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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/24/2009

When Obama Apparently Doesn't Lean Left...

By Michael Cavna

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.


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By Michael Cavna  | April 24, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
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RE: 6 Chix

So, why does the Post online still use this attribution:

"by Isabella Bannerman, Margaret Shulock, Rina Piccolo, Ann Telnaes, Kathryn LeMieux, and Stephanie Piro"

Posted by: MSchafer | April 24, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Six Chix is as blatant a case in tokenism as the Washington Post Magazine's XX column. There's not enough space in the comics for women writer's so a whole bunch of them have to split one meager check six ways.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 24, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Would it be too much to ask for a link to the actual news story about the Six Chix article instead of the home page? That article ran on April 20 and is not even on the first page.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 24, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

one extra point in favor of the right handed obama.

if the cartoonist draws a left handed pitcher, he must show the back of the president, missing not only the details of the coiled stance ready to deliver a pitch, as the climax in the drama that is a throw to be released from the mound, the expectation of what's going to reach the plate.

if beeler draws a left handed pitcher and chooses to show the president's face and his motion suspended, he must place obama on the right side of the picture, altering the composition that goes best with the flow of reading.

having obama on the right side first so our eyes travel fluidly to the right to find the fan's commentary is the best option.

so let's give beeler the license to alter president's anatomy for the sake of a good cartoon and a wonderful composition.

Posted by: garrixtoonz | April 25, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

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