Graeme MacKay has had an online presence of his cartoons on the Internet since November 1996. The dust from his very first website can be seen in the deep recesses of the Internet Archives.
It wasn’t until 10 years later, in 2006, that the Hamilton Spectator, the newspaper where he has worked as editorial cartoonist since 1997, began posting his cartoons on its website thespec.com.
The domain name of this website was created in 2001, and regular daily updates have happened ever since. Of the several overhauls mackaycartoons.net has undergone this century, the most notable change happened when files were transferred from the previous host, Yahoo.com, to Bluehost.com, in 2013. It was in that same year WordPress became the site’s new platform for editing. When the website became mired in viral attacks in early 2017, it was determined that Bluehost’s security agent, Sitelock, where data from this website was channelled through for malware attack prevention, was doing quite the opposite. Sitelock’s remedy required a one time fee of $300 or so to fix, or a more affordable, yet still outrageous $74.99/month added security service (read Sitelock’s reviews here). A far better, less costly anti-malware service, may be found in Wordfence which is highly recommended. In August 2018, Bluehost ceased being this site’s host and SiteGround became the new replacement host service.
Several special showcases on this WordPress site include chronologies for former Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina, the late politician Jim Flaherty, Farewell John Baird, Farewell Tony Clement, Stephen Harper’s Majority years 2011-2015, Justin Trudeau, the Hamilton LRT debate, Hamilton’s stadium timeline, Ted McMeekin Gallery, Kathleen Wynne’s minority government.
There are often summaries written by Graeme after major events, including this one written on the day Barack Obama became the first black President of the United States, and when Donald Trump was inaugurated President in 2017, and when Doug Ford became Premier of Ontario in 2018.
2017 marked the 20th anniversary of Graeme’s position as staff editorial cartoonist at the Hamilton Spectator and an estimated 4500 illustrations have been created in that time. There is an extensive body of work that has been digitized prior to being hired in 1997. To find older cartoons from Graeme’s archives use the Archives drop down on the right column or enter keywords in the search box. Alternatively, visit an extensive archives of his work at Artizans.com using keywords. Feel free to contact Graeme if you can’t find what you’re looking for.