Cartoonist Bruce Plante Brings Spirit and Craftsmanship to Sand Springs Museum | New
Bruce Plante tried to use one of his editorial cartoons to explain the concept of satire to a class of children once.
The cartoon showed Bernie Sanders as a caveman running for president. The young people did not understand.
“Come on,” Plant cajoled. “You don’t really think Bernie Sanders is THAT old, do you?”
But perhaps children aren’t the best audience for satire, a tool of choice for cartoonists, who tend to prefer subtle humor – the kind they don’t have to hit you with. the head.
In his youth, Plante drew caricatures for a living. Once, while drawing and selling caricatures at Six Flags over Texas, an obviously very religious woman sat down for a portrait.
“It was the end of a long day and I was pretty tired,” said Plante, who spoke Saturday to a cheering group at the Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum.
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In what was perhaps an unfortunate choice, he drew the somewhat racy woman in a martini glass. Before he knew it, she had knocked him out with her wooden purse, he said.
That’s probably why Plante turned to journalism — it was safer.
Perhaps best known in those parts as an editorial cartoonist for the Tulsa World for 13 years, Plante, 67, began drawing editorial cartoons while in college.
He is now a syndicated cartoonist for Cagle Cartoons Inc., which has more than 850 subscribed newspapers worldwide, including the Tulsa World and Sand Springs Leader.
In 1989, Plante created the syndicate PlanteInk, which distributed his editorial cartoons to up to 100 subscribers in the United States and around the world. The website contains his complete archive.
Plante spoke at the museum on Saturday as part of its current exhibit, “Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons,” which continues this week.
He discussed his process as an artist, touched on the rare times a publisher refused to print one of his cartoons, and told the audience what subject he was still off limits to: abortion.
Of the purpose of editorial cartoons, Plante said, “The main thing is not to be funny. The main thing is to make a statement.
The museum, at 9 E. Broadway St., is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.