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Not a pretty picture

Cartoonists Marco de Angelis, Joel Pett and Joe Heller look at three aspects of people in need.

November 29, 2009

This week, cartoonists ate, drank, gave thanks, exchanged recipes on making mincemeat of turkeys, and ignored Grandma's pleas to maintain family harmony by avoiding politics. Prompted by Rome's World Summit on Food Security, Marco de Angelis poignantly illustrated that food may be a weapon but not vice versa. I lamented the lunacy of a planet of want, and Joe Heller ruefully marked just how little humankind has evolved. Artists are grateful for the basics: food, water, shelter, compassion and irony.

-- Joel Pett

Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. His work also appears in USA Today.

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