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The meaning of life <cartoons, etc.> ... an evolving thread

 
 
msolga
 
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Reply Fri 21 Jan, 2005 08:35 am
Good stuff, panzade!
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panzade
 
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Reply Fri 21 Jan, 2005 08:43 am
Watch out msolga , you'll only encourage me. I'm fascinated by Pol Cartoons.
May I post a treatsie by Herblock?
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 21 Jan, 2005 08:45 am
You may post whatever helps illuminate, my dear.... however much of it you like! Very Happy
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 21 Jan, 2005 08:48 am
..... & so can anyone else! Feel free.
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panzade
 
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Reply Fri 21 Jan, 2005 08:53 am
http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/herblock/cartoon.html

THE CARTOON BY HERB BLOCK


In one of Charles Schulz's Peanuts strips, Lucy announces that she's going to be a political cartoonist "lashing out with my crayon." Just as Charlie Brown asks the subject of her work, she strikes the paper with such a bold stroke that it snaps her crayon in half. "I'm lashing out," she says, "at the people who make these stupid crayons."

I don't believe in the Lucy method of deciding first to "lash out" and then picking a convenient target. But as a person with definite opinions, she might have done well to stick with cartooning anyhow.

A wide range of work comes under the heading of editorial or political cartooning today, including gag cartoons on current topics. I enjoy many of these and usually put some fun into my work. But I still feel that the political cartoon should have a view to express, that it should have some purpose beyond the chuckle. So what I'm talking about here is the cartoon as an opinion medium.

The political cartoon is not a news story and not an oil portrait. It's essentially a means for poking fun, for puncturing pomposity.

Cartooning is an irreverent form of expression, and one particularly suited to scoffing at the high and the mighty. If the prime role of a free press is to serve as critic of government, cartooning is often the cutting edge of that criticism.

Detail from Herblock's What--Us tell fibs of some kind?We seldom do cartoons about public officials that say: "Congratulations on keeping your hands out of the public till," or "It was awfully nice of you to tell the truth yesterday." Public officials are supposed to keep their hands out of the till and to tell the truth. With only one shot a day, cartoons are generally drawn about officials we feel are not serving the public interest. And we usually support the "good guys" by directing our efforts at their opponents.

For people who think political cartoons are inclined to be negative, a good explanation is in the story of the school teacher who asked the children in her class to give examples of their kindness to birds and animals. One boy told of how he had taken in a kitten on a cold night and fed it. A girl told of how she had found an injured bird and cared for it. When the teacher asked the next boy if he could give an example of his kindness to nature's creatures, he said, "Yes ma'am. One time I kicked a boy for kicking a dog."

In our line of work, we frequently show our love for our fellow men by kicking big boys who kick underdogs. In opposing corruption, suppression of rights and abuse of government office, the political cartoon has always served as a special prod -- a reminder to public servants that they ARE public servants.

That is the relationship of the cartoonist to government, and I think the job is best performed by judging officials on their public records and not on the basis of their cozy confidences.
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panzade
 
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Reply Fri 21 Jan, 2005 09:02 am
Then my parents had a little book in their library ...a book of cartoons by Bill Mauldin. I was hooked.


"Joe, I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages"

http://ww2.pstripes.osd.mil/02/nov02/mauldin/images/_maul13.jpg
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 21 Jan, 2005 08:41 pm
Interesting, panzade! Very Happy
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2005 09:39 am
http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2005/01/23/wbpettycartoon_gallery__550x395,0.jpg
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msolga
 
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Reply Mon 24 Jan, 2005 08:08 am
http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2005/01/24/cartoon_jan25_gallery__550x332,0.jpg
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msolga
 
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Reply Wed 26 Jan, 2005 10:13 pm
http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2005/01/26/2701_toon_gallery__550x389,0.jpg
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 27 Jan, 2005 11:22 pm
http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2005/01/27/frimoirtoon_gallery__550x383,0.jpg
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 29 Jan, 2005 11:10 pm
http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2005/01/29/3001_toon_gallery__550x447,0.jpg


Humility: the Oz way. :wink:
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panzade
 
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Reply Sat 29 Jan, 2005 11:19 pm
Lovely
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 29 Jan, 2005 11:21 pm
Yes, we are, aren't we, panz? Laughing
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panzade
 
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Reply Sat 29 Jan, 2005 11:27 pm
Yes we are.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 29 Jan, 2005 11:35 pm
Laughing
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 30 Jan, 2005 05:06 pm
http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2005/01/30/wbpetty31_gallery__550x396,0.jpg
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msolga
 
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Reply Tue 1 Feb, 2005 08:15 am
http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2005/02/01/cartoon_0202_gallery__550x389,0.jpg
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msolga
 
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Reply Tue 1 Feb, 2005 08:30 am
http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2005/02/01/cartoon_gallery__550x346,0.jpg
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panzade
 
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Reply Tue 1 Feb, 2005 08:45 am
http://cagle.slate.msn.com/working/050131/ofarrell.gif
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