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October 7, 2008 9:12 AM   Subscribe

Thomas Nast, Honoré Daumier, Bill Mauldin, David Low, Theodor Geisel, Herblock, and good grief, more Herblock! In honor of some sort of election that's apparently coming up, Comics Should Be Good! will be featuring one ink-stained satirist every day this October! Visit the Stars of Political Cartooning Month Archive for daily updates.
posted by Alvy Ampersand (12 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Gah! The over-labeling! It hurts!
posted by Artw at 9:29 AM on October 7, 2008


Though, to be fair, I’d have no idea what the historical ones were about without all the labels all over the place. But isn’t the point of theses things to be instantly recognizable throwaway items that work within their time and context?

I think theres an essay by Steve Bell out there where he harshes on the labels eloquently and at length (as opposed to my reaction of “Gah! Hate labels”)
posted by Artw at 9:36 AM on October 7, 2008


Aha, here we go.
posted by Artw at 9:37 AM on October 7, 2008


Thanks for this post.
posted by interrobang at 9:38 AM on October 7, 2008


This one, by Bill Mauldin, rings particularly true today. Unfortunately.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 10:32 AM on October 7, 2008


Thanks for that article, Artw.

Full Disclosure: I love labels.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:35 AM on October 7, 2008


Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index is current political cartoons.
posted by Bitter soylent at 10:42 AM on October 7, 2008


Full Disclosure: I love labels.

The figure on the left is labeled “label lover”, the figure on the right is labeled “Artw”, between them is a piece of paper labeled “cartoon with labels”. The figure on the right stabs it with a knife labeled “Hate”. The sound effect reads “Stabbity-stabbity”, the caption underneath reads “I hate labels”.

Still, good post. Apologies if my label-hate makes it seems like I’m pooping it a little.
posted by Artw at 10:54 AM on October 7, 2008


I was so pleased to learn of Theodore Geisel's political cartooning during WWII! Go Dr. Suess! Until the one about all those slanty-eyed Jap-Americans waiting for the signal from Japan. Disappointing.

Cool post, though.
posted by longsleeves at 11:14 AM on October 7, 2008


The interesting thing about Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index is that is has RSS feeds for categories, like "European Cartoons" or "International Cartoons".

I've noticed that the amount of cartoons in the "Conservative American Cartoons" has dropped significantly, while "Liberal American Cartoons" has grown quite a bit.

I don't think that's because Daryl Cagle has changed, though.
posted by DreamerFi at 11:15 AM on October 7, 2008


Here's one for the label-haters. Great post, though, it's full of excellent work.
posted by echo target at 11:41 AM on October 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


Apologies if my label-hate makes it seems like I’m pooping it a little.

Not at all, Artw; actually, that Pain -- When Will It End? cartoon nails why I like labels so much, they allow the cartoonist to shoehorn whatever message they're pushing into the most ridiculous/opaque image.

"So, the toaster is the government, and the smoke is tax dollars?"
"Nooo, the smoke is the public trust, the crumbs are the tax dollars."
"I thought those were ants."
"Well, that would be stupid."
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:53 AM on October 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


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