The Cartoons That Don't Make It to Print

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A new collection of censored cartoons reveals what doesn't make it onto the editorial page. David Wallis assembled the collection Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression. He discusses what happens to cartoons that are deemed too controversial or offensive for print.

David Wallis, author, Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression

Examples of "Killed" Cartoons:

Unwise Halloween Costume Cartoon
J.P. Trostle

A 2001 cartoon by J.P. Trostle parodied a plan to tighten security for a Chapel Hill, N.C., Halloween street party in response to the events of Sept. 11.

Cartoon shows Reagan looking in the mirror and seeing Nixon
Milt Priggee

This Reagan-as-Nixon cartoon was drawn by Milt Priggee in 1987 in response to public debate comparing the Iran-Contra scandal to Watergate.

Cartoon shows Pope riding to heaven in Pope mobile.
Graeme Mackay

Cartoonist Graeme Mackay says his 2005 cartoon depicting Pope John Paul II's ascent to heaven was not run because it was deemed "too whimsical."

Excerpted by permission from Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression, edited by David Wallis, W.W. Norton & Company, © 2007.

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