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Two new ones from The Economist

July 30th, 2011 | Category: Economist, Finished art, Line Art

kal cartoonn 7-28-11web

Sorry to be so lacklustre at posting this summer… been bogged down with the new 2012 Economist wall calendar ( which looks awesome!).

Here are some recent favorites from The Economist.

Kal econ cartoon 7-21-11 web

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Heading in the wrong direction

July 11th, 2011 | Category: Economist, Finished art, Line Art

kal econ cartoon 7-7-11 web

I have been watching politics closely for over 30 years now. I find the bitter partisanship and polarization currently on display in the US depressing. Fortunately for me, and unfortunately for the country, it a source of great cartoon material….

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It’s All Greek to Me

June 16th, 2011 | Category: Economist, Finished art, Line Art

kal econ cartoon 6-16-11web

Greece is currently mired in deep fiscal problems… with serious economic repercussions for other countries around the world.

As a cartoonist commenting on these events, there is a great temptation to use images of ancient Greece as vehicles for your messages.

Here’s two cartoons from The Economist employing such visuals. The first one ┬áis from this week’s edition (above) and the other (below) from earlier in the crisis when Greek officials seemed to be cooking the economic books.

I think there is no doubt that I will not be alone in the community of cartoonists to tap into the rich library of Greek images to help me in future cartoons.

Kal econ cartoon 2-4-10UK web

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Family Blood-line

June 14th, 2011 | Category: Economist, Finished art, Line Art

Over my 33 year career I have drawn many nasty oppressive rulers.

Rarely, however, have I had the dubious distinction of drawing two generations of sadistic murderers in one picture. For this week’s edition of The Economist I chose to cover the sad events unfolding in Syria. I have drawn the nation’s past ruler, Hafez Assad many times over the years (see sample below). He was the demon responsible for the quashing of a citizen revolt in 1982 where he killed an estimated 10-30,000 of his own countrymen. Unfortunately, it appears, his sons plan to follow in in boot-steps.

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And So the 2012 campaign begins

June 03rd, 2011 | Category: Economist, Finished art

Palin bus tour web

There is no doubt the best time to be an editorial cartoonist is during an election campaign. There is enough satire material to keep an army of cartoonists employed. The candidates are larger than life figures doing ridicuous things on a daily basis.

More than a year away from the US Presidential election in November 2012, republican pretenders are already getting into campaign shape. In this week’s edition of The Economist I drew my first election cartoon for the 2012 campaign (see above). I am looking forward to many many many many many more to come in the months ahead.

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Old caricatures of recent characters

May 14th, 2011 | Category: Economist, caricature

MubarakFrom time to time I have the job of scouring through past cartoons in search of a specific request. It is often an educational experience. I find forgotten images and sketches. I have published, by my count over 6000 cartoons so I guess I can be forgiven for not remembering all of them.

I recently stumbled upon these caricatures I drew in the mid 1980’s for The Economist. They feature political figures still on the international scene: Colonel Qaddafi of Libya, President Mubarak of Egypt, Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton (from the 90’s). They, of course look much younger (and I, of course have not changed at all).

Fidel webqaddafipain

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Who’s that Model?

April 17th, 2011 | Category: Cover art, Economist

Kal models for Gorbachev

I recently discovered this old photo which conjured a fun memory.

Flash back to July 1986, The Economist commissioned me to do a cover for the magazine featuring the new and, by Soviet standards, modern new leader of the USSR Michael Gorbachev.

At the time a new television show was also the rage: Miami Vice.

I opted to create Gorby in the likeness of the hip star of the show Sonny Crockett.  But in 1986 there was no Internet and photos of Miami Vice were not readily available in Brighton, England where I lived.

So to create a good reference photo for the cover my wife and I went shopping. I picked up the outfit in the picture and posed while my wife took a Polaroid (remember those?) snapshot.

You can see the final results below of the cover I created for that week’s edition of The Economist.

No, I didn’t also buy the car.

Kal econ Streetwize gorby sm

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Kal Event in San Francisco for The Economist

April 17th, 2011 | Category: Economist, News, Performance

KAL-CAM Invitation Postcard-2

If you are in the Bay area on April 28th Please come on by this event. The event is open to the public but be sure to rsvp as per the invitation above. I look forward to see you there!

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From The Economist

January 27th, 2011 | Category: Economist, Finished art, Line Art

Kal football lead note web
Kal Econ cartoon 1-27-11 webThis is my cartoons I contributed to The Economist this week. You can tell I had some fun with the football cartoon!

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Kal Lebanon cartoon

January 20th, 2011 | Category: Economist, Line Art

Kal economist cartoon 1-20-11web

Last March I had the opportunity to visit Beirut. There I was able to see up close the impressive redevelopment of Lebanon since the war that devastated the country in the 1980’s. I was also keenly aware of the tensions that currently lie just beneath the surface of this beautiful yet potentially explosive land.

My visit helped inform this cartoon that I drew for this week’s edition of The Economist. There is no question that visiting the Middle East has made me feel more connected to the stories playing out in the region.

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