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Kal New Book!

January 14th, 2013 | Category: Economist, Kickstarter

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I am excited to announce that in April 2013, I will be celebrating my 35th anniversary as cartoonist for The Economist. To mark the occasion, I want to publish a large retrospective collection of my cartoons and covers from the magazine titled Daggers Drawn.

To make this happen, I have turned to the arts funding website┬áwww.Kickstarter.com for help. With Kickstarter’s help, I have created a special campaign to help fund the book.
Fans and supporters can pre-order copies of the book, buy prints of cartoons and covers from the magazine, plus purchase one of a kind original cartoons and covers. Plus there are special rewards for those who want to join the KAL team including a book launch party at Boordy Vineyards in April.

Here’s a link to the Kickstarter campaign.

Any support you can offer would be great. But perhaps the best thing you can do to help is spread the word.  Forward the link to all your contacts, friends and colleagues. The more money we raise the better quality the book will be!

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Kickstarter video

January 14th, 2013 | Category: Kickstarter

Here’s the Promotional video for my Kickstarter campaign

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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.

Kalis back Sun headline web

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Does French Cover Translate?

January 28th, 2012 | Category: Cover art

courrier internationalMy good friends at the French weekly magazine Courrier International contacted me last week to express their interest in reproducing artwork I created for The Economist (see below) on their cover.

The only catch was… they needed to translate my text from the original English version to French. This is not a major problem except there were some English idioms in the Economist version that I am not sure translated well to French (Thatcher’s Iron Fist, for example). For any of you French speakers out there, I would be interested in hearing how well you think the artwork translated!

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Cover for The Economist

December 28th, 2011 | Category: Cover art, Economist, Finished art, Line Art

I had a busy week with The Economist. I completed the cover for the New Year edition as well as adding an editorial cartoon (see below) and an illustration about Ron Paul. Now it’s time to catch up on my sleep!

Right Republican cover web

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Economist Euro Colander cover

October 27th, 2011 | Category: Cover art, Finished art, sketches


I drew the cover for this week’s edition of The Economist. I worked closely with the cover designer in London on this one. We decided to pursue a more “graphic” version than the normally painterly style from the past. You can see the original concept drawing I submitted below. I like the simplicity an starkness of this one. I hope you do, too.

kal colander cover rough web

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Angry Birds?

October 23rd, 2011 | Category: Economist, Finished art, caricature

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Election season is in full swing which means lots of material for political cartoonist. The cartoon above is from this week’s edition of The Economist.

I drew this one from a hotel in Abuja, Nigeria where I was participating in a conference sponsored by The Economist. As you can probably guess I had a great fun drawing this one.

Among the fearsome flock of Wannabees is Republican businessman Herman Cain. People outside of the US have been watching the American political circus with some interest and despair. An example, the French magazine Courrier International commissioned me to create a cartoon of Herman Cain for this week’s edition (see below).

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Recent cartoons from The Economist

August 13th, 2011 | Category: Economist, Line Art

kal econ cartoon 8-12-11 web

Here’s some recent cartoons from The Economist. The cartoon below I drew while on holiday in Ireland.

Whenever I travel in the world, I carry a portable scanner so that I can never miss a chance to file my cartoons and covers for The Economist. I have drawn and sent my cartoons from such far flung nations as China, Russia, Azerbaijan, Jordan, New Zealand, Italy and France.

kal econ cartoon 8-4-11 web

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Two new ones from The Economist

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

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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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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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