'Hello, Beautiful': How Long Till 'Obama the Joker' Posters Show Up Outside 1600 Penn?
This morning, Comic Riffs wrote about Heath Ledger's final act of art -- which was not an Oscar-winning performance, but rather an animated short. Still, of course, his Joker creation in "The Dark Knight" will stand as one of the several things he's most remembered for. Just ask the drivers and pedestrians of L.A., where a Joker-faced poster reportedly took seed at street-level before spiraling viral onto sites and chatter shows galore.
The anonymously spawned poster that morphs images of Barack Obama and Ledger's Joker -- with the word "socialism" printed beneath -- is continuing to pop up around the Southland and now across the country. And how long, really, till the poster pops up within Joker-cackling proximity of 1600 Penn? (If anyone's spotted versions of the poster closer than George Washington University, feel free to do tell.)
If nothing else, this poster proves two things. First: Some poster artists (are Shepard Fairey's 15 minutes up yet?) still love to appropriate Obama's image for fun, politics and profit. And second: Not all "political cartoonists" need a newspaper or a Web site to get their visual point across -- though this mashup will surely become a Rosetta stone for whatever else viewers want to see in it, politically and culturally. (In that way, interpretations could become as divided as they were over Barry Blitt's satirical 2008 New Yorker of the Obamas titled "The Politics of Fear.")
You can view LA Weekly's image of the poster HERE. And the mashup image is being appropriated all over YouTube, natch:
Lastly: We'd be remiss if we didn't note that Joker/Obama mashup visuals are hardly a new thing -- graphic artists have been doing so since at least the inauguration, if not before.
THE RELATED READ:
THE DARK KNIGHT: Who's the better Joker: Heath or Jack?
SKETCHBOOK: Building a better Obama caricature.
| August 5, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
Categories: Superheroes, The Political Cartoon
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