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A thousand words

March 11, 2007|-- Joel Pett | Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.

Last month, I lauded the alternative-toon crowd for their on-point (if sometimes verbose) panels and chided my mainstream media cohorts for squandering think time and ink time on stink-time celebrity death, celebrity crime and bad-celebrity-haircut cartoons. Well, to be fair and balanced, for all their uproarious, free-wheeling irreverence, the alt-toon clan can't hold a pencil to the daily draftsmen when it comes to understated graphic simplicity. Whether it's the president's prying, the vice president's prevaricating, the pretenders' pandering or a pundit's profanity, we do more with less. And that's a fact, more or less.

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