attack presented humorously

Samples of Editorial Cartoons:


1. Limit the use of words and labels. 2. Use universal symbols, those which can be understood at once by your intended reader. 3. Have your own style. Do not copy or plagiarize.

4. If your cartoon is about the editorial for the day, it must reinforce the stand stated in the piece. 5. Choose a most interesting issue and express your comment in an interesting way. 6. Do not clutter your cartoon with unnecessary details or complicate your drawing with artistic touches. These will distract from the impact of the cartoon. Minimal is better.

Preparing Cartoons for the School Paper

A school paper may have the good fortune of having a cartoonist who draws well and is well-informed and creative enough to crystallize an editorial idea. But we have students who, thought skilled at drawing, cannot conceptualize. Others are loaded with ideas but cannot draw. If the class artist is not an editorialist, the school paper adviser may suggest ideas or better still, discuss with editors the cartoons for a particular issue.

Steps in Editorial Cartooning:

Dr. Net Billones, one of countrys top cartoonists, suggests the following steps: 1. List down the subjects to choose from. 2. Once the subject is chosen, ask, what is the issue? What is the papers opinion about the issue? Example: Issue press freedom Opinion: The government is going back to the martial law days as far as press freedom is concerned.

3. Decide

the symbols to be used. Ex. Government ------GMA Press Freedombird flying, typewriter,school paper Repression -------chair, scissors, slingshot 4. Draw the cartoon.