Drawing Political Lines: The Great Cartoon Debate of 2016

About the event:

Just as election fatigue set in, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences gave campaign-weary voters a boost with an entertaining event pitting two editorial cartoonists from different ends of the political spectrum against each other in a live debate. David Fitzsimmons, the liberal drawing darling of the Arizona Daily Star, took on Scott Stantis, conservative cartooning poster child from the Chicago Tribune. The two took to the stage at the Loft Cinema in Tucson to analyze the election from the perspective of satirical cartoons, poke fun at each other and everyone else (especially the presidential candidates), and answer questions from the moderator and audience.

The debate was moderated by Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, who “drew out” lessons about the role of satire in democracy and the importance of humor in diffusing political tension and promoting civil discourse. Most importantly, the cartoonists (who are actually great friends) demonstrated that people can be strong in their views and yet respectful of others.

About the cartoonists:

David W. Fitzsimmons, known to many as“Fitz”, is the editorial cartoonist, and humor columnist, for the Arizona Daily Star, where he has worked since Geronimo was a paperboy in Tucson, Arizona. Fitz is syndicated to over 800 news publications - which is timely since there are only 800 newspapers left in the world at this time.

Scott Stantis joined the staff of the Chicago Tribune in 2009. Scott's editorial cartoons are syndicated to over 400 newspapers around the world. They have appeared in such varied places as Newsweek, US News and World Reports, Nightline and Guns & Ammo. His current comic strip, Prickly City, was launched in 2004 and appears in over 120 newspapers.

October 10, 2016


The Loft Cinema

3233 East Speedway Boulevard

Tucson, AZ 85716



Monday, October 10, 2016 - 7:30pm