December 6, 2009
After painstaking deliberation, deep thought and much eraser gnawing (cynics might say dithering), every cartoonist in the free world weighed in on the Afghanistan war escalation last week. But it's one thing to draw up a plan, quite another to execute it. Pat Oliphant delivered a spectacularly expansive and daunting mountainous quagmire-scape. Steve Sack's grim reaper counted down to an arbitrary flag-draped deadline. And Adam Zyglis re-raised a wartime classic, planting the president's buildup banner on some pretty shaky ground.
October 25, 2009 |
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 Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky.
February 15, 2009 |
For cartoonists of a certain age, it used to be so simple. There was us, and there were the pigs: crony capitalists, clueless chauvinists and head-banging cops. For the capitalists, like Pat Oliphant's sloppy bankers or John Sherffius' morphing Wall Street icon, the symbol is making a comeback, not that it ever went away. As Steve Breen demonstrates, bacon-bearing politicos have been the place-holders for the unflattering visual sobriquet for years. Pork chops anyone? -- Joel Pett
February 1, 2009 |
And the lifetime achievement award goes to ... Pat Oliphant. Among cartoonists, there is really only Oliphant and everyone else. No one else could capture that dreary soup-kitchen line and its foreboding background with such sad, stark clarity. Or as antiseptic an operating room invaded by such ridiculously villainous blaggards. And only Oliphant's unique combination of whimsy and genius could elevate the Blago-Gandhi gag to Zen perfection.
March 7, 1992 |
Pat Oliphant, who has been called the country's wittiest political cartoonist as well as the most influential, has taken aim at six Presidents during the past quarter-century. All six are represented in a traveling exhibit of his working sketches, finished cartoons, posters and sculptures that opens next week at the Fullerton Museum Center. "Oliphant's Presidents: 25 Years of Caricature by Pat Oliphant," features Richard M.
May 9, 1990 |
Jim Davis, creator of fat cat Garfield, has been named Cartoonist of the Year for 1990 by the National Cartoonists Society. After six years as a nominee, Davis of Albany, Ind., won the Reuben--the cartoon world's equivalent of the Oscar--for the cynical, overfed Garfield, featured on television specials and many novelty items as well as newspaper cartoons.