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  1. Enemy of the People: A Cartoonist’s Journey

    November 13, 2018

    IDW Announces Enemy of the People: A Cartoonist’s Journey
    New Book Celebrates the Recent Work and Career Changes of Pittsburgh Editorial Cartoonist, Rob Rogers.

    SAN DIEGO, CA (November 8th, 2018) – IDW Publishing is proud to announce Enemy of the People: A Cartoonist’s Journey by Rob Rogers. The title will be released through the IDW: PDX imprint which also prints Full Bleed.

    After 25 years as the award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rogers was fired for drawing cartoons critical of the President. The story of Rogers’ public termination, picked up by the press and shared on social media, captured the public’s imagination. This book chronicles his final weeks at the paper, including an unprecedented six cartoons in a row that were spiked by his publisher.

    Rogers’ work has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington PostUSA Today, Newsweek and The Week, among many others. His awards include the 1995 National Headliner Award, the 2000 and 2013 Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club and the 2015 Berryman Award from the National PressFoundation. In 1999 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Sometimes controversial yet always thought-provoking, Rogers’ work speaks Truth to Power and challenges conceptions and biases concerning society’s most polarizing issues… as every great political cartoonist must.

    “Satire is the ultimate expression of free speech,” says Rogers. “It reminds us that we live in a healthy democracy. But we are living in a time like no other in our country’s history, a time when the media is under attack, a time of extreme partisanship. We need satire and editorial cartoons more now than ever.”

    This 184-page collection features highlights of Rogers’ political cartoons over the last three years, his coverage of past presidents, a tutorial on creating editorial cartoons and two long-form comics. The book also includes brief essays contributed by notable cartoonists and journalists championing the First Amendment and lauding the craft of editorial cartooning. Along with Rogers, several fellow cartoonists, including Pulitzer Prize winners Joel Pett and Ann Telnaes, have provided quotes and context. Jake Tapper, anchor of “The Lead” and “State of the Union” on CNN, as well as a political cartoonist in his own right, provided the Foreword.

    The book is available for pre-order from IDWLimited.com now.

  2. Support Rob on Patreon

    June 19, 2018

    I am humbled by the overwhelming support I have received over the past couple of weeks. Thank you all so much. Many of you have encouraged me to start a Patreon site as a way to keep the cartoons coming. I decided to give it a try. Here it is: https://www.patreon.com/robrogers

  3. Ka-Blam! 2016: Cause-Play

    March 25, 2016

    For the second year in a row, KA-BLAM!, the ToonSeum’s annual fundraiser, returns to the Teamsters Temple Banquet Hall in Lawrenceville on Saturday, April 23.

    This year’s theme is “CAUSE-PLAY” (like cosplay) and guests are invited to attend in costume as their favorite popular characters. All characters are welcome, from superheroes to Lawrencevillains, starship captains, Klingons, Tribbles, furries, stormtroopers, Ghostbusters, Jedis and more. If you love cosplay, this is your party!!! If not, costumes are NOT required…you will still have lot’s of fun!

    The honorary chairs for KA-BLAM! 2016: CAUSE-PLAY are Braddock Mayor John Fetterman and his wife, Gisele. The host for the event is beloved Pittsburgh documentarian and ToonSeum Board Member Rick Sebak.

    THIS SUPER FUN PARTY will feature live entertainment, celebrity pictionary, best costume contests, professional comic artists sketching, food and beverages from your favorite Lawrenceville establishments and a silent auction.

    Dress up and have a blast while benefitting the ToonSeum. Costume-free guests are welcome too!

    KA-BLAM! 2016: CAUSE-PLAY is Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 7-11 PM.

    VIP ADMISSION: Doors open for VIP ticket holders at 7pm. VIPs get a special swag bag, custom cocktail and signed print from Post Gazette editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers.

    GENERAL ADMISSION: the main event lasts from 8-11pm at the Teamsters Temple Banquet Hall in Lawrenceville. Tickets on Eventbrite are $40 for regular admission, $75 for VIP entry, and $125 for VIP couples.

    To purchase tickets, go to: http://kablam2016.eventbrite.com/

  4. Rogers Wins Berryman Award

    December 10, 2015

    From a November 22nd, 2015 story in the Pittsburgh Pos-Gazette.

    Rob Rogers, the Post-Gazette’s editorial cartoonist, has won this year’s Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning. Given by the National Press Foundation, the prize is named for Clifford K. and James T. Berryman, the father-son team of editorial cartoonists for The Washington Star.

    The winning portfolio included cartoons about police facing cellphone video cameras, the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris, the campaign between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination, the stand of Pope Francis on climate change and the proliferation of gun sales in the United States.

    The judges said, “Rogers has a vivid visual style that invites you in. He tackles really heavy issues with a light-handed visual touch. He leaves no confusion about his point of view; he knows what he wants to say.”

    The Berryman award carries a $2,500 prize. Mr. Rogers will attend the NPF awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in February. The Post-Gazette cartoonist received the 2000 and 2013 Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club and the 1995 National Headliner Award. In 1999 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

    Mr. Rogers is president of the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s museum of comic and cartoon art.

  5. BOOK LAUNCH!

    December 7, 2015

    Come celebrate the release of Rob Rogers’ new book Mayoral Ink: Cartooning Pittsburgh’s Mayors on Wednesday, December 9th at the ToonSeum! This is the first collection to include Rob’s popular Brewed On Grant strip and contains over 170 cartoons featuring the exploits of Richard Caliguiri, Sophie Masloff, Tom Murphy, Bob O’Connor, Luke Ravenstahl and Bill Peduto. The book will be on sale for $20 and Rob will be on hand to sign copies. Mayoral Ink will make the perfect stocking stuffer for the local politics lover on your holiday gift list!

    Light snacks and drinks will be provided. The event is FREE but space is limited so please reserve your tickets now.

    WHEN
    Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
    WHERE
    ToonSeum – 945 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    Get you FREE ticket HERE!

  6. My New Book! — Mayoral Ink

    December 2, 2015

    I am proud to announce that my new book, “Mayoral Ink: Cartooning Pittsburgh’s Mayors”, is available now!

    I have been drawing cartoons about Pittsburgh and its mayors since the mid ’80s, but I’ve only been drawing my local weekly comic strip Brewed on Grant since the ’90s. This book is my first Brewed on Grant collection.

    The local comic strip is set in a fictitious diner on Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh. Grant Street is home to the Mayor’s office, City Council Chambers, County Courthouse and the old County Jail. In other words, a lot of crazy stuff goes down on Grant Street. Brewed on Grant is by far the most popular cartoon I draw each week, especially among Pittsburgh readers.

    The book contains over 170 cartoons featuring the exploits of Richard Caliguiri, Sophie Masloff, Tom Murphy, Bob O’Connor, Luke Ravenstahl and Bill Peduto. With the exception of some early cartoons in black and white, most of the book will contain full-color cartoons. If you are not familiar with Pittsburgh politics that’s OK. Each cartoon will have a line of explanatory text to help the reader with history and context.

    The foreword was graciously provided by my good friend Lynn Cullen.

    Get your copy now! $30 includes inscription, shipping and handling.


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