Cartooning Texas: One Hundred Years of Cartoon Art in the Lone Star State

Cover illustration, by Ben Sargent, from Cartooning Texas: One Hundred Years of Cartoon Art in the Lone Star State.

Political cartoons in Texas often focus on hotly contested, controversial, and colorful political campaigns—usually for the governor’s chair. In Cartooning Texas: One Hundred Years of Cartoon Art in the Lone Star State you will meet a fascinating array of flamboyant politicians, ranging from the controversial Governor Hogg to the remarkable Pappy O’Daniel.


Cartooning Texas: One Hundred Years of Cartoon Art in the Lone Star State is both a cartoon history of Texas politics and a history of political cartooning in Texas.  It tells the story of one hundred years of events in Texas from 1890–1990 in a form that is wonderfully visual and precise. This exhibition serves as a compilation of the visual commentaries of journalists about the issues and people most important to Texans during the one hundred year period. Cartooning Texas features political cartoons and informative text. Panel topics include:

  • Perils and rewards of woman suffrage
  • Governor vs. legislature
  • Governors vs. University
  • Opposition to labor unions
  • Land speculators
  • Insurance scandals
  • Billie Sol Estes
  • Sharpstown Bank Scandal
  • No-pass/no-play
  • Collapse of Texas banking industry
  • Defense cuts
  • Ann Richards

Cartooning Texas is an exhibition developed by Maury Forman and Robert A. Calvert for the Center for Texas Studies at the University of North Texas with support from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Exhibition Format

Content5 double-sided panels (37.5” x 25.5”)
6 support legs (68” tall)
Space Requirements80 square feet of floor space (8’ x 10’)
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 2 plastic cases:
  • 41” x 29.5” x 10” - 73 lbs.
  • 80” x 10” x 7” - 29 lbs.
Rental Fee*$250*
Rental Period4 weeks

*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.

Publicity Materials

Press release

Cartooning Texas press release.

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2022-2023 Bookings

Kurth Memorial Library
Lufkin, TX

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