Saskatoon

U of S to honour editorial cartoonist Brian Gable

The Saskatoon born artist will receive doctor of letters from the University of Saskatchewan.

Artist to receive honorary doctor of letters

Brian Gable got his start drawing for the University of Saskatchewan student newspaper. (Rosalie Woloski)

If a picture is worth a 1000 words then the work of Brian Gable would equal a library full of text. Gable has worked as a full-time editorial cartoonist for the last 35 years.

He grew up in Saskatoon and got a job as cartoonist at the Regina Leader-Post in 1980. 

One day you might do a very serious cartoon about a tragedy and the next day you're doing something about a mayor who is supposedly abusing drugs.- Brian Gable


Gable was hired by The Globe and Mail in 1987 and has been drawing cartoons for the national paper ever since.

He has tackled everything from the federal party leaders to Rob Ford to the Charlie Hebdo shootings.
"One day you might do a very serious cartoon about a tragedy and the next day you're doing something about a mayor who is supposedly abusing drugs," said Gable.

As a cartoonist, Gable says he tries switch up his approach. "I always use the analogy of pitching... and as a cartoonist you have to mix your pitches up." 

As an artist, he's received awards for his work but also threats. One of the first times was when he worked in Regina and made a cartoon about the conflict in Ireland. He said the recent shootings at Charlie Hebdo in France remind people that sometimes it's not just a threat. "Humanity goes from one to 10 for a capacity for violence."

Gable to receive honorary degree

The University of Saskatchewan will award Gable with an honorary doctor of letters during the school's fall convocation on Saturday.

In the 1970s, Gable studied fine art at the university. He says his first "real editorial cartoons" were published there in the student newspaper, The Sheaf. 

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