The second issue of Canada Post’s editorial cartoonist series honours award-winning artist Brian Gable, whose work over several decades is widely lauded for making Canadians laugh and reflect.
Gable has been drawing his witty cartoons for daily newspapers for more than 40 years, including more than three decades as the editorial cartoonist for the Globe and Mail. He earned degrees in fine art and in education and penned his first published editorial cartoon for a student newspaper while in university. In 1977, he began freelancing editorial cartoons once a week for the Brockville Recorder and Times while teaching high school art in Brockville, Ontario. In 1980, he became an editorial cartoonist for the Regina Leader-Post, where he worked for seven years before joining the Globe and Mail in 1987.
Gable captures the voices of average citizens in his cartoons and how they see decisions made by the powers that be. He regularly uses satire and sarcasm to highlight important issues facing our country and the world. He has won seven National Newspaper Awards for editorial cartooning. In 2018, he was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada. His citation said he’s “a legend within the editorial cartooning community” and that his work “embodies our national sense of humour, namely our ability to laugh at ourselves and our institutions.”
The colourful Gable stamp features a piece of art fellow editorial cartoonist Terry Mosher, who will be featured on tomorrow’s issue, called his favourite Canada Day cartoon “ever.”
“It pictures a beaver drinking a beer, seated on his Muskoka chair, waving a flag – but a smallish flag (unlike say the Americans on July 4th),” Mosher tweeted on Canada Day in 2018.
Yesterday, the five-stamp set was launched with an issue celebrating Serge Chapleau, the editorial cartoonist at La Presse.
The other three stamps in the editorial cartoonists set will pay tribute to:
- Terry Mosher (Montreal Gazette, Oct. 6);
- Duncan Macpherson (Toronto Star, Oct. 7); and
- Bruce MacKinnon (the Chronicle Herald, Oct. 8).
A live panel discussion with the cartoonists and Ian Macpherson, Duncan’s son, will be held online on Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. (ET). Register for the webcast here.
The editorial cartoonist stamps and collectibles will be available via canadapost.ca and postal outlets across Canada on Oct. 8.