What’s Counterpoint?

Counterpoint is a twice-weekly email newsletter completely funded by subscribers for just $7/month. Enter the world according to Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonists — Democrat, Republican, Independent and IDGAF.

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Why political cartoons?

Last year was a tough one for political cartoonists. One of Counterpoint’s own award-winning artists lost his job after a cartoon criticizing the U.S. president’s approach to immigration went viral on Twitter, and some major publications—most notably the New York Times international edition—announced they’ll stop printing cartoons for good. No one else is working on new ways to keep cartooning alive, and that’s why we’re here.

Media companies’ margins are slim, and we don’t blame them for being ruthless in their quest to break even. But here at Counterpoint, we know the value political cartoons create. They have shaped our country from its earliest days (how could we overlook Benjamin Franklin’s Join, or Die!?), and they create the kind of political environment our country needs right now: a balanced, uncensored debate with enough humor to make these critical topics approachable for the dinner table, and to invite healthy discussions among friends. A nation divided by opinion cannot stand, but a nation composed of diverse opinions and lively debate will land on the best possible consensus. Cartoons can help us get there.

But here’s the catch: Counterpoint is a small business, too. In this global health crisis, advertisers are hesitant and marketing budgets are slimming down. 

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Who are the cartoonists?

Counterpoint’s resident cartoonists include Lisa Benson, Ted Rall, Chip Bok, Darrin Bell, Kevin KAL Kallaugher, Scott Stantis, Mike Lester, Chris Britt, Michael de Adder, Nate Beeler, Rob Rogers, Rick McKee, Patrick Chappatte, Nick Anderson and Michael Ramirez. You may have seen their work in other award-winning publications like The Economist, The New York Times, Fox & more.