The Rant: Improving "Prickly's" Rundown City
Art, and the beauty therein, may be in the eye of the beholder. But right now, we're beholdin' today's "Prickly City" and -- try as we might -- we're not finding a whole lotta beauty.
Now, to be fair, we have beheld some mighty fine editorial cartoons by Scott Stantis, particularly when they're published in color. He even does some pretty swell political caricatures, in our humble estimation. The man can draw. And deftly so.
Somedays, however, we're at a total loss to appreciate his "Prickly City" style. And, as the commenter "Julia" stated so well the other day: "Is it just me or has Stantis' art gotten even worse in the last few weeks?"
To be clear, we have nothing against the ultra-thin pen line. Wiley Miller, for one, wields a beautiful fine-line, and his single-panel "Non Sequitur" strips especially impress us with their crisp craftsmanship. "Prickly City," on the other hand, sometimes looks as if the nearest felt-tip pen was short on ink -- a Flair on its last legs. Which might explain why in today's strip, that critter has, well, no legs.
Commenters like Julia, and us, don't want to witness the overly loose version of "Prickly." Mahler can have unfinished symphonies; Winslow and Carmen, we want to see finished.
| August 21, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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