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Kal Media

Upcoming Events

Kal will be addressing a diverse number of events in the weeks ahead.


September 13: New York City Exhibition opening at NYU. Details coming

October 15, Public Lecture, Perry Hall Library 2PM



March 1 Key West

March 23-24 UNC

April 18 Marquee ball Creative Alliance

June 3 Oceans Summit Portugal


January 22: Kal will be giving a talk at the Studio gallery Washington DC titled "From Pen to Pixel" 6-8PM

January 29: Kal will be addressing the Yale International Relations Association

February 1: Kal will be one of the featured speakers at TEDx Jackson Hole, Wyoming


March 5, 2011, Kal will be a featured speaker at TEDx Warwick in Warwick,England

December 4, Kal will be a speaker at the World in 2011 Festival In New York City

October 7, Kal will be addressing the 21st annual TechNite at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore

November 2, Kal will share the stage with The Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) for an Election Day Extravanganza at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore

November 12 An Exhibition of Kal's Cartoons titled "Drawn fron The Economist' will open at the Cartoon Museum in San Francisco

On January 28, Kal will be the Featured speaker at the Southwest Florida Speakers Assembly at Bonita Springs.

On February 12, Kal will one of the featured guests at the Generations Forum, a conference sponsored by The Economist in Geneva, Switzerland.

On February 19, Kal will be a featured speaker at the Warwick Economic Summit at Warwick University, UK.


January 2010

Kal has been making a variety of media appearances in conjunction with the launch of the 2010 wall calendar for The Economist. You can listen/view some of the clips online via the links below:

Kal on CSPAN

Kal on WJZ morning TV

Kal on WYPR (NPR) Radio

November 2009

The Economist is pleased to announce the publication of its first ever wall calendar. Written and illustrated by Kal, the calendar is a rich tapestry of facts, artwork and humor that would make a perfect gift for all.

The calendar is available for order online at our bookstore. If you have inquiries regarding special orders please feel free to contact us via email.

December 17, 2009

The Board game

If your financial indicators are looking down, there is one way to pick your spirits up. Play "Credit Crunch", the new board game launched in this week's Christmas double edition of The Economist. The game (designed and created by Kal) is also available to all online. Go to:


to download the board, currency, playing cards, rules, and player icons.


November 2009

Kal Sculpture of Obama

Kal was recently awarded a week long Artist-in-Residency at The Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University His brief was to create a sculpture commemorating the 2008 Presidential campaign while interacting with members of the Duke community. Kal's piece titled "Race 2008" features a running Barack Obama bursting through a barrier.

The Duke Chronicle wrote an article about Kal's project that you can read here

You can view photos from Kal's project at his blog here.



From November 10-14 Kal will be an Artist-in-Residence at Duke University’s Sanford Institute for Public Policy. As part of his time on campus, Kal will be creating a sculpture to commemorate the 2008 Presidential campaign. The University will then have the option to cast the clay sculpture to add to its permanent collection.

The Sanford Institute will also be holding a forum titled “Laughing at Power: Satire in American Politics” on Tuesday November 11 (See Poster above). It will feature Kal, the great North Carolina cartoonist Dwane Powell as well two staff members of the “Daily Show”, Kevin Bleyer and Adam Chodikoff. The forum is Free and open to the public.


I am very excited to announce the launch of an exciting new website. USDemocrazy.net is the creation of students and staff at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The site is fun and informative, using cartoons, animation and playful language to help address and explain the complexities of our democracy.

My team at USDemocrazy set out to capture the color and character of each of our 50 states. To help in this endeavor, we contacted the very best experts in each state-The Political Cartoonists-to be our first contributors. With their help we have built a growing data base of fun and important information.

Check out the short introduction video below:


The site is an interactive venture. We are still looking to add more information on each state and expand our state animations (I have finished 32 so far). Check out the site and offer your insights.

KAL on CNN International

During his recent visit to London Kal was a guest on "International Correspondant" a weekly show highlighting the work of prominant journalists. You can see a video of the show here.


KAL in London for Satire Event

Campaign cartooning:
Discussing how the art of satire shapes the political landscape

John Major’s underpants. Brown as Stalin. Obama as Osama. These images, as much as anything, show how a politician’s career can be made, or broken, on the back of public perception. With the US elections almost upon us, there is unprecedented opportunity for the art of satire to shape public opinion.

Kevin ‘KAL’ Kallaugher (celebrating 30 years as The Economist's political cartoonist) and Henry Naylor (creator of TV’s ‘Headcases’ and ‘Spitting Image’ head writer) will discuss cartooning, campaigning and chicanery and explore how art can be used to interest, excite and intrigue any audience.

Politics will never look the same again.

The evening will start with a 45-minute discussion on political cartooning, including time for audience questions. This will be followed by a hands-on, interactive cartooning session conducted by KAL, where members of the audience will see first hand the process of political cartooning.

This discussion will be chaired by Krishnan Guru-Murthy (Channel 4 News)

Date: Thursday 2nd October
Time: 7-8.15pm (Event will start promptly - please arrive 30 minutes early for registration)
Venue: Congress Centre,
28 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS (nearest tube Tottenham Court Road)

This event is free. To register, please email campaigncartooning@stockholm-network.org


KAL election season appearances

The 2008 Presidential campaign is already supplying the satirist with copious material... and much to talk about.

Kal will be making a host of public appearances in the months ahead to talk about the craziness of the election season. If you are near New York or Philadelphia, you can see Kal perform with Second City in "The Art of Satire". Go to www.Artofsatire.economist.com for more details.

Kal will be a featured guest at The Newseum in Washington DC on Saturday October 25. He will doing his "Stand up cartoonist routine" as well as taking questions from visitors, signing books and supplying a few suprises. More info will be forthcoming.

If you are near London, Kal will be part of a forum on Satire and the elections on October 2, 7:30PM at the Congress Centre. More information will be forthcoming.

Kal and Second City in Philadelphia

Tickets are now on sale for "The Art of Satire" on October 7 at Philadelphia's fabulous Kimmel Art Center.

Sponsored by The Economist, the show features sketch comedy, interactive animation, live drawing lessons and more. Tickets are moving fast so I suggest that your reservations soon.

Go to http://artofsatire.economist.com/ for more information.


Kal at The GOP Convention

I will be posting some drawings from my adventures with the Republicans in my Sketchblog. Some samples below.



KAL at the Conventions

Kal will be present at the Republican and Democratic conventions contributing a daily sketchbook for The Economist's website Economist.com. You view the cartoons HERE


KAL in the Media

For the editorial cartoonist, the US Presidential campaign is a special time. There is plenty of material for commentary being produced by the politicians on daily basis. It also brings alot of attention to our craft from television and print media as to how the visual satirist is dealing with the campaign brouhaha.

You will find here in the months ahead interviews and newstories about Kal, cartoons and the campaign season. The first, below is from the Hong Kong Economic Times... in Chinese.

Kal at the 2008 Political conventions

Kal will be at the Republican and Democratic National conventions contributing to the online and print versions of The Economist. You will be able to see his sketches at The Economist's US politics blog "Democracy in America" or at www.Economist.com.

KAL in China

Kal has returned from a fascinating trip to Hong Kong and central China as a member of an international jury of cartoonists for the annual Asian Youth comic and animation festival (AAYAC) in Guiyang. For more information please see Kal's SketchBlog.

During His visit to Hong Kong, Kal addressed the Foreign Correspondants' Club and held a interviews with CNN Asia and a variety of other media outlets.

You can view Kal's CNN interview Here

You can listen to a radio interview with Kal here ( scroll down and select Economist cartoonist-Kal).

After Kal returned from China, he joined WAMU radio (NPR affiliate for Washington DC) for a sitdown with Kojo Nnamdi for an interview. You can listen in here. (Scroll down to the third show)

New Dates fot Art of Satire

The dates are fixed for the next show for "The Art of Satire". This special cooperative effort between The Economist and the Second City visits Philadelphia Tuesday October 7 at the Kimmel center's Pearlman theater. For more information go Here.

Kal in London

The Economist is Planning a special pre-election event in London titled Campaign cartooning: How the art of satire shapes the political landscape on October 2. This event is open to the public and will feature Kal and other special guests. Details of venue and time will be forthcoming.

New Digital Puppet

The new Digital John McCain has arrived. You can expect some special animations in the months ahead featuring innovative uses of our newest character.


KAL and Motion Capture

Check out news about Kal's recent real-time satire performance in San Francisco here

Kal has teamed up with PhaseSpace, a San Francisco bay area motion capture (Mocap)company for a unique project. PhaseSpace is on the cutting edge in the race to create high quality, versatile, and competitively priced mocap systems. Kal utilised Phasespace's advanced system in his most recent animation featuring Hillary and Obama. In the film, Kal donned a mocap suit to help animate the characters. You can see a short film here that briefly explains and displays the mocap system in action.

Kal and PhaseSpace are now embarking on a novel project. They intend to use PhaseSpace's full body motion capture system in a live performance. During the upcoming "Art of Satire" event in San Francisco on June 26 Kal will unveil his new John McCain digital character who will come to life with the aid of PhaseSpaces motion capture system.

Stay tuned for more information and press coverage of the event.

Kal in Azerbaijan (Read of Kal's adventures here)

June 15-22 Kal will be giving lectures and holding an exhibition of his work in Baku, Azerbaijan as part of cultural visit sponsored by the US Embassy. Kal will be contributing daily posts to his sketchblog during his visit as well as drawing his weekly cartoon for the Economist from Baku.

Kal Summer Exhibition

A small selection of 40 Kal cartoons are on display through the Fall at the Carroll mansion museum in Baltimore. Visit their website to get more information and directions.

Kal Portfolio

The new Porfolio section of Kaltoons.com is now up and running. You can view a great collection of 150 of Kal's cartoons from throughout his career including over 40 of his covers from The Economist as well as color illustrations and editorial cartoons.


Kal comes to San Francisco

Kal will once again team up with the fabulous Second City players for the stage show "Art of Satire" presented by The Economist. The show will be in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Arts Center in the downtown Mission District. For more information log onto www.artofsatire.economist.com.



May 2008

Kal has a channel on Youtube where you can see all of his films and animations. You can view them here:


Recent additions to the page include a series of videos created by The Economist to celebrate Kal' 30th anniversary with the publication. The first three of the series tell the stories of Kal's favorite covers from over the decades and the joy and challenges of drawing Margaret Thatcher and Bill Clinton.


April 2008

Kal and Second City complete first leg of Tour

Packed audiences enthusiastically greeted shows in Atlanta and Durham of "The Art of Satire". The shows were the first in a series of appearances around the country for this collaboration between The Economist and Second City.

Kal and Second City Director Mark Warzecha were interviewed by NPR's Frank Stasio prior to the show. You can hear the interview here. The Raleigh News Observer did a nice article previewing the show.

Kal to speak at National Archives

Kal will be delivering a lecture at The National Archives in Washington DC May 8. More info Here


KALtoons webpage updated

Welcome to the newly updated Kaltoons website. In the days ahead new features will be available to visitors including plenty of news and information pertaining to Kal's new adventures in animation and his Satire tour with Second City. Books, prints and artwork will be available in his updated Bookstore. A new Sketchblog will allow Kal to post his musings and his rough concept art.

Stay tooned for more!!!


KAL Exhibition Currently on Display

Duke University School of Public Policy

Kal's celebrated exhibition fromThe Walters Art Museum "Mightier Than the Sword;The Satirical Pen of KAL" travels to Durham, North Carolina for an extended display at Duke Rubenstein Hall. The exhibiltion is currently slated to reside at Duke through the 2008 Presidential campaign. For information call:919.613.7394

KAL's most recent collection KAL Draws Criticism is now avilable in select bookstores or online here

Hear KAL

During a visit to San Francisco this past spring, Kal was a featured guest at the Commonwealth Club. He participated in an interesting panel discussion with Bay are cartoonists Tom Meyer and Mark Fiore. You can listen to the discussion HERE









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