Tag Archives: political cartoons

SPECIAL Father’s Day Bun Toons! YAY!

It’s Father’s Day, dear internet, so we’re getting you a Ty.

click on any of the images in this Bun Toon Special Edition to make them larger.  It’s worth it, trust me.

Unlike my neighbour (Clone Subject #905), I was born biologically, and had a father.  His name was Charles, and I’ve mentioned him a few times on this blog; Chuck was a well-known Canadian celebrity, with a varied and interesting life.

And he sometimes looked like this, during his occasional “moustache” periods.

But before Dad was a Talk Show host, and before he was a best-selling novelist, or a famous inventor, or a network news director, or a Hollywood screen writer, or a politician, or an evangelical minister, he was a cartoonist.

The bulk of his work was published in the mid-thirties, when my father was barely in his twenties, doing sports cartoons for the Toronto Globe (not the Toronto paper the Daily Planet is based on, by the way…that was the Toronto Daily Star, a newspaper my father was eventually the City Editor of).

The original art to the Globe’s sports cartoon on the day Canada won a silver  medal at the 1936 Olympics.  Sports cartoons were as common as political cartoons in the newspapers of that era, and most major dailies had an exclusive sports cartoonist or two as well as a couple of political guys.

These originals are much smaller than you’d expect.  Most of them are about seven inches tall and about five inches wide.   You could fit two across a regular sheet of printer paper.  The one at the top of this Bun Toon is larger because it was for a weekend paper.

When I was a kid, in the 1960s, my father would give me drawing lessons.  He started teaching me proportion, and how to draw the human head from different angles, or the shape of a horse’s leg, or how to hold a pencil when doing “professional” lettering.  This started when I was five or six years old, DECADES after my father had long stopped drawing professionally. The box that contained his old cartoons was tucked away in the basement, forgotten examples of a skill he’d long abandoned using.

I inherited that box full of cartoon originals when my father passed away a few years ago.  I framed a couple and put some on my wall, and put the rest back in the box and left them in the crawlspace of my house. At first I didn’t think anyone would care about them but my family –  But it’s come to dawn on me that they’re probably some of the last newspaper cartoon originals from that era in Canada, and they should be scanned and shown off, just for the historical interest in this lost corner of Canada’s Cartooning Past.

Thanks for letting me present a sampling of my father’s cartoons, on Cartoon Father’s Day.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your BONUS Chuck Templeton cartooning moments:

Dad did political and editorial cartooning as well, though far less of that survives.  It’s hard to imagine there was a time that Hitler was the subject of political cartoons.

For my American readers:  the campaign referenced here was the campaign to re-elect our Prime Minister at the time:  William Lyon MacKenzie King, seated in the reviewing stand behind the wounded “soldier”.

Speaking of political cartoons, when my father was a politician (he ran for Premier of Ontario and lost.  A Premier is the Canadian equivalent of an American Governor), he amassed a sizeable collection of original political cartoons featuring himself as the subject, drawn in the 1960s by a who’s who of Canadian political cartoonists of that time, including art by Macpherson, Ben Wicks, and others.  I think I’ll save those for a future Bun Toons entry.  Who knew I had half the history of Canadian Cartooning sitting in my basement?


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Newspapers, on the web? Why, it can't be!

It’s Thanksgiving weekend in the USA, which means family gathering, Christmas shopping, eating until sick, and sharing a Sunday newspaper.  Oh, when it comes, there’ll be some fussin’…as Mom wants the bargain ads, Dad and Pete wants the sports section, and little Jimmy and Sue are fighting over the funnies.  But today, EVERYBODY can enjoy the funnies together, online, the way God clearly intended them, or he wouldn’t have made the internet kick the newspaper industry to death.

There, now you can let your subscription lapse to whatever dying beast of a local paper you’re still paying for.   I’m here to serve.

Ty the guy OUT!

Here now, your newspaper comic strip bonus moment:

I have no idea what strip this is from, or who Ray Helle is, but a friend of mine who collects original art, came across this gem in its original art form for five dollars and let me scan it.  For the 60s, it’s a pretty dirty joke.


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Sharp Political Satire Bun Toons! YAY!

The bunny-phoenix, I arise-- from last week's Easter Toon demise.

It’s well over a year before the USA has another national election, but your exciting neighbors to the North are having one right now!   I can explain it all in just a few minutes with…

We don’t have a Tea Party, but we have religious lunatics and policy wonk dullards, just like you guys!  And this election IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE EVER!! Or so, I’m told.

At least North Americans everywhere agree that Trump is a goon.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now,  your bonus Canadian Political Comic Book by Chester Brown:

Americans: If you've never heard of Louis Riel, it's okay. He's one of ours.


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Why Cartoons are the ultimate communicators

I’m fairly sure we’ve all seen the horror in Arizona played out on our TVs these last few days.  Once the facts are exhausted, the cable morons have nothing to fill time with, so they blather about blame, motivation, speculation and whatever pops into their heads.  Don’t watch it, it won’t help you understand anything.

But if you’d like to see the last 48 hours of pundit shouting explained,  check out the following-

I don’t often agree with Glenn McCoy politically, but I can’t fault a single pixel of this image.  He’s summed up hours and hours of shouting and nonsense from BOTH sides of the political spectrum, into one easily digested image, and TA-DAA, you don’t have to watch CNN and FOX anymore.  Can ANY art form do that as well as a cartoon?

Like newspaper comic strips, the political cartoon is a dying art.  Sigh…but while it’s still out there, I’m still going to treat it like an object of precious gold when it’s done right.

The image was found at gocomics.com (specifically at Glenn’s page here).

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your Sarah Palin Comic book moment:

This is one of MANY Sarah Palin comic book covers.  This woman has more titles than Wolverine lately.