Laughing is an act as old as human history and it has a huge impact on human behavior and culture. Laughing with aesthetic and relaxing side, in the name of strictness in the social memory gives all flexibility. Thus, it makes social coexistence and cohesion possible. Today, humor magazines are one of the main media in which the elements of humor are reflected in print. Caricaturists, draw in these magazines, create unique laugh elements by feeding on culture and thus are instrumental in integrating society in the context of the act of laughing. The caricaturists feed on oral culture as well as written culture and transform these literary genres with humorous aspects of folk culture elements. In this way, elements of folk culture are updated and transformed and culture is provided without interruption. One of the elements of folk culture used by the caricaturists as a laughing material is the tradition of minstrelsy. Cartoonists such as Selcuk Erdem and Özer Aydogan adopt different aspects of the culture of love to the younger generations in ways such as "cultural deviance, contrast, misunderstanding, logic errors and inter-culturalism". These artists embrace the power of humor and create a portrait of a “tradition of love and minstrelsy” in young minds. Thus, cultural transmission is ensured by preventing media and technology from uniformizing culture and human lives through rapid content consumption and corruption. In this study, how the minstrel tradition, which has been negatively affected by the modern era and the media, is dealt with through cartoons; how the cartoons are fed from the minstrel tradition and how and how much they affect the collective culture will be examined in the context of the media, caricature and minstrel tradition.
Keywords: Minstrel Tradition, Cartoon, Humor Magazines, Updating Tradition