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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/11/2009

Sonia Sotomayor: Creator Explains His Controversial Piñata Cartoon

By Michael Cavna

Comic Riffs recently posted the controversial cartoon about Sonia Sotomayor -- in which she, as a strung-up piñata, awaits a wallop from GOP elephants -- and we invited you to vote with your reaction. Of the 500-plus respondents, 42 percent said the cartoon was "no big deal" and 41 percent thought it "just plain stupid"; only 16 percent found it "offensive."

Since then, CHIP BOK, the creator of the cartoon that appeared in the Daily Oklahoman, has given interviews about his intentions. Here's a CNN clip of Bok explaining his rationale -- you can be the judge as to whether his reasoning holds up.

Bok, by the way, wasn't the only professional political cartoonist to depict Sotomayor as a piñata. So, too, did MILT PRIGGEE, in which he attempts to portray the GOP as the butt of the joke -- in this cartoon.


PAT BAGLEY (courtesy of

Utah's PAT BAGLEY satirizes our Twitter-ized culture most eloquently today -- in fewer than 140 characters. It, in fact, is our fave techno toon today this side of the comic "Speed Bump."

'SPEED BUMP' (Creators)Enlarge Image


THE TWITTER INTERVIEWS: "PvP" creator Scott Kurtz; political cartoonist Mike Thompson; and cartoonist.syndicator Daryl Cagle.

In Search of Audience, Some Cartoonists Try Twitter.

By Michael Cavna  | June 11, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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