American Cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) Visits Turkey

Kevin (KAL) Kallaugher
Kevin (KAL) Kallaugher

Kevin (KAL) Kallaugher, the world-renowned editorial cartoonist for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun, has visited Ankara and Istanbul to meet cartoonists, journalists, academicians, and students at various events on October 5-9.

KAL’s Istanbul program began with a digital event organized in collaboration with on October 8 at Komünite. KAL engaged with young cartoonists and fans via Periscope answering questions on the role of a cartoonist in the digital media world.

Following that, KAL made a presentation on “Political Cartooning in the 21st Century” and exchanged views with Turkey’s prominent cartoonists and young professionals at Schneidertempel Cultural Center.

On the second day (October 9) of his Istanbul trip, KAL met school children, who are participating in cartoon competitions, at a lively workshop organized by Creative Children Association. He gave easy & step-by-step tips for kids on how to draw cartoon characters.

He then participated in a panel discussion on “Pen and Pixel: Political Cartooning in the 21st Century” with famous Turkish cartoonist M.K.Perker at Istanbul Bilgi University’s SantralIstanbul Campus. During a Q & A session with faculty members, professional cartoonists and university students, KAL stressed the importance of freedom of speech as one of pillars of democracy.



After graduating from Harvard College with honors in 1977, Kevin embarked on a bicycle tour of the British Isles, where he joined the Brighton Basketball Club as a player and coach. After the club hit financial difficulties, Kevin drew caricatures of tourists in Trafalgar Square and on Brighton Pier. In March 1978, The Economist recruited him to become their first resident cartoonist in their 145 year history.

Kevin spent the next 10 years working in London as a cartoonist for such publications as The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, Today and The Mail on Sunday. Kevin returned to the U.S. in 1988 to join The Baltimore Sun as its editorial cartoonist. Between 1988 and 2006, he drew over 4000 for The Sun while continuing to draw two cartoons per week for The Economist.After a six year hiatus Kal rejoined The Sun as an editorial cartoonist in 2012.

KAL’s work for The Sun and The Economist has appeared in more than 100 publications worldwide, including Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Pravda, Krokodil, Daily Yomiuri, The Australian, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post. His cartoons are distributed worldwide by Cartoonarts International and the New York Times Syndicate.

Kevin has won many awards for his work including the 2014 Grand Prix for Cartoon of the Year in Europe as presented by Press Cartoon Europe. 2005 Nast Prize as presented by The town of Landau, Germany. The 2004 “Gillray Goblet” for Cartoon of the year as presented by the Political Cartoon Society of Great Britain. The 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2014 Thomas Nast Award presented by the Overseas Press Club of America. The 2002 Berryman award presented by the National Press Foundation. The 1996 Grafica Internazionale Award at the International Festival of Satire in Pisa, Italy. The 1990 award for Best Editorial Cartoon at the Witty World International Cartoon Festival in Budapest, Hungary and the 1982 Feature Cartoonist of the Year Award as presented by the Cartoonist Club Of Great Britain.

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