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Paul Conrad Wants Angrier Cartoonists; the Three-Time Pulitzer Recipient Says Too Many Editorial Cartoonists Only Illustrate News Stories

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Paul Conrad Wants Angrier Cartoonists; the Three-Time Pulitzer Recipient Says Too Many Editorial Cartoonists Only Illustrate News Stories

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The three-time Pulitzer recipient says too many editorial cartoonists only illustrate news stories

"DEAR 'COMRAD,' F you, you commie bastard. I can't wait to read your obituary."

That was one of the many notes Paul Conrad has received over the years from readers taking issue with his hard-hitting editorial cartoons.

Conrad proudly displayed these and other nasty messages during a June 9 speech at the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convention in New Orleans, where he urged AAEC members to do cartoons powerful enough to elicit some strong reader reaction of their own.

"Editorial cartoonists can dish it out; I hope you can take it," Conrad told the audience of more than 200. "I see too much illustrating of news stories today rather than editorial opinion. Get informed, get angry and get to work."

The Iowa native did acknowledge that many newspapers do not necessarily want "informed" and "angry" editorial cartoons. "Papers are 'dumbing down,'" he commented. "The bottom line is money. Papers in general have just kind of said, 'look, we've got to make a living.' It's unfortunate."

Conrad -- who said he gets "inspiration" for his drawings from "reading, more reading and reading again" -- retired last year from the Los Angeles Times. But he still does five cartoons a week for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate as well as sculpture and other work. And he remains as liberal as when he used to trash Richard Nixon during the Watergate era.

The cartoonist joked that he thought of starting his AAEC talk with "18-1/2 minutes of silence to honor our 37th president," referring to the famous Nixon tape gap. In short, Conrad is disgusted with the kind words many people have had for Nixon since he died earlier this year.

"I think it's sick," Conrad said. "We know what the bastard did. …

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