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Kal in Bermuda

January 31st, 2015 | Category: News

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I had a most fascinating time in the summer of 2014 as Artists-in-Residence at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. During my 3 month sojourn, I embarked on a quest to capture in satirical style my observations of the island. I have now posted in the portfolio section the collection of work I created while on the island. You will find some inside Bermuda jokes, but on the whole, I hope you will appreciate the gist of the narative. A limited edition set of the large cartoons have been produced by the Museum and are available for purchase. Have a read and let me know your thoughts!

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Margaret Thatcher RIP

April 08th, 2013 | Category: Baltimore Sun, Economist, News, caricature

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During my first ten years of my career as a cartoonist, Margaret Thatcher loomed large. I was working in the UK for a variety of daily and weekly publications and Maggie was residing in 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister of Great Britain. She seemed to be a hovering presence in my life for a decade.

I drew her just about every week. She was sharp-nosed determined character with little humor. Small in stature, Thatcher proved to be a large conservative force for change in both the the UK and the world. Her determined style won her many friends and enemies among citizens of the country and  the cartoon community.

She was a friend to cartoonists because her dogged right wing politics provided mountains of inspired scorn-filled cartoons. She was an enemy to many cartoonists because few supported her conservative agenda.

While assembling my new book Daggers Drawn: 35 Years of Kal Cartoons in The Economist I found scores of cartoons I produced about the Iron Lady over the years. I attach a handful here. If you have favorites from years past let me know and I will try to dig them out.

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Kal On Local NPR

January 18th, 2013 | Category: Kickstarter, News


Kal discusses recent news including preparing for a second Obama term and his new Kickstarter campaign.

You can listen to the interview here.

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When Cartoons Matter

May 18th, 2012 | Category: Baltimore Sun, News

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I learned a surprising truth this week. I learned that cartoons matter. This may sound funny from someone who has been immersed in the dark art of editorial cartooning for over 3 decades.

Sure… I always hope any cartoon I draft is going to rock the world and be positive force for change. But it is more realistic to assume the daily cartoon is a small voice that affects things in small ways.

I believe the cumulative impact of hundreds of cartoons over years can give a cartoonist potent voice in the political discourse… but one cartoon making a difference these days? I didn’t think so… until this week.

The cause for change was an essay published this week by former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke. He had been invited with over a dozen Baltimore luminaries to pen a tribute to the Baltimore Sun in honor of the publication’s 175th anniversary.

In his reflection (see below) he chose to describe the influence of a newspaper on local politicians. He gave as the perfect illustration (pun intended) of this power … the editorial cartoon. He cited how one cartoon in particular from 1992 changed his mind and policy on a certain city issue.

t was very interesting for me to learn of this…even 20 years after the fact. I now wonder if any other cartoons might have had similar impact on other politicians.

For those who don’t think newspaper cartoons have impact, please take note…. I now have proof to the contrary.

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Cartooning returns to Baltimore

February 19th, 2012 | Category: Baltimore Sun, News

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This week marked my return to The Baltimore Sun after a 6 year hiatus. I am delighted to be back. (see this week’s cartoon below)

This new chapter in my career started in early December when I received a surprising email from Andy Green, Editorial page editor of The Sun. He had been asked by the publisher of the paper to see if there was any way they could lure me back. This was an intriguing thought.

I have been very lucky during the intervening six years since my departure from The Sun. I had a close and long term (30+ year) affiliation with The Economist which continued to blossom. I joined UMBC as an Artist-in-Residence where I have engaged in a series of great projects involving students and faculty. I have also been exploring animation in a big way, working with local animation houses DigitalSteamworks and Bully Entertainment on some great and exciting films. Check out the video below created by The Sun that talks about my recent work.

So, when The Sun first contacted me, I thought that I might be too busy to accept their offer. But then, I reconsidered. I thought I could manage one cartoon a week as long as certain conditions were met.

First, I wanted assurances of editorial freedom in my work. Next, I wanted the cartoon to be displayed at a large enough size to adequately showcase the artwork. Third, and most importantly, I wanted to maintain the same rights that I have enjoyed with The Economist over the past 3 decades: I would own the physical artwork of the cartoons and own all rights to the use and reproduction of these cartoons.

I submitted these requests along with a daily rate for producing a black and white cartoon. The Sun agreed to my proposal.

We determined the starting date to be the 19th of February because I would be settled back in Baltimore after some international travel.

During my return flight from the UK on Thursday, I scanned through the in-flight movie listings and made the mistake of choosing to watch “Immortals”, the over-the-top B-level sequel to “Clash of The Titans”. All was not lost, however. The farce of a movie acted as a perfect inspiration for my first cartoon for The Baltimore Sun. (see below).

Back in January 2006, I was one of the many victims of the mad and desperate cost cutting that was crippling US newspapers. It is my hope the return of a cartoonist to The Baltimore Sun is a modest beginning to the reversal of that trend.

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Cartoon Event in DC

January 22nd, 2012 | Category: News

ApocolypToon FlyerTo all interested in political cartoons in the Washington DC area, here is an event you should enjoy:

Art Soiree holds monthly events which revolve around cocktails, socializing and art. On Thursday January 26 Art Soiree’s event is an exhibition of editorial cartoons of which I am one of the featured guests. For more information check out the link below. I hope to see you there!

You can learn more here.

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Kal in Malibu Magazine

December 17th, 2011 | Category: News


I am pleased to announce that I am currently featured in this month’s edition of Malibu Magazine.

The magazine has a regular column called “10 x 10″ where they ask a guest 10 eclectic questions about his-or-herself ( my favorite: What tunes would be on the five-song playlist to your life?).

As part of my interview, I was asked to supply a photo. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to embellish it a little  so I created the art below.

You can check out the magazine article here


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Wall Kalendar Sneak Peak

December 16th, 2011 | Category: Kalendar, News

july 2012 webWith 2 weeks left in 2011, I am happy to say that orders for the 2012 Economist Wall Kalendar have been brisk! ( you can order them from the Kaltoons store).

Above you can catch a glimpse of the July spread which features the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

I am looking forward to 2012 with a host of new projects roaring to go. I have tentative trips to Romania, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK  as well as San Francisco  and Fargo, North Dakota planned. I also have some great animations in the works that will be available for viewing early in the year.

I am also hoping to publish a new collection of my cartoons form The Economist sometime in 2012 ( my first collection of cartoons exclusively from The Economist was back in 1988!)

I am also hoping to be working on the 2013 Economist Wall Kalendar!

I will be announcing new events and other  news right here on the blog… so keep on stopping by!

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Kal on NPR

December 07th, 2011 | Category: News

signal_logo1The great local NPR station in Baltimore, WYPR will be airing an interview with me in the days ahead. Their weekly show on the arts and culture called The Signal will talk to me about the my year’s projects including the 2012 Wall calendar as well as my upcoming event at The Walters. The show airs Friday 7-8PM and Saturday 1-2PM or  you download a podcast here.

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Kal Returns to The Walters

December 05th, 2011 | Category: News, Performance
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This picture is from my retrospective exhibit at The Walters in 2006

On Sunday December 11, 2-3:30 I will be giving a public presentation at my favorite Museum, The Walters of Baltimore.

Here are some details from the Walters website:

Kal will chat about his work, look back at his best cartoons from 2011 and sign copies of his award winning 2012 Kal-endar (a great gift for the holidays), published by The Economist. He’ll finish his talk with a fun and lively drawing lesson.
The Walters Art Museum
Sunday, December 11, 2–3:30 p.m.
Media Contact:
Amy Mannarino, 410-547-9000, ext. 277, amannarino@thewalters.org

I hope to see you there!

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