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  •  I love that diary btw... (6+ / 0-)

    I don't know if you have ever shared your background and interest in cartoons.  I would love to hear it.

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    by princss6 on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 04:05:51 PM PST

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    •  Thanks princss6 (5+ / 0-)

      I have been interested in editorial cartoons since I was a teenager.  In particular, I became fascinated by the wide range and styles of many editorial cartoonists when I spent almost a decade studying international relations in several universities, including one of my grad schools in England.

      I had the opportunity to examine hundreds of political cartoons for a few term/research papers at the Library of Congress, convenient for me as I live in Washington, D.C.  These were from the period when the shape of the world order we live under was being determined by not only two World Wars but also the decades-long Cold War.  Later, as I worked for several presidential and statewide political campaigns, my interest intensified in domestic politics, something hard to avoid if you live in D.C.

      As I've mentioned in comments from time to time in my weekly diary, editorial cartoonists can frequently capture the essence of issues far better than many of the best op-ed columnists in major newspapers.  Quite a few of the cartoonists, like Jim Morin of the Miami Herald and Tom Toles of the Washington Post, also sit on their papers' editorial boards and have a fair bit of influence.  

      One last thing.  Here's a composite of two comments I made a few weeks ago in which I shared a few more of my thoughts on editorial cartoons

      Editorial cartooning is an art, not some cut and dried technical subject to be viewed in a technocratic, clinical fashion.  Far from the simplistic assumption that they're meant to be funny, this is hardly the case as I've periodically mentioned in my weekly diary.  It is not a coincidence that most cartoonists have a background in the social sciences and humanities (disciplines that better understand human relationships) and not in the hard sciences.  

      As I wrote in this diary

      Editorial cartoonists evoke a wide range of emotions -- laughter, anger, outrage, remorse, disgust, surprise, irony, fear, and sadness, to name a few.  They capture the absurdity of domestic politics better than thousands of written words by op-ed columnists and editors of the most influential newspapers or talking heads on cable television.

      Here's Editorial Cartoonist Chris Britt of the State Register-Journal in Springfield, IL -- whose cartoons I've posted dozens of times in diaries and comments -- in a video below explaining his approach in which he essentially says the same thing

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