What South Asian Americans Lost When We Canceled Apu

A Comedian’s Special—And My Experience as a Simpsons Fan—Point to the Good, the Bad, and the Complicated When It Comes to Representation

“Bring Back Apu” is a new comedy special from Akaash Singh, the 38-year-old Indian American comedian who wants The Simpsons to revive the Springfield Kwik-E-Mart owner. For nearly three decades, Apu was voiced by the white comedian Hank Azaria—until a backlash forced Azaria to give up the role.

In the 2017 documentary, The Problem with Apu, South Asian American comedians Kal Penn, Aziz Ansari, Aasif Mandvi, and Hasan Minhaj famously spoke of the ways Apu’s character was weaponized to bully them when they were children. So why does Singh want to bring back …

David Clarke

The Comic Book Creator Wants Cartoon Superheroes to Look Like the Kids Who Revere Them

At 5:09 p.m., I receive an email from Off Shoot Comics’ co-founder, David Clarke: “It was hard to find, but I made it to the Red Door! I’m just chilling …

Those Jingoistic, Nationalistic, Patriotic Cartoons

From World War I to the War on Terror, Cartoons Have Served as Propaganda, Entertainment, and Political Tools

Cartoonists are propagandists and satirists, artists and writers. They make us laugh—in recognition and shame—and enrage and offend. At an “Open Art” event co-presented by the Getty in conjunction with …

You Don’t Have to Make Enemies to Make Powerful Cartoons

The Best Drawings Illuminate Rather Than Humiliate

“Where do you get your ideas?”

“Can you tell us about cartoons you’ve had censored?”

“Is there a line you won’t cross?”

And more recently: “Don’t you wish American satirists could take more …

A Cartoon Is a Deadly Weapon

Why Simple Drawings Can Spur Unrest, Fatwas, and Shootings

Cartoons make us laugh. But they can also make us feel anger and powerlessness, fear and loathing. In early January, Al-Qaeda gunmen unleashed a brutal attack on the offices of …

El Capitan Theatre

Where Movies Remain Old-Fashioned Magic

The pipe organist has slowly, dramatically descended back into the floor and out of view, while two giant rodents scamper mischievously onstage, tugging at the soon-to-be-parted curtains. Our 3 1/2 …