You know the drill: Tragic, disturbing, awful event happens.
Political cartoonists make it worse by feeling a need to somehow weigh in with insta-cliche renderings that are matched in their conceptual inanity only by craftmanship several notches below what celebrated quadraplegic artist Warren Cox was able to manage while holding a pen in his teeth.
So here you go, sports fans, a selection of Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman cartoons from various Pulitzer Prize winners and other award-winning drawers of pictures. Read Reason's coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting, George Zimmerman, Florida's Stand Your Ground Law, and related issues here.
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The above is by Steve Benson, the Pulitzer Prize winner whose execrable work in the wake of the Gabby Giffords shooting will be studied as the low point in American political commentary long after Dr. Zaius and his pals have inherited the earth.
Finally, somebody is willing to take on the real problem in today's America: fucking Shephard Smith! How many more tragedies do we need before we learn the lesson that everything can be traced back to Fox News' most famous penis-remembering news anchor? I smell something cooking in Chuck Asay's kitchen—and it's name is…Pulitzer!
WTF? No, WWTTFF. Or even WWWTTTFFF. I remain disappointed that I've yet to see a cartoon featuring the Grim Reaper (preferably IDed with a little tag reading "Death") rocking a hoodie…
Mr. Fish is "a cartoonist and freelance writer whose work can most regularly be seen on Harpers.org and Truthdig.com." And based on the above image, the last living COINTELPRO provocateur on the FBI payroll.
"Rainer Hachfeld is a freelance writer and caricaturist living in Berlin. His cartoons appear in Neues Deutschland, a socialist daily newspaper in Germany." German socialists get it, that's for sure.
Another Mr. Fish insta-classic and one of many cartoons noting that Florida is shaped like a gun. And has a skull in the middle of it.
The creator of the above image is "a two-time winner of the RFK Journalism Award in Cartooning." Which is the meanest thing I've heard said about RFK in a very long time.
More cartoons at The Cagle Post.