Print media

In modern print media, a cartoon is an illustration or series of illustrations, usually humorous in intent.

This usage dates from 1843, when Punch magazine applied the term to satirical drawings in its pages, particularly sketches by John Leech.

The first of these parodied the preparatory cartoons for grand historical frescoes in the then-new Palace of Westminster.

The original title for these drawings was Mr Punch's face is the letter Q and the new title "cartoon" was intended to be ironic, a reference to the self-aggrandizing posturing of Westminster politicians.

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