Item description for Attack of the Political Cartoonists by J.P. Trostle...
A hugely important release any year, but a timely one this election year!
With laser-like insight and rapier-sharp wit, the political cartoonist is alive and kicking in the 21st Century. Here 150 members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, whose work has appeared in every major newspaper in North America and beyond, join in this celebration of the art form. The cartoonists collected here have won hundreds of journalism awards, including a dozen Pulitzer Prizes. More importantly, they do not suffer fools lightly - in politics, religion or culture - and are always the first to step forward to shout "The Emperor has no clothes!" With an introduction by Senator Russ Feingold.
Just a few of the cartoonists contained within these pages (including more than a DOZEN Pulitzer Prize-winners) are:
Mike Luckovich David Horsey Ann Telnaes Tom Toles Ted Rall Walt Handelsman Lalo Alcaraz Tony Auth Dick Locher Jack Ohman Bob Gorrell Ben Sargent Jeff Stahler Mike Thompson John Kovalic Mark Fiore Kirk Anderson Signe Wilkinson Joel Pett Steve Benson Clay Benett
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.8" Width: 8.3" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jun 25, 2004
Publisher Dork Storm Press
ISBN 1930964676 ISBN13 9781930964679
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Be the response an "ah" of agreement or an "argh" of disgust.... Sep 21, 2005
Inorder to review the history of political cartoons before examining this book, I surfed the Web and came upon a site which shares a wealth of information: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~MA96/PUCK/part1.html. I now presume to suggest that this brief history be read first. (Some may find sufficient background information in Lucy Shelton Caswell's even shorter Introduction to this volume.) Credit J.P. Trostle with the selection and editing of the material which focuses on representative work by almost 150 political cartoonists, introduced in alphabetical order. Together, they do indeed offer a wealth of illustrated "insights & assaults from today's editorial pages."
Of course, our exposure to political cartoons is limited by the number of daily newspapers and weekly news magazines we read. For that reason, I especially appreciate seeing the works of cartoonists of whom I was previously unaware. That is one of the greatest benefits this volume offers. I also appreciate the wide range of perspectives on the most prominent public figures. As Caswell correctly notes, almost all of the selections will elicit one of two responses: an "ah" of agreement or "argh" of disgust. For various reasons, political cartoons have an immediate, often compelling impact which Op Ed articles, for example, seldom have. They often seem to me to be the visual equivalent of a sound bite. The most compelling measure up to standards which Pat Oliphant set for himself years ago:
To create "a graphic distillation of the personality of the strutting popinjay on last night's news. [His audience] wants a visual rendering of immediacy and endurance that can be cut from the printed page and saved on the refrigerator, or if disliked, can be ripped from the page, have rude recommendations scrawled upon it, and mailed back to the artist. Such people, pro and con, possess awareness and opinion, and as such are to be blessed." High standards indeed. Judge for yourself which of the cartoonists' works included in this volume measure up to them.
One final point. Whatever the political loyalties and inclinations may be, it seems imperative to me that those in the news media should do all they can to accommodate a wide and deep diversity of opinion. Many eminently qualified persons have refused to become involved in the political process because it is too often polarized and mean-spirited. (Colin Powell is only one of several such persons who come to mind.) On an admittedly personal note, I conclude with the hope that we follow Voltaire's suggestion: cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it. That is as relevant to elected officials as it is to cartoonists who portray them with caricatures such as those presented in this lively, entertaing volume.
Exceedingly Funny! Dec 12, 2004
Funny and insightful - I love it. Would make a great Christmas present for anyone interested in democracy in America!
Three Cheers For The Cartoonists Oct 11, 2004
"Attack Of The Political Cartoonists" doesn't disappoint. There are cartoons to satisfy every reader. With precision and skill the 150 cartoonists who contributed to this work hit their mark every time. Fun to read, fun to look at and fun to share. Three cheers for the cartoonists. Keep up the good work.
Humor and Insight for Future Generations Sep 28, 2004
Political Cartoons reflect the political attitudes of the period. The book is funny, insightful, and fresh. It has a wide variety of issues and will surely be a keeper in my personal library.
Better compendium than most! Sep 10, 2004
I was pleased to see cartoonists that I loved as a child mixed in with those who I knew from college as well as those who I'd otherwise never see. Several cartoonists had me laughing out loud; others made me bristle, but the diversity of viewpoints provides something for people of every political stripe in these politically ludicrous times.