Friday Open Thread ~ "Who is your favorite political cartoonist ?" edition ~ Steve Brodner


Steve Brodner (born October 19, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York) is a satirical illustrator and caricaturist working for publications in the US since the 1970s. He is accepted in the fields of journalism and the graphic arts as a master of the editorial idiom. Currently a regular contributor to GQ, The Nation, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, Brodner's art journalism has appeared in most major magazines and newspapers in the United States, such as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, Time, Playboy, Mother Jones, Harper's, and The Atlantic. His work, first widely seen exposing and attacking Reagan-era scandals, is credited with helping spearhead the 1980s revival of pointed and entertaining graphic commentary in the US. He is currently working on a book about the presidents of the United States.

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with commentary to match.
Good on Brodner for not backing down.

Thanks philly

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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Rock Lover
3 hours ago
Translation of Lyrics

We want to keep on dancing
See our thoughts embrace our bodies
Spend our lives on a chord grid
Oh, no no no no no no
We want to keep on dancing
See our thoughts embrace our bodies
Spend our lives on a chord grid

We are birds of passage
Never docile nor really wise
We do not pledge allegiance
At dawn in all circumstances
We come to break the silence

And when in the evening on TV
The good king has spoken
Come to announce the sentence
We show irreverence
But always with elegance


Drive, subway, work, purchase
Self-attestation that we sign
Nonsense on prescription
And woe to the one who thinks
And woe to the one who dances

Every measure of authority
Every whiff of security
Sees our confidence vanish
They show so much insistence
To confine our conscience


Let's not be impressed
By all these unreasonable people
Sellers of fear in abundance
Harrowing to the point of indecency

Let's keep them at bay
For our mental health
Our social and environmental well-being
Our smiles, our intelligence
Let's not be without resistance
The instruments of their insanity.


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“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”

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enhydra lutris's picture

It's funny, there are those who are/were dedicted "political cartoonists", often with a dedicated spot in each edition of some particular publication and the thrust and import would always be "political" There were others who did strips and or single panels, who often had a political edge or thrust but who could equally be mocking fads and social customs. Gary Larson wasn't a "political cartoonist", but sometimes. Jules Pfeiffer was often really good.
Is this a "political cartoon? Dali-atomique1

or this? DaliStGeorge2

Often one would find or be led to a really good political cartoon, and, more rarely, something that was something of a revelation, causing one to see something else one hadn't.

You can see that I'm ducking the question, which relates to one of my mental deficiencies. I suspect that it is largely or more of a USian thing, but perhaps it is simply human, but from very early on we are taught and given to understand that we should have and pick favorites, some sort of variant of staking a claim or picking sides or joining a team. I dunno, never did. Pretty much never could get there.

I'm a little kid in some class and the teachere says "all right kids, I want each of you to pick your favorite color." At that point my eyes and face no doubt go as blank as my mind. Next comes the "assistive"
. "EL do you have a problem?"
"Yes. What is a favorite (color)?"
. "It is the one you like the most, ok?"
"Well, how do you figure that out?"

So I am momentously unsuited to answer your query. In fact, when I do answer such queries, analyze and parse the response carefully, it will be obstructionist, obfuscatory and a trick. Once at a private party they brought in a "magician' for entertainment. At one poin t the performer wrote something on a scrap of paper and put in his pocket. Now, he said, somebody give me their favorite number and I quickly called out "pi" knowing full well that he wanted an "integer"

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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who wasn't a "political cartoonist" but who had some of the best political content around.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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I'm not sure...but I do know my favorite political CARTOON of all time, hands-down!:


I honestly think this is the single best political cartoon of our time, because it shows the problem NOT JUST with Creationism (nobody even talks about that anymore, which makes you wonder), but just about every other issue you could name right now.

If we're going a bit beyond strict definitions of who who is/isn't a "political cartoonist", well, it's hard to beat Gary Larson. Dr. Seuss, of course, was also hugely impactful. More conspicuously "political" at times than Larson and more alive than Seuss would be the worthy Nicholas Gurewitch:

Oh, and how could I forget one of the best things the Internet ever did? POLANDBALL!:

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In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.