January 31, 2010
As President Obama addressed the bigs (wigs, shots, cheeses, enchiladas), cartoonists communicated to the little people, the rankled and filed, the unwashed and unhappy masses with newsprint on their ever-pointing fingers. Steve Sack hung his art in a largely polarized gallery of the small-minded. Tom Toles' big-budget big-screen patrons opted for less-than-optimal optometrics. And I spoke freely about the injudicious branch and big-dollar elections -- corporate dollars can never get too big to flail against.
January 17, 2010
Prospective cartoonists take note: It's all about perspective. Tom Toles' wisecracking biblical reference may not leave you in stitches, but it's provocative. Dana Summers puts a humanitarian disaster of biblical proportions into sober, humbling context. And Pat Bagley carries on about coach-class warfare. Remember the Good Book quote: "It's easier for a camel on the no-fly list to get a hypodermic needle through a TSA checkpoint than for a Goldman Sachs exec to enter the kingdom of heaven."
October 18, 2009 |
No politically tainted Nobels for cartooning, but still plenty of prize pieces. Ted Rall's drone-straddling Obama suffers from Dr. Strangelove flashbacks. Give Ted a ribbon for ribbin'. Tom Toles, who never phones it in and always captures the clever subtext, deserves the economics comics honor. And Matt Bors' long, drawn-out offering displays no patience with long, drawn-out solutions. He takes the medal for meddling with the commander in chief's mettle. -- Joel Pett Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky.
July 5, 2009 |
Sometimes it's good not to be center ring in the media circus. While the kings of pop-culture journalism scramble to meet round-the-clock deadlines, and the Web denizens deify and denigrate, cartoonists can reflect a bit, even blend tribute and peripheral commentary. Matt Davies handed in an iron-fisted Iran-focused gem. Tom Toles slid by with a topical optical illusion. And I hungered for the memory of one of music's truly altruistic (if ultimately all-too-unrealistic) events.
June 21, 2009 |
Cartoonists are unabashedly pro-free speech, and they'll bash anyone who would prohibit it. Dan Wasserman's networking reporters demonstrate that highhanded electronic surveillance works both ways. Tony Auth's authoritarian exposes the naked truth about a tangled web. And Tom Toles impressively free-hands about freelancers and press freedom -- we like free speech, but not so much those long sentences. -- Joel Pett
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.