BATON ROUGE -- Louisiana’s Old State Capitol will host a program featuring Denham Springs resident and Livingston Parish News cartoonist Fred Mulhearn and his new book, “Looziana Political Cartoons: The Best of Fred Mulhearn.”

The “brown bag lunch” program will be at noon on Friday, Sept. 7, at the Old State Capitol. 

Museums Systems Head Mary Durusau will discuss the book and editorial cartoons in general with Mulhearn. He also will answer questions and will be available for book signings.

TV personality Leo Honeycutt will be the master of ceremonies.

This program is in conjunction with the traveling exhibit, “Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons.”

The show’s collection belongs to the Melton Gallery at the University of Central Oklahoma, which has housed this set of political cartoons for more than three decades.

The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 29, is a collection of early 20th century editorial cartoons from newspapers throughout the country.

Mulhearn is a freelance cartoonist, who former Secretary of State Fox McKeithen gave the unofficial title of “Louisiana’s Own Cartoonist.”

His editorial cartoons have been featured in Louisiana newspapers, including The Livingston Parish News since April 2016 and The Advocate from 1985-2013.

His new book contains over 300 cartoons dating back to 1980 – all about Louisiana politics – grouped in chronological order by governors.

All five former governors provided blurbs for the back cover of the book. 

Gov. Kathleen Blanco said, “Fred Mulhearn’s cartoons are often provocative, upsetting, annoying, amusing, insightful, uplifting, and funny – sometimes all in the same cartoon!”

Gov. Bobby Jindal, with tongue firmly in cheek, says it was his privilege to provide “so much good material” for the cartoons.  

Gov. Edwin Edwards also calls the book “a treasure of cartoons [that] will make a great addition to your library...”

Mulhearn’s first book, “Life in Looziana,” was released in 2011.

Although known primarily as a political cartoonist, the book was non-political. 

Mulhearn said “Life in Looziana” contains cartoons and commentary about what makes Louisiana “different, unique, and sometimes just plain weird.”

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