Cartoonist’s Note: I am away from my drawing table organizing the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convention. In the meantime, I am featuring some of the attendees.
Kevin "Kal" Kallaugher, the great cartoonist for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun, has a new book out called "Daggers Drawn", and you can meet him tonight at a book signing at Ken Sander’s Rare Books ,7pm.
Kal did what every honors graduate of Harvard does: in 1977 he went cycling around Britain and ended up coaching and playing basketball for the Brighton Bears. When the club hit hard times Kal drew caricatures for tourists in Trafalgar Square to make ends meet.
Needless to say the story has a happy ending. Kal spent ten years cartooning for Britain’s most prestigious publications, at one point inciting outrage in India when authorities took exception to his depiction of Indira Gandhi, which led to the destruction of the offending edition.
Kal has to be one of the nicest guys who has ever created an international incident. Happy to oblige with a sketch or a doodle, you’d never know he’s possibly the most acclaimed cartoonist in the world today.
Beyond the above mentioned book signing, he will also be participating with Cal Grondahl and yours truly at the "Draw With the Dinosaurs" art workshop at the Natural History Museum of Utah, Friday, June 28, 1—3pm. Paleontologist Brian Switek will also be on hand to explain fossils, by which I mean the kind encased in rocks.
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