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Convention fodder

August 31, 2008|Joel Pett | Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.

Inside dope about convention cartoons: Most are dopey! No real news happens! Everything is painstakingly stage-managed and scrupulously scripted, so packaged journalism rules. One exasperating example: We devised dozens of cartoons of the peeved-off, power-mad Clintons show-stealing, but in the end they were, in fact, gracious and show-stopping. Still, Bob Gorrell's Photoshopped photo captured the milestone in black and white; Nate Beeler artistically cleaned Joe Biden's clock; and Tom Toles looked ahead to an explosive GOP affair in Minnesota. Doesn't John McCain have two houses there?

-- Joel Pett

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