Etta Hulme knew how to ruffle some feathers.
The former Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial cartoonist had a history of pithy cartoons that both delighted or angered readers.
To mark an extraordinary exhibit of her work at the University of Texas at Arlington, this editorial page will feature her legendary cartoons each Sunday in the coming weeks.
“She was a very liberal cartoonist, but she was a very excellent cartoonist,” former Star-Telegram Publisher Wes Turner said in 2014. “She could tell a story better in one frame than a writer could in a thousand-word story.”
A former Disney animator, Hulme worked freelance before starting a long career at the Star-Telegram in 1972.
Her last cartoon was published in 2008. Hulme died in 2014.
She was also a trailblazer — she even has a documentary saying so — for being one of the few prominent female editorial cartoonists in the business and the first woman to be a full-time editorial cartoonist at a major metropolitan newspaper.
In short, she was an icon.
Now many of her famed cartoons will be on display in our neighborhood. Not only are we running some of them on our Sunday opinion section, but the University of Texas at Arlington is exhibiting Hulme’s work on the 6th floor of the UTA Central library.
It’s free to the public and worth the trek to Arlington for a laugh or two.
“Drawn to Politics — The Editorial Art of Etta Hulme” is currently on display. For more information, call 817-272-3393.