Meet the Artist: Political Cartoonist Andrew Cox

Meet the Artist: Political Cartoonist Andrew Cox

2:15pm Jul 29, 2014
Radio Camper Maiya Parnell speaks with political cartoonist Andrew Cox about his craft
Sara Chisesi

Andrew Cox is a political cartoonist who just recently graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Studio Art. Andrew's cartoons have been featured on Camel City Dispatch's website and the Winston Salem Journal. He sat down to speak with Radio Camper Maiya Parnell.

On a humid cloudy morning, I was approached by Andrew. He was wearing a plaid shirt, cool thick glasses, khaki shorts, and he had a huge smile on his face. Later on that morning, I sat down with Andrew to talk about his passion for drawing political cartoons.

 
I'm always engaged with issues that are really important things that are going on. It forces you to pay attention to everything that's going on in the world around you. I also really like challenging people whether or not they agree with me. It's really interesting to see the responses that political cartoons generate.
 
 
As Andrew told me more about his career, he mentioned that people often call him mean and biased, so I asked him why do people think that political artist are mean people and here's what he said.
 
My goal isn't to spread more hate and animosity. My goal is simply to state my opinion, to challenge people to think. I don't hate anyone, but there are people who say things that I don't agree with and I let it be known in my work. 
 
 
Being a political cartoonist isn't easy and neither is selling a comic strip, so I wanted to know if Andrew had any advice for people that wanted to pursue this particular career.
 
You always hear the joke about starving artists and I don't think that's true. I think it is a matter of applying yourself. I think it's a matter of working hard and it's a lot of networking, meeting the right people, not being afraid to talk to the right people.
 
 
For more information on Andrew, visit andrewdavidcoxartist.com. For 88.5 WFDD Radio Camp, I'm Maiya Parnell.