AIG Bonus Brouhaha: Who Draws the Most Interest?
Controversy over the AIG bailout -- and bonuses -- has spawned its share of names for what AIG "really" stands for, such as:
Absolutely Into Greed.
Ain't Immorality Grand?
And my personal fave, which jokingly imagines secret Swiss bank accounts:
Already in Geneva.
Perhaps nothing fuels a superior political cartoon like extreme emotion, be it exultation, tragedy or -- in this case for many -- white-hot rage.
With that sound and fury in mind, 'Riffs spotlights four recent editorial cartoons that -- like Jon Stewart verbally pile-driving Jim Cramer -- provide a moment of psychological catharsis. Do you have a fave -- one that reflects your feeling and seconds your emotion. Then, please, by all means: Vote for it below.
ELSEWHERE IN POLITICAL CARTOONING...
Days of rumors ultimately proved true: Robert Ariail, editorial cartoonist for the State in South Carolina and a two-time Pulitzer finalist -- has resigned from the newspaper rather than be reduced to working part time.
Alas, political cartoonists seem to be falling from their perches at an almost weekly rate now.
TIME FOR "TRAIL WATCH":
Today's "Mark Trail" apparently attempts to answer the age-old Stereotypical Casting question: Which entertainment cliche is meant to be more "sinister" -- baldness or hirsuteness?
No-Goodnik No. 1 -- aka the Jeffrey Tambor stand-in -- initially looked menacing, but today looks more pensive. "Sensitive" fella that he is, he wants to go the greed route -- swift and clean.
Meanwhile, No-Goodnik No. 2 , with sideburns and heavy brow, looks like a fugitive from a '70s cop show -- we half-expect to see Mannix or Dan-O hot on his tail. He's quieter -- but apparently more dangerous if they can corner poor little Rusty by the back-alley Dumpster.
So for today, at least, the verdict is in: "Mark Trail" deems Hairy Man more sinister. But tune back in tomorrow -- over a long plot line, the answer could change daily.
The morning-after: To catch up to yesterday's slew of St. Patrick's Day-themed strips, my fave had to be "Frazz," with a type of twist I hadn't seen before. Cheers.
AND FI-NAL-LY: AN IMPORTANT PROGRAMMING NOTE...
Comic Riffs is now on Twitter. Well actually, Comic Riffs has been on Twitter since we launched last summer, but now we're especially on Twitter -- as in, we'll more often send cartoon-news updates. (Yes, actual news--nothing about our [yawwn] dreadful-dull personal routine.) In fact, I plan to have a bit o' interesting news later today.
So to sign up for our updates, just go to Twitter.com/comicriffs and click-up as a 'Riffs "follower." Heaven knows, most journalists not named David Gregory or Brian Williams can use a few more "friends" about now.
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