Take Your Political News With A Spoonful of Sugar With msnbc.com Cartoons – iPad App Review

Most people like a bit of satire peppered in with their political news. It makes an otherwise frustrating topic easier to swallow. MSNBC knows this and has been delivering our medicine in the form of humorous cartoons for years now. See hundreds of perfectly rendered satirical cartoons from the likes of Darly Cagle, Jim Day, Cam Cardow, and more. All cartoons are fantastically optimized in HD quality for the iPad.

Users can view the one-panel cartoons by date, political affiliation (either liberal or conservative) and by cartoonist. If you have a favorite illustrator, you’ll probably find his work in this app. There are more than 65 different cartoonists represented.

You can view cartoons individually by tapping on the thumbnail image. Each comic can be viewed manually or set to a slideshow. They can also be sent through email, posted to Twitter or Facebook, and saved to the “Favorites” list. You can rate the cartoons, vote on them, and leave comments from a direct link to the Web.


While it is a lot of fun to be able to view up-to-the minute political cartoons, this app doesn’t work as well as it should. The Blog feature doesn’t work at all. Many of the cartoons won’t let you access the comment and rating feature. If you try to watch a slideshow of the cartoons, most of them don’t load properly before the slideshow switches to the next cartoon.


The good news is that these cartoons are updated on a regular basis. The topics are current and there are a lot of new ones added every day. If you are a political junky who likes to poke fun at the government, or the kind of person who needs a little satire to brighten your political mood, then this app has plenty of satire to keep you going for a long time.


What I liked: The cartoons are clever and humorous. I like the ability to select from specific cartoonists and separate the liberals from the conservatives.

What I didn’t like: It hasn’t been updated since 2010. There are lots of glitches with this app, but the developer doesn’t seem to care enough to fix them.

To buy or not to buy: It is a free download. Even though many of the features don’t work properly, it is still a great app for checking out political cartoons.

  • Name: msnbc.com Cartoons HD
  • Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
  • Category: News
  • Developer: Cagle Cartoons Inc.
  • Price: Free
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