Political cartooning today is challenged by two trends:
- The disintegration of intelligence and substance in politics
- The disintegration of taste and skill in drawing.
… But achieving a reliable likeness is not the goal of the best political cartoons. The real artistry lies in the caricature of that likeness, the expressive distortions, the exaggerations and visual liberties. These artist’s tools can help re-energize discussions that have become costive due to too many words. For example, consider these two marvelous statements by Matt Davies and Tom Fluharty.
… over the next several days I’m going to share examples that I think are excellent and deserve renewed appreciation.