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Steve Bell: Cartooning Politics

Thursday, May 03, 2012

The Guardian's editorial cartoonist Steve Bell discusses his 30-year career lampooning politics in the UK and abroad, and how he's approaching the 2012 US election.

→ Event: Steve Bell at the PEN Voices Festival | Saturday, 5pm at The New School | Tickets and Information

→ Exhibit: Steve Bell's Cartoons On Exhibit at The Standard, East Village, 25 Cooper Square | April 30- May 6

Steve Bell, Guardian
"Osama Fishes" May, 2011
Steve Bell, Guardian
"G8 Madness" May, 2011
Steve Bell, Guardian
"Murdoch Slap" July, 2011
Steve Bell, Guardian
"Lowry Crapper" January 2011
Steve Bell, Guardian
"Gaza Barbed Wire" January 2009
Steve Bell, Guardian
"Camerondom" January 2010
Steve Bell, Guardian
"Behead Mickey" February 2006
Steve Bell, Guardian
"Air Force 1 to Yurp" June 2001

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Comments [13]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

"The Guardian" is one of Britain's most racist newspapers.

May. 04 2012 12:18 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Actually Osama Bin Laden SLEEPS with the fishes.

May. 04 2012 08:40 AM
David

Steve Bell says that there is not much that he disagrees with our current Warmonger-in-Chief Obama about. I wonder if what he doesn't disagree with includes Nobel "Peace" prize winner Obama's escalation of the Afghanistan War, his initiating of drone bombings in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia that have killed many innocent civilians (including my neighbor's friend in Pakistan), his supporting corporate welfare for incompetent banks and incompetent car manufacturers, and his signing of the Orwellian NDAA?

May. 03 2012 03:23 PM
Jerry Richter

It was hard to find the Steve Bell Show. I only knew the name. It is very unclear. I was getting very frustrated. Then voice , I played Brian's voice in my head. Secondly, the cartoons ar not explained. Is that Obana walking down the steps of Air Force One? Who else? He was too light, but he had long ears. Does Bell dislike Obama that much? "Where am I?"

May. 03 2012 12:30 PM
Kassie from Brooklyn

I get a lot of my news about the UK via Steve Bell and the cartoonist Matt, from the Telegraph. Bell handles the political shenanigans, and Matt seems to concentrate on the effects on UK citizens. Any comments about your colleague Matt? Thanks.

May. 03 2012 11:16 AM
Russell Christian

I remember Maggie's Farm with particular fondness but also remember hearing (maybe wrong) that Maggie Thatcher bought some of the drawings instead of accusing him of libel and so sort of softened the blow. Does this present a conflict of any kind for Mr. Bell?

May. 03 2012 11:15 AM
Maude

wondering if he ever has problems w/ deadlines?
would love to know ore about his "process"

May. 03 2012 11:13 AM
The Truth from Becky

WTF??? Brian did u just say no "monkey" images for President Obama? Really?? What about no devil or big nose images for jews...see how that stings?

May. 03 2012 11:13 AM
John from NYC

Hmmm. Should it be "One of the great political cartoonist"? or One of the great LEFTIST political cartoonist"?

Do we, on some future show, also interview a conservative cartoonist? One, perhaps who shows Obama as a monkey? Or is the permitted only for Bush?

May. 03 2012 11:13 AM
Kassie from Brooklyn

Why do you draw David Cameron with a condom over his head??

May. 03 2012 11:10 AM
Laura from UWS

Does Steve Bell have a "cheat sheet" for Americans?
I greatly his work (I subscribe to The Guardian Weekly....highly recommended). I'm afraid I don't always recognize the cast of characters.

May. 03 2012 11:03 AM

Maybe Steve Bell just needs to protect himself from libelous screeds like that from Peter from North Carolina.

May. 03 2012 10:37 AM
Peter from North Carolina

Perhaps you could ask Mr. Bell to explain the cartoons linked below:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/cartoon/2009/nov/11/steve-bell-cartoon-berlin-wall

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cartoon/2010/jun/01/gaza-flotilla-israel-steve-bell

Would Mr. Bells say, “Israel should not protect its borders from suicide killers” and “Israel should not protect its shores from boats which may be smuggling weapons to internationally recognized terrorist organizations”?

May. 03 2012 09:03 AM

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