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Michael de Adder

Canadian Editorial Cartoonist

Michael de Adder, Canadian Editorial Cartoonist

Michael de Adder is a Canadian editorial cartoonist. He was born on May 25, 1967. He is a past president of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists and is on the board of the Cartoonists Rights Network, International. He was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in 2002 and won the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists‘ Golden Spike Award in 2006 for the best cartoon killed by an editor.

Early life and education

Born in Moncton, he attended River view High School. He then graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1991. While at Mount Allison, he began drawing cartoons for The Argosy, the school’s student newspaper.

Cartoon © Michael de Adder
Cartoon © Michael de Adder

Career Life

De Adder began his career working for The Coast, a Halifax-based alternative weekly, drawing a popular comic strip called Walter world which lampooned the then-current mayor of Halifax, Walter Fitzgerald. This led to freelance jobs at The Chronicle-Herald and The Hill Times in Ottawa, Ontario. In 2000, he began working at The Daily News of Halifax until its closure in 2008.

Cartoon © Michael de Adder
Cartoon © Michael de Adder

Michael de Adder cartoons

His work appears regularly in the National Post, Maclean’s, The Chronicle-Herald and the Moncton Times & Transcript. His work is syndicated in North America through Artizans.com. He continues to be a weekly contributor to The Hill Times as well as to Canadian Metro dailies. He draws approximately ten cartoons weekly and, at over a million readers per day, is considered the most read cartoonist in Canada.

Cartoon © Michael de Adder
Cartoon © Michael de Adder

He is a past president of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists and is on the board of the Cartoonists Rights Network, International.

Cartoon © Michael de Adder
Cartoon © Michael de Adder

In June 2019, de Adder had his freelance contract with the Brunswick News terminated following his drawing of a cartoon criticizing U.S.President Donald Trump’s border policies. The Brunswick News issued a statement saying that they had not been offered the cartoon and that the decision to replace de Adder with another cartoonist had been made some weeks previously.

Cartoon © Michael de Adder
Cartoon © Michael de Adder

Awards

He was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in 2002 and won the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists’ Golden Spike Award in 2006 for the best cartoon killed by an editor.

Cartoon © Michael de Adder
Cartoon © Michael de Adder

Publications

  1. debook. Montreal, Que.:Transcontinental.2007.
  2. You Might Be From Nova Scotia If …. Lunenburg, N. S.: MacIntyre Purcell Publishing.2013.
  3. dePictions. Halifax, N. S.: Nimbus Publishing.2013.
  4. Drawing Opinions: MacKinnon, DeAdder & More: Cartoons and the Stories that Inspire Them.Halifax, N. S.: Chronicle Herald. 2013.
  5. You Might Be From New Brunswick If …. Lunenburg, N. S.: MacIntyre Purcell Publishing.2014.

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