Mar 3, 2019

Serious Cartoons

I've always been a fan of cartoons: editorial, political, humorous, the simple, one scene, one frame, cartoon. The drawings are usually stick figures with exaggerated features, mostly in black and white. Now that all newspapers are online, sometimes the images will have color.  

What I like most about the medium is that with a few words and very simple images, the messages, the ideas, the suggestions, can be significant, they can be profound. The cartoons can be emotional, loud, they can anger and/or provide comfort - the topics an expansive breath of the good, the bad, the ugly. At times of national sadness and mourning, a simple cartoon can provide great comfort.  I still have Mike Lukovich's 9/11 cartoon from the Atlanta Journal Constitution hanging on a wall. The Statue of Liberty in tears. 

I subscribe to a great magazine, The Week.  With every edition they include a 2 page spread called "Picks of the week's cartoons" and I look forward to seeing what subjects, ideas, topics have been covered nationwide. The other magazine that has great cartoons, The New Yorker. 

One cartoon that caught my attention in this weeks edition of The Week, I'm including below and it was a coincidence that it's from the Atlanta Journal Constitution and by Mike Lukovich again.  It ran in the newspaper on 2/22/2019. It's titled, I got dibs on March. 

When I saw the cartoon, my reaction was, WOW.  How can such a simple drawing, speak on some many levels. Every person seeing the image, with a different reaction and interpretation

For me the immediate thoughts: the state of affairs in the world, the state of affairs in the US, the idea of how 1 person(s) can influence such horrific oppression on humanity, the idea that for some, oppression and control is like a board game. Countries, populations, citizens, the environment, mere game pieces to move to and fro. 

At the same time, I was taken by the suggestion of the White House being referred to as a timeshare property and all that this conjures up. The building that represents so much in the US, our democracy, the principles of the founding fathers, the house of the President, up for grabs, under contract perhaps, with a revolving door. 

The interpretations can go on and on and on. 


Certainly not all cartoons are about serious topics. Including another Lukovich about the SuperBowl recently held in Atlanta. 

When President Bush passed away, thisLukovich cartoon ran a few days later in the AJC in early December of last year.   It is titled "Together Forever."