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Political Cartoon Ethics

Drawing Obama Without Offending Or Being Boring Proves Tough

— January 28, 2009 — Social Good
Cartoons of Obama have been springing up in media all around the world, some spunky caricatures, others offensive mockeries. Illustration has always been a huge part of news and entertainment media, but it becomes particularly crucial when it comes to politics—the way a certain person is displayed speaks world’s of the publication’s political stance. Usually, political cartoons emphasize a person’s flaws, but with Obama, some cartoonists are finding it challenging to criticize.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever had this experience before, of a president I maybe like,” said Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Pat Oliphant. “This is an antagonistic art. We’re supposed to concentrate on finding things wrong. There’s no point in drawing a cartoon that’s favorable,” he says of the Obama challenge.

The gallery includes a sampling of cartoons of Obama, most of which display him as lanky, big eared, and baring a huge grin… for the most part. MAD magazine’s dramatic pieces are an exception!

Sources: Themeriblog | Zardozz | Greenlynn | Huffington Post
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