Fave Five: The 'Best' Post-Chimp Political Cartoons
In the wake of this week's odious New York Post cartoon by Sean Delonas -- such an odoriferous whiff can linger for far longer than the "artwork" deserves -- Comic Riffs would like to turn your burning eyes toward some smarter, sharper political cartoonists. Cleanses the soul, if not the retina.
This is just a sampling of good work from recent days. These Fave Five selections all take on economic matters in artful ways -- if only to immediately remind us that even strong critics of the stimulus bill can "voice" their displeasure without going vile. Their points are well-taken, and no animals -- let alone human dignities -- are harmed in the making of the cartoons. To wit:
With nary a dialogue balloon or caption, JOHN SHERFFIUS speaks volumes about the Obama Plan:
Likewise, STEVE BENSON deftly splits this cartoon into a two-fer: He plays off of Obama's open admiration -- and stated inspiration -- in regards to Lincoln, while supplying the witty visual twist. As they said in Abe's day: "Huzzahs!"
NATE BEELER, too, mines the stimulus plan for a smart critical take. There's gold there, without dipping into the dross.
By bringing it all back home, literally, MIKE LUCKOVICH delivers the point shortly, sweetly -- as we bask in the schadenfreuden of this couple's mortage pain.
And speaking out of journalistic self-interest, if not truly national interest, this cartoon by DAVID HORSEY is a tangy thing of beauty. I only hope the Seattle P-I will survive in such a fashion that the talented Mr. Horsey will retain a perch from which to sling these tart darts.
Ahh, to be reminded of quality political cartoons is a balm to the brain. Thanks, o Gang of Five.
I had the distinct pleasure a few days back of meeting JEFF KINNEY, the writer/illustrator who's deservedly continuing to enjoy phenomenal success with his "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" book series. Kinney, who stopped by the Post newsroom, noted that you can find "Big Nate" Island -- an online presence for the Lincoln Peirce comic strip (which appears in The Post), at their site, poptropica.com.
Also: You can watch Kinney explain his writing -- from idea generation to character development -- to a bookstore crowd of smart young'uns in this video.
| February 20, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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