The Political Cartoon: Eyes Closed, Time Magazine Picks Its Top-10
Time magazine, in its swell of year-end lists, has selected its Top 10 Editorial Cartoons of 2008. To which Comic Riffs can only shake its head and wonder aloud:
Is this some sort of well-meaning prank? A mischievous lark or snark? A meta-joke in the mere selection of mostly pedestrian cartoons? Because if not, the larger question looms: What WERE you thinking? (If someone actually was.)
Granted, topical humor is about as absurdly subjective as, oh, a comics blog. And there are some very fine cartoonists on Time's list, including Bob Gorrell, Chip Bok and the Washington Examiner's Nate Beeler, whom I've championed as one of the field's bright young talents.
But still: THESE 10 'toons? Really?? I'd like to think that in any given WEEK, I could cull a stronger field.
You can check 'em out for yourself -- and 'Riffs is happy to hear your take. It's worth noting that at Alan Gardner's DailyCartoonist.com, even some fellow cartoonists find issue with these selections.
AND SPEAKING OF POLITICAL CARTOONISTS...
NPR reporter Sylvia Maria Gross -- who works for member station KCUR -- tells us she read Comic Riffs in order to report on the recent spate of editorial cartoonist layoffs. I'm glad to see this ongoing story get wider pickup. You can check out her report out of Kansas City, which centered on the Kansas City Star's Lee Judge. Notably, Gross quotes Judge as saying: "It's on everybody's mind -- How long is this profession going to last? How long are we going to be able to do this for a living?"
AND SPEAKING OF POLITICAL-CARTOONING LISTS...
Unlike Time, 'Riffs won't claim that these are the BEST political cartoons on disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. These are, however, the six cartoons that particularly caught my eye, for various reasons.
I leave it to you to determine what is "best." Which one of these half-dozen cartoons about the Obama-Senate-seat shenanigans is your favorite?
| December 16, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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