Mike Keefe: Editorial Cartoonist

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Editorial cartoons are comics in the paper that tell the personal opinions of the cartoonist about controversial issues.

Editorial cartoons are comics in the paper that tell the personal opinions of the cartoonist about controversial issues.

They are usually ironic and humorous but can open your eyes to certain issues going on around the world or in your country.

Mike Keefe is an editorial cartoonist, who worked for the Denver Post until a few years ago. At first, Keefe wasn’t all that interested in cartooning.

He got a Masters in math and joined the Marines but never stopped doodling.

“It was just a hobby.” He says about drawing. “But I realized I was good at it.” Soon, however, the hobby turned into a job.

His work at the Denver Post added humor and color to an otherwise dull page. Keefe mocks the mainstream (which he is proud not to be apart of) with jokes like “Peyton Manning will fix the economy, stop the wars, end world hunger, and make America great again!”.

Keefe has insightful and entertaining comics as well as skillful illustrations.

“It only takes thirty minutes.” He says of the illustration process. “The faster I go the more I like it.”

Mike also likes to exaggerate perspective.

The pillars on the Capitol Building might be too tall, for instance, and the top might stick out too much. While other cartoonists might make roads perfectly straight, Keefe likes his drawings more when they are not perfect.

Keefe’s style also helps portray the idea he is trying to get across. For a comic that is supposed to look uplifting, his strokes are lighter, with more white spots then dark.

For a blunt, here’s-how-it-is kind of comic, he uses heavy, black lines and more of them.

To see Keefe’s animations go to Youtube and type in MikeKeefeCartoons or his website mikekeefeintoon.com.