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Mr. Fish is Back in Town

Editorial cartoonist and illustrator Mr. Fish, a.k.a. Dwayne Booth, has landed in Los Angeles via his book tour. Mr. Fish is a regular contributor to Truthdig and Harper’s, though Angelenos may remember him best for his six-year gig at the LA Weekly. He was blacklisted by the alt-weekly back in 2010 for speaking rather candidly about what he viewed as the paper’s “obvious drop in quality,” but then, what else would you expect from a guy whose bread n’ butter is political satire and social commentary?

Point is, he’s mouthy, he came out with a book, and he’s in town to sign it. Where to find him:

* Thursday, 2/9, 7:00 pm
Revolution Books
5726 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

* Monday, 2/13, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
In conversation Robert Scheer, author of Playing President. Presented by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.
West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood

* Tuesday, 2/14, 7:00pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

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Cartoonist Recalls LA Weekly Muhammed Move

In the wake of 2011 book Go Fish: How to Win Contempt and Influence People, Philadelphia Weekly reporter William C. Smith recently caught up with the author, Dwayne Booth. The latter currently lives in Narbeth, Pennsylvania.

From 2003 to 2010, Booth–a.k.a. Mr. Fish–was a regular contributor to the pages of LA Weekly. In December 2005, as a commentary on the incendiary Danish cartoon controversy, he drew up an illustration of prophet Muhammed wearing a bombshell turban. The LA Times rejected the drawing, but LA Weekly said yes. Or so Booth thought.

After telling everyone at a San Diego cartoonist group event to pick up a copy of that week’s issue, the cartoonist discovered to his semi-dismay that the cartoon was not in the paper:

As Booth later learned, his Mohammed cartoon was pulled in a last-minute “stop the presses” order from the paper’s owner, Village Voice Media Group… The experience confirmed Booth’s longheld views on the media, free speech and dissent. “My being censored didn’t surprise me entirely, nor did it alter my expectations from those who control the mass media of this country. I’ve had cartoons about Bush, the U.S. military, Israel and the Pope pulled, too.”

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