Leading Cartoon Database Launches Cartoon the Vote

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1,800 Election-related Cartoons Plus Thousands More About Key Issues Surrounded by Relevant News and Information of Interest to Voters.

First time a cartoon website pairs comics and cartoons with relevant news and information.

Cartoon the Vote is launched today by the Cartoonist Group. The website pairs editorial cartoons and comic strips by fifty leading cartoonists with news and information about the 2012 presidential election and key issues.

Sara Thaves, the founder of the Cartoonist Group, believes that this is the first time that a cartoon website pairs comics and cartoons with relevant news and information. She notes “As the distribution of comics and cartoons evolves, context can be lost, especially for editorial cartoons. Cartoon the Vote is an effort to provide some of that context.”

Why begin an effort to put comics and cartoons in context with an election-related site? Two key factors: strong interest in the election and a deep inventory of cartoons. Thaves remarks “As of today, we have nearly 1,800 election-related cartoons plus thousands more about issues that are important in this election such as the economy, healthcare, immigration, women’s rights and more.” She explains that users will be able to access the cartoons via subject-specific links and keyword searches developed by the Cartoonist Group.

The context for the cartoons is provided in a number of ways. A news summary with the latest election news scrolls across the home page and an issue-specific summary of news appears on each issue page. Additionally, the site provides links to the candidates’ websites, to the political party websites and links that relate to voter resources and registration. Plus, Cartoon the Vote includes a running update of cartoonists’ Twitter messages plus information about cartoonists’ election-related events such as live drawing during debates.

Cartoon the Vote is part of the Cartoonist Group’s efforts to license cartoons for re-publication. Thaves explains “The Cartoonist Group’s primary goal is the sale of reprints. Pairing cartoons with users based on their interests is the core of what we do and Cartoon the Vote is part of an ongoing exploration for new ways to do that.”

Thaves expects to maintain and refine the site after the election. “This is a work in progress. We learned a lot from this beginning and look forward to building on the experience in the future.”

About the Cartoonist Group: The Cartoonist Group markets the reprints of over fifty leading creators of comic strips and editorial cartoons, including nine winners of Pulitzer Prize. In the process, the Cartoonist Group coordinates efforts with the cartoonists and with leading syndicates: Creators, King Features and the Washington Post Writers Group. The Cartoonist Group’s inventory grows daily and now includes over 73,000 cartoons all of which are keyword-searchable as well as 14,000+ subject-specific pages accessible by web users. The Cartoonist Group operates two affiliated sites, both of which offer the same search capabilities and subject-specific pages: The Comic Strips and The Editorial Cartoons.

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