Monday, April 13, 2009

Waging W.A.R. & fallout from the "Ash-hole"

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis

Yesterday worked up two new editorials, shown here, while sitting at LuLu's over coffee and getting the creative juices flowing. Not sure where either will wind up; awaiting response from editors after emailing out the preview thumbnails. You saw 'em here first...
The "W.A.R." panel refers specifically to our Governor's nomination of one Wayne Anthony Ross to the position of Alaska's Attorney General. It's things like this little maneuver that make me seriously ponder the mental stability of our governor, if not doubt the motivations behind such transparent panderings to extremists/i.e. her political base. Genuinely scary enough of a event to get me doing some intense citizen email lobbying and calls-to-action out, but given the apathy and ignorance of most folks, I'll as usual reconcile myself to lobbing art from the cage. I really like the recycling of Palin's now-infamous "lipstick on a pit-bull" line from her failed run at the V.P. slot, plus the "lipstick on a pig" rejoinder from Obama - now applied (literally) to this context.

If there's one basic rule of thumb in doing editorial cartoons I'd have to say learning how to caricature old, overweight white males is crucial; after a while they just start to all blend together visually, like the same haircut, same style, length and part etc. Regardless of their party affiliations or policy positions, candidates like Obama and Palin represent something new to draw for once, a little break in the stereotype routine. Keen eyes will note the morphing of casings scattered about, and I just had to poke at the ironic usage of the US flag as a tie (inspired from a resulting Google Image Search on Ross), which is a pet peeve of mine.
Use of the Flag in Jewelry, Commercial Products, Wearing Apparel, and Advertising

"The Flag Code addresses the impropriety of using the flag as an article of
personal adornment, a design on items of temporary use, and item of clothing.
The evident purpose of these suggested restraints is to limit the commercial or common
usage of the flag and, thus, maintain its dignity.
The Code also states that the flag should never be used for
advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever."
The other panel here refers to the increasingly nutso antics of Sarah Palin, combined with Mount Redoubt's recent volcanic activities casting an equally dismal pall over the state. I don't think anyone'll pick up on the subtle name-game with "redoubt" linked with some resident's buyer's remorse over Palin, but that's ok; this image could actually be mothballed until the next in an unending series of WTF moments in Alaskan politics.

"Except for half a dozen in each town the citizens are proud of that achievement of ignorance which is so easy to come by. To be 'intellectual' or 'artistic' or, in their own word, to be 'highbrow,' is to be priggish and of dubious virtue." - Sinclair Lewis

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