Outrageous animated series like South Park and satiric cartoons of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo attract attention today, but American cartoons have always grappled with the issues of their times. This visual presentation focuses on the subtle and overt political messages in popular comic strips, illustrated with slides from Little Nemo and The Yellow Kid in the 1900s, to Peanuts and Pogo in the 1950s, all the way to The Boondocks and Doonesbury in the 2000s. Either supporting or subverting the status quo, these comics have contributed to the cultural dialogue every day, and every year, of the last century. They continue to make strong statements about issues such as immigration, poverty, race representation, patriotism, pacifism, political corruption, women’s autonomy, and much more.
As a cover artist for The New Yorker, a comics creator, and Illustration teacher, Sikoryak works with iconography to deliver topical political messages. This lecture helps readers become more sensitive to the ways that pictures work.