University of Southern California

Festival of Books 2013

The Role of the Political Cartoon: About the Panelists

Dwayne BoothDwayne Booth has been a freelance writer and cartoonist for 22 years, publishing under both his real name and the pen name of Mr. Fish. In addition to his weekly cartoon for Harper’s and daily contributions to Truthdig, he has also contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, LA Weekly, the Atlantic, Huffington Post, The Nation, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, the Advocate, Z Magazine,, and others. His most recent book is Go Fish: How to Win Contempt and Influence People. He also curated the exhibition, Drawing Conclusions: The Editorial Cartoon, at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Victor NavaskyVictor Navasky is a journalist, editor, publisher, author and professor. He teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he is the director of the Delocorte Center of Magazine Journalism and chairman of the Columbia Journalism Review. He was editor of The Nation from 1978 until 1995, and its publisher and editorial director from 1995 to 2005. He is the author of, among other books, Naming Names, which won a 1981 National Book Award, and A Matter of Opinion, which won the George Polk Book Award. His most recent book is The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power.

Robert ScheerRobert Scheer (Moderator) is the editor in chief of He is currently a clinical professor of communications at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He has written nine books, including The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us about Iraq, Playing President: My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I and Clinton—and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush and The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America. His latest book is The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street.

Ann TelnaesAnn Telnaes’ animated editorial cartoons are posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on The Washington Post’s website. Her print work was shown in a solo exhibition at the Great Hall in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress in 2004. Her first book, Humor’s Edge, was published by Pomegranate Press and the Library of Congress in 2004. A collection of Vice President Cheney cartoons, Dick, was self-published by Telnaes in 2006. Her work has also been exhibited in Paris, Jerusalem and Lisbon.