Working on a speech for TED is totally consuming. I will be speaking at a TEDx on Saturday–it is a complicated speech, and extra difficult because it is not all about me. It’s about what cartoons can tell us, historically. So I had a lot of fun looking at old New Yorker cartoons and selecting ones that I felt had something unique historically to tell us. The down side–and it was a significant down side–was selecting only a few. There are so many greats! I can’t share them here (copyright issues), but I can share some of the ones of mine I am including. The video of the talk will be online eventually, I hope.
The cartoons of mine I chose to show will appear at the conclusion of my talk, to show how my work reflects recent historical events and trends. I have been working for The New Yorker for thirty-three years, so a lot has happened since I began (not to mention the personal stuff that has happened in my life, which would be another talk). All of the cartoons in this post are copyright Liza Donnelly and The New Yorker Magazine.
This is about 9/11.
And this one is about the Iraq war:
And finally, I drew this one after the last election: