June 1, 2008 |
Amid global catastrophes, (famine, cyclones, tornadoes, the Democratic nominating process), a former spokesman threw the book at President Bush, even as the current spokeswoman filed countercharges. Matt Davies penned the perfect review. Rob Rogers used his space to draw a cosmic connection between little green men and blue-state hopefuls. And Tom Toles tapped into America's endless supply of oil-price laments with an ironic gem. -- Joel Pett
November 15, 2009 |
Sometimes cartoonists are clever, lighthearted cutups. Other times we labor over life-and-death matters, solemnly assessing senseless slaughter, harping on healthcare, conceptualizing on abortion. Nate Beeler grimly traced the roots of fundamentalist fury across the global divide and back. Dan Wasserman chewed out Democrats for choosing compromise. And Matt Davies' off-the-wall medical treatment recalled a Cold War classic from the Great Communicator. This week, weighty trumps witty.
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.
June 20, 2010
I write this week from the annual confab of political cartoonists in Portland, Ore., where the cocktail chatter (OK, we're more the beer type) is all about the difficulty of focusing on anything other than the monstrous BP calamity. But cartoonists never lose sight of the really important stuff: like war. Scott Stantis made somber note of a dubious Afghanistan military milestone. Matt Davies gazed into his McChrystal ball, but saw no peace, just chaotic conflict since time immemorial.
August 1, 2010
It's no family secret that cartoonists love to gig Uncle Sam's Big Brother about the clandestine clan and their Keystone cop-ops. So reports of the byzantine national security apparatus and trillions (okay, tens of thousands) of pages of leaks on Afghanistan delivered a double-whammy of ammo to the doubters who deal in ink by the double-barrel. Matt Davies and I both did a number on double-talkers and double-dealers who can't do the numbers. And Ed Stein's Page 1 news flash was no boost to boots on the ground.
April 12, 2009 |
Cartoonists, wielding our mightier-than-the-sword weapon of choice, went after WMD this week. Yet another mass shooting in a tragic season of spree fever had Matt Davies fingering the gun lobby. Tom Toles went ballistic, lamenting the lame international response to Kim Jong Il's ill-fated satellite (or was it?) launch. And I took aim at targeted military cuts with an in-your-face rendition of the president's just deserts. I gotta stop being so cynical -- or at least slow the rate of increase.