Editor and Publisher has a story about an editorial cartoon by Mike Luckovich that includes the names of all 2000 servicemen and women who have died in Iraq.
“I was trying to think of a way to make the point that this whole war is such a waste,” said Luckovich, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Creators Syndicate. “But I also wanted to honor the troops I believe our government wrongly sent to Iraq.”
Luckovich told E&P that he spent 12 or 13 hours this past weekend writing in most of the names — roughly in the order of when the soldiers died. The Journal-Constitution’s publisher and various editors were also involved in the effort — checking that all 2,000 names were there, looking for spelling errors, doing a test printing to see if the names would be readable in the paper, and, when it looked like the names might not be readable, giving permission for the cartoon to be published much larger than Luckovich’s drawings usually appear in the Journal-Constitution.
The story also includes reports of reactions.