The Al Franken Clustertoon: Because Doggone It, People Like Them!
At first it seemed as if a couple of Al Franken cartoons were popping up with natural overlap. Then sharp-eyed comicsdc blogger Mike Rhode alerted me to a couple more and suddenly, Stuart Smalley spoof cartoons seemed to be as conspicuously frequent as bailouts, buyouts and "Saturday Night Live" "best-of" DVDs.
Here are three of the uber-similar examples -- a trend that suggests the most obvious Franken gag also proved to be the most seductive to cartoonists, too alluringly spot-on to refuse.
The Big Question here becomes: Do readers even care when so many cartoonists arrive at the same idea? (And of course, many readers only see the cartoons in their paper of choice.) When there's a stampede to a single idea, though, does it matter to you?
If you've got other FrankenToons you'd like to draw our collective attention to, then by all means: Share them links.
And speaking of Nate Beeler: This Riffster would be remiss if the blog didn't share this cartoon by him, precisely because it's generated some chatter. Here 'tis, and I'll leave the commentary to you:
| July 7, 2009; 12:05 PM ET
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