October 17, 2010
Cartoonists sift through mountains of information, mine the deepest layers of the mediasphere, seeking to strike that one golden nugget of truth and then extract it and amalgamate it into irony. Pat Oliphant used the headline-grabbing Chilean rescue to undercut underhanded underground business. In a lighter vein, Matt Davies blasted the cast of caricatures hoping to be elected this fall. And Jeff Koterba's undersized rescue vehicle conveys a metaphorical message that doesn't augur well for financial markets.
October 10, 2010
In all the Hollywood journalism flicks, is there a more famous one-liner than the one in "All the President's Men" when Hal Holbrook tersely directs Robert Redford to "Follow the money"? It's truer now than ever. Bruce Beattie reminds us of the judicial branch's role in off-the-charts political spending. Dan Wasserman turns up the heat on big "tea party" donors. And Gary Varvel burned the president for deficit spending ? tight in his own backyard tour. So much for the checks. On to the balances.
October 3, 2010
So editorial cartooning is a solidly old-school medium. But in between penciling, inking and erasing, we blog, tweet, scan, clone and otherwise electronically alter. And we try to keep our characters up to date. Jeff Danziger's texting-while-strafing piece is a killer. Jim Morin is no hack, as his schoolboy e-warrior demonstrates. And Scott Stantis doesn't phone it in, calling out the Obama/Biden administration for its oh-so-Bush/Cheney tendencies. I guess cartoonists draw both Dubya and Obama with oversized ears for a reason.
September 26, 2010
We cartoonists put on our thinking caps, noodle about shades-of-gray matters, then offer our opinions in black and white. We don't keep a lid on anything. And we try not to talk through our hats. Pat Bagley deserves a Halliburton deal for his hilarious homophobic headgear. Signe Wilkinson thoroughly covers the subject of our right to self-expression. And Nick Anderson twists the upstart GOP right into so many cartoon balloons. Hats off to all for their updated dunce caps. -- Joel Pett Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky.
September 19, 2010
Golden State politics provide cartoonists with golden opportunities. According to Rex Babin, ex-Governor Moonbean's excoriation of an ex-president's extracurricular exploits excited Meg Whitman, the ex-EBay exec. The San Bruno gas-line explosion blasted a statewide wakeup call, which Tom Meyer put in his pipe and smoked. And for escapists looking to avoid depressing news, there's always Fantasyland, if you can get by Steve Breen's eighth dwarf. Of course, the Magic Kingdom will gladly accept your gold card.
September 12, 2010
First, a personal note. My condolences to the family of former Los Angeles Times cartoonist Paul Conrad, a true giant of our ink-stained trade. Paul never shied from speaking his mind; he was widely admired, deservedly decorated and will be long missed. On to the cartoons. Last week, I showcased American cartoonists' reaction to the drawdown in Iraq. Now, some views from the rest of the world. Paresh Nath, of the United Arab Emirates, connected the economic dots. Israel's Moshik Lin rolled out a defeatist attitude.