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Drawing on misery

War, poverty and inequality provide the dark inspiration for cartoonists Steve Sack, Steve Breen and Pat Oliphant.

October 25, 2009|Joel Pett | Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. His work is also published by USA Today.

War. Poverty. Inequality. In the annals of advocacy journalism or, indeed, human history, could there be a more intractable triad of stubborn antagonists? Steve Sack evokes seasonal ghoulishness as he lends context to Uncle Sam's tangled position in Afghanistan. Steve Breen's poignant cartoon balloons overflow with sadness. And Pat Oliphant's presidential protestations fall hard in the Big Easy. War, poverty, inequality -- we all pay the price. Check, please.

-- Joel Pett

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