Cartoonists Gather to Reflect
On a day when the entire world was reflecting on the events of September 11, 2001, the comics community joined forces to honor the occasion with a moving display of solidarity and remembrance.
In respect of the 10th anniversary of 9-11, the major comic syndicates rallied their cartoonists to pay homage to one of the darkest days in American history through their September 11, 2011 Sunday comic strips. All of the nearly 100 participating strips, which may be viewed in the online gallery below, have an overarching September 11 remembrance theme. Some convey sadness, while others embody hope, fortitude and faith. All are sensitively crafted and beautifully poignant in their own unique, thoughtful and appropriate way.
Participants in this industry wide print and online memorial event include cartoonists represented by King Features Syndicate, Creators Syndicate, Tribune Media Services, Universal Press Syndicate and Washington Post Writers Group, all of whose work spans the entire globe and is featured in the most influential newspapers and websites.
In addition to the newspaper tribute, King Features partnered with several distinguished museums to host special exhibits featuring the cartoonists’ commemorative works, including:
- The Newseum in Washington, D.C.
- The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco
- The Toonseum in Pittsburgh
- The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City (MoCCA)
- The Society of Illustrators in New York City
Below are brief statements from several cartoonists who participated in the Cartoonists Remember 9-11 tribute.
“Today’s real-life 16-year olds would have been in kindergarten or the first grade when the attacks of September 11, 2001 occurred. While the significance of that terrible day’s events would become apparent to them in subsequent years, that would be a job for their history books. It would have been their parents’ and teachers’ reactions that imprinted on their minds at the time.
And, one of the things most of us parents remember is the overwhelming need to hug and protect our kids at the end of that day. It returns―a sort of muscle memory―whenever we remember September 11th.”
― Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, Zits
“Forgiveness does not make the horrible wrong go away. It frees us to handle the wrongs of now and prevent wrongs in the future.”
― Tony Cochran, Agnes
“Cartoonists are visual people. Even after 10 years, some of my strongest memories of that tragic day in September are the jarring pictures of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers slowly crumbling down. To honor all those who lost their lives on 9-11, I decided to draw a more hopeful image, one that shows the tower rebuilt…at least in the innocent mind of a baby.”
― Tom Armstrong, Marvin
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