Boston Editorial Cartoonists Draw Different Lessons From Ferguson

November 27, 2014

As the hardreading staff has relentlessly noted, it’s good to live in a Two-Cartoonist Town. Wednesday’s local dailies are just the latest example.

The Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman:




The Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert:




That about sums it up, yeah?

Tom Menino, the Cartoon Version

October 31, 2014

As we have noted on numerous occasions, Boston is lucky to be not only a two-daily town, but a two-cartoonist town as well.

And both weigh in on the death of former Mayor Tom Menino in similar style today.

The Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman:




The Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert:


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Two for the road, yes?

Boston Herald Editorial Cartoonist Jumps the Fence

October 1, 2014

As the hardreading staff has said on numerous occasions, Boston is blessed not only to be a two-daily town, but a two-cartoonist town as well.

Today, however, it’s a decidedly mixed blessing.

Both line men address the same topic today, but with very different sensibilities – not to mention sensitivities.

The Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman:




The Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert:


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Seriously? Watermelon flavored?

Quick – get me re-draw.

UPDATE: Actually, someone did call re-draw. From

[A] similar cartoon posted to an archive of Holbert’s work on doesn’t use the watermelon stereotype—in that version, the toothpaste is raspberry-flavored, even though the rest of the cartoon is drawn up exactly the same:


It’s unclear at what point the choice to use “watermelon” was made before the cartoon went to print and appeared in Wednesday’s newspaper.


In fact, it was the other way around, as BoMag‘s update indicates:

Holbert clarified Wednesday that it was his intention to include the term “watermelon” in his cartoon, not thinking about the racial connotations, and the switch to “raspberry” was made by outside editors since his cartoons are syndicated.

Holbert told [Boston Herald radio] that on Tuesday night someone wrote to him and asked if they could change the watermelon reference, and he was “confused” by the request. “I changed it to raspberry and sent it back to them,” he said.


Maybe he should have kept it instead.

Boston Herald Goes to Town on Ferguson Coverage

August 20, 2014

The local dailies occupy parallel universes today in their coverage of the ongoing violence/protest in Ferguson, Mo.

Yes, both have editorial cartoons mirroring the unrest in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting.

Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman:


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Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert.


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But beyond that, the papers couldn’t be more different in their opinion pieces.

Former homeland security official/gubernatorial candidate Juliette Kayyem’s op-ed in the Globe about the failures of the law enforcement community:


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Globe columnist Derrick Jackson’s piece on the failure of white Americans to, well, get it:


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Crosstown at the Herald, though, the failure all belongs to the media.

Call the roll.

Howie Carr:



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Joe Fitzgerald:


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Jonah Goldberg:


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One town, two different worlds, eh?

Boston Editorial Cartoonists Enter WeinerWorld

July 26, 2013

Boston is blessed not only with two daily newspapers, but with two very talented editorial cartoonists: Dan Wasserman at the Boston Globe, and Jerry Holbert at the Boston Herald.

(You can count on two hands the number of daily newspapers nationally that employ editorial cartoonists. And yes, technically Wasserman may be a syndicated cartoonist rather than a Globe staffer, but his drawings still have a Globe identity.)

In Thursday’s editions, the two coincidentally visited Six Flags Over Anthony Weiner.



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Smart, as usual.

Stop the Presses: Globe and Herald Editorial Cartoonists Agree!

October 6, 2012

Editorial cartoonists Dan Wasserman of the Boston Globe and Jerry Holbert of the Boston Herald had the same line on the first 2012 presidential debate: Barack Obama got totally pwned by Mitt Romney.

Holbert’s version:


Wasserman’s version:


The hardreading staff just hopes this rare two-daily concurrence doesn’t rip a hole in the space/time continuum.

As they say in the news biz: Space/time will tell.


In Praise of Editorial Cartoonists

September 14, 2012

The other night Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Center hosted a lecture by legendary illustrator Edward Sorel, whose editorial cartoons rank among the 20th century’s most searing commentary on American politics.

Helpful documentary by Sorel’s son Leo here.

Which got the hardreading staff to thinking:

How lucky are we that Boston has not one, but two editorial cartoonists in our local dailies.

First up, the Boston Herald’s reliable Jerry Holbert:



Next up, the Boston Globe’s inspired Dan Wasserman:



Unfortunately, editorial cartoonists are fast becoming an endangered species.

From the American Journalism Review:

Ted Rall, president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, says there are fewer than 100 staff cartoonists in the country, down from about 150 in 1990 and about 280 in 1980.

Outside of New York, Boston might be the only town in America with two daily editorial cartoonists.

You should savor it while it lasts.