How to turn the tide on ‘cartoonist’ trolls

A comic artist who became the target of a barrage of racist online abuse has been forced to delete his own work, a move that will be met with a mixed response in the art world. 

The cartoonist, named David Pakman, posted on Twitter that he would be shutting down his blog, the Cartoonist’s Corner, and all of its social media accounts.

He later told The Guardian that he did not delete the posts, but he had been warned by police that doing so could put him in legal trouble.

Pakman has made more than 20 cartooning videos for Cartoon Network, which he founded in 2008, including the award-winning Cartoonist of the Year series that ran on Cartoon Network in the US for a year.

The cartoons include a parody of the US presidential campaign, and feature scenes of politicians speaking.

Pakmans latest cartoons have attracted the ire of some on the far right, who have called him a “Nazi” and “Nazi sympathiser”.

A series of posts by Pakman that included anti-Semitic and Islamophobic slurs, has also caused widespread outrage. 

He has defended his actions on Twitter and said he was disappointed in the backlash, but added that he had received more abuse than any other day on his blog.

Pakmen has said he had taken down his posts after he received death threats and abuse, which included messages about his life and his family. 

“I am sorry for the pain caused, I am also sorry that the backlash has led me to the decision to shut down the blog,” he said.

“I have removed all the posts I have made on my blog since I received the death threats.

The reason I did this was because I did not want to be a target of hate, and I have been told that it is OK to harass and make anti-semitic and anti-Muslim comments on my blogs, however I have always defended myself from that criticism.”

He added that his “stupid comments” on Twitter had also been “disturbing to some”. 

Pakman, who is black, has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, and has appeared in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

His Facebook page has been flooded with messages of support, with many people praising him for his work and urging him to make a change.

Pakmian said he would not be deterred by the vitriol.

“I will not stop making cartoons.

I will continue to publish them, and there will be no censorship,” he told the Guardian. 

This is not the first time a cartoonist has faced the ire and anger of the far-right. 

In 2015, a series of cartoons by cartoonist Joe Mixon called Black Lives Matters protesters “stolen” led to the cancellation of his book, which was later made into a film. 

Despite criticism from his own family, Pakminson said he did make an effort to stay out of politics. 

But he said that people who called him racist were not the same people he faced online.

“People are not racist if they do not see me as racist,” he added.

“People are racist when they see me doing a good job, and they are racist if I don’t give a damn.” 

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