Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression

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David Wallis
W.W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Humor - 282 pages
12 Reviews

One hundred political cartoons you wanted to see, but weren't allowed to: all were banned for being too hot to handle.

Think you live in a society with a free press? These celebrated cartoonists and illustrators found out otherwise. Whether blasting Bush for his "Bring 'em on!" speech, spanking pedophile priests, questioning capital punishment, debating the disputed 2000 election, or just mocking baseball mascots, they learned that newspapers and magazines increasingly play it safe by suppressing satire.

With censored cartoons, many unpublished, by the likes of Garry Trudeau, Doug Marlette, Paul Conrad, Mike Luckovich, Matt Davies, and Ted Rall (all Pulitzer Prize winners or finalists), as well as unearthed editorial illustrations by Norman Rockwell, Edward Sorel, Anita Kunz, Marshall Arisman, and Steve Brodner, you will find yourself surprised and often shocked by the images themselves -- and outraged by the fact that a fearful editor kept you from seeing them. Needed now more than ever because of a neutered press that's more lapdog than watchdog, Killed Cartoons will make you laugh, make you angry, and make you think.


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Review: Killed Cartoons: Casualties of the War on Free Expression

User Review  - Kelly - Goodreads

Most of the political jokes were lost on me. The book was published in 2007, and the cartoons were all prior to 2007. That said, the introduction was still relevant, particularly as big name newspaper have cut photographers and really watered down opinions. Read full review

Review: Killed Cartoons: Casualties of the War on Free Expression

User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

Fascinating discussion of many cartoons that have been rejected for many, many reasons. Interestingly, dispelling the myth of the "liberal media," nearly all of these (maybe every one of them) are progressive or liberal ideas killed to cow-tow to conservative ideals. Huh. Read full review

About the author (2007)

David Wallis, editor of the acclaimed "Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot to Print", is the founder of, a syndicate that markets articles by more than 1,500 writers and journalists. He lives in the New York City area.

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