Over on Daryl Cagle’s blog, he’s posted the more controversial cartoons about the Virginia Tech shootings as well as the many gripes about them (scroll down). The two cartoons that are creating the most ruckus are Milt Priggee’s drawing of the letters “VT” drawn out in bodies as well as Rob Roger’s usage of imagery from the iconic and Pulitzer Prize winning photo of the Kent State shootings back in 1970.
Rob defends the use of the imagery:
I realized when I drew the cartoon that this might be a problematic image to use because it is so closely associated with the quelling of an anti-war protest. The Virginia Tech shooting has nothing to do with war or protesters, but it has now become the largest campus shooting tragedy in our history. The largest campus shooting up to this point was at the University of Texas in 1966. It is more closely aligned with Virginia Tech, but there is not one indelible image that comes to mind with the Texas shooting. I hope readers of my cartoon can look past the war context of the photo and focus on the emotional context.
Apparently some people couldn’t.