But Besides the Shooting Death of Your Father, Caroline, How Did You Like the Drive in the Open Convertible? Or, More Evidence That Editorial Cartooning Is the Lowest Form of Art (Kennedy Clan Edition)

I've made little secret of my opinion that editorial cartooning is, with the exception of the three greats Reason publishes on a rotating basis on Fridays (Bok, Payne, and Stantis) and the fantabulistic Peter Bagge and Terry Colon (not traditional one-panel ink-stained Picassos in any case), really about the lowest form of expression this side of a baby's diaper. If you question that judgment, I recommend you survey this gallery of Tim Russert Is Dead cartoons, Ziggy's searing statement on email and toilets (no joke), this 100 proof antidote to laughter, and the fucking dumbest non-jihadist statement ever made about the 9/11 attacks.

And then, if you're still not with me—if you've still got a soft spot for crying Statues of Liberty and airplane tailfins floating in the water with "Never Again" written on them, or crippled actors like Christopher Reeve leaving his wheelchair and flying into heaven in a Superman costume—look at the Caroline Kennedy cartoon below and come on over to my side of the debate.

The perpetrator of this crime against comedy and tragedy is the Arizona Republic's Steve Benson. I did a quick search of his archive, which failed to turn up the same scene from 10 years ago, with John-John in the car and JFK saying, "You'll make a great pilot someday."

The fix for all this? As always, Reason's Friday Funnies archive and a heaping dose of The Onion's great Kelly Kartoons.

Hat Tip: Michael C. Moynihan of Reason.

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  • Warty||

    Hm. Maybe Bok is a great editorial cartoonist, after all.

  • ||

    I've made little secret of my opinion that editorial cartooning is, with the exception of the three greats Reason publishes on a rotating basis on Fridays (Bok, Payne, and Stantis)

    Nick,
    You might want to re-think making those exceptions.

  • Castro,Mob,CIA,Anti-Castro,LBJ||

    Welcome to Dallas Mr President

  • ed||

    Could be that the scene takes place in a sailboat, not an "open" convertible. Anyway, since when is Ziggy an "editorial" cartoon? And not that the Russert scribblings were not a new low in cheesy sentimentality, but it hasn't always been this way. The decline began in the 80s, and the computer has all but finished off the few remaining greats. But take a look at what was being published during Viet Nam and before to see some outstanding examples of the form. Properly executed, editorial cartoons have the power of a lightning bolt. But, granted, today's efforts have all the power of a moist dish rag.

  • ||

    I just checked out some of his other work at the azcentral link, and he's uniformly awful. Unfortunately it's not Ted Rall-style awful, just incredibly talentless awful.

    Maybe Bok is a great editorial cartoonist, after all.

    That's like saying maybe Michael Bay is a great filmmaker after seeing a Uwe Boll film. Don't do it, dude.

  • Nigel Watt||

    The John-John comment marks the first time I've laughed at anything related to an editorial cartoon on H&R.

  • ed||

    ed | December 23, 2008, 9:56am | #

    Could be that the scene takes place in a sailboat, not an "open" convertible.


    This one comes close.

  • ||

    That JFK cartoon made me laugh out loud, which is more than I can say for the three stooges Friday Funnies.

  • ||

    Creepy. Why would JFK think of her as a possible senator and not POTUS? There is at least one instance I can recall where he spoke of the possibility of a female POTUS, why not his own daughter?

  • libertarian democrat||

    I agree with Warren and Episiarch.

  • TallDave||

    I don't see what the big deal is. I mean, realistically, how long could she serve? Isn't she overdue to hit a tree or crash a plane or something?

  • Mark||

    Speaking of Peter Bagge, when are his cartoons going to grace your pages again, Mr. Gillespie? Justify the two subscriptions (one for myself and another for a friend) that I'm carrying!

  • Mark||

    I really enjoyed reading the interview with Chester Brown in the latest issue - any chance of bringing him on board as a contributor?

  • ||

    BTW are we sure that's suppose to be JFK? Because he looks more like Elvis.

  • ||

    Warren, that's silly. Elvis would never have thought Priscilla would be a senator.

  • ed||

    Or Lisa Marie.

  • the innominate one||

    somehow, a Bok cartoon made it onto Time's list of top 10 editorial cartoons of 2008, which just goes to show you that Nick and Time's editors need their eyes checked and/ or need to start smoking a better grade of MJ

  • ||

    but mary jo, other than what happened after he drove off the bridge, wasn't it the thrill of a lifetime to have sex with a gorgeous liberal u.s. senator on a deserted beach?

  • The Bearded Hobbit||

    Warren,

    .. I thought the exact same thing .. Kennedy??

    .. Hobbit

  • ||

    Isn't she overdue to hit a tree or crash a plane or something?



    If I'm not mistaken, Kennedy women seem to live pretty long lives.

    The ones that don't get lobotomized, that is.

  • ||

    Editorial cartooning is alive and well (except for Fridays at Reason.com.) Check out Ted Rall and Tom Tomorrow if you have doubts.

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