When Obama Apparently Doesn't Lean Left...
If it's Friday, it's time for Comic Riffs's latest reading list.
First off, we're compelled to soak up NATE BEELER's striking Washington Examiner cartoon of Obama as reliever for the Nats. Namely, we are struck by the beautiful toon for several reasons:
1. The clean, fluid composition.
2. The amusingly drawn chatting fan (subtle shades of Jim Borgman rendering Reds fans).
2. The fact Beeler has drawn the physicality of a pitcher's motion especially deftly. (Such precision doesn't come without some serious study.)
4. The fact that Obama -- contrary to this cartoon -- is LEFT-handed.
Beeler is far from the first cartoonist to depict Obama as a right-handed. Last year, a fair number of cartoonists would assume the president-to-be's right-handedness, especially when signing some document or another. But here, it feels like quibbling, because the rest of the cartoon is so right.
Besides, if a big Hollywood film like "Field of Dreams" can alter what hand Shoeless Joe Jackson throws with (and on which side he bats), we'll allow Beeler the creative liberty. Once.
The Daily Cartoonist reports that BENITA EPSTEIN has joined the lineup of cartoonists for "Six Chix." ... And here's an early image from "Partly Cloudy," the animated short that's scheduled to run in theaters before Pixar's new "Up.".
| April 24, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
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