Tuesday, January 31, 2012

How To Make A Political Cartoon Bearable

Turn it into a Kelly. 

What's a Kelly? It's a parody cartoon by The Onion's talented in-house cartoonist, Kelly. Staples of these cartoons include the crying Statue of Liberty, the grim reaper, excessive labeling on people's clothing, and a little representation of Kelly saying something clever in the bottom right-hand corner. Here's a good example of one:

The cartoon below is reprehensible:

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled fetuses...

It's cheesy, heavy-handed, the viewpoint is disgusting, and there's an unexplained speech bubble in the lower right hand corner. Who's talking? Somebody on the Staten Island Ferry?

But turn it into a satirical Kelly cartoon and now it's hilarious!

Haha! Another brilliant cartoon by Kelly. It's so horrible and over-the-top that there's no way a real cartoonist could have made it. Relax, folks, it's just The Onion. You didn't actually fall for it, did you?

Here's another cartoon, by J.R. Rose! The exclamation point is actually part of his signature. J.R. Rose is a cartoonist who's so cheesy and inept that you can't dislike him. Even though he's a moderate conservative, he doesn't have a malicious bone in his body; he's just adorable.

Pretty cheesy cartoon. Here it is after I Kellified it:

It's amazing how your opinion of a cartoon can completely depend on what cartoonist you think drew it. The real editorial cartoons out there really are as bad as Kelly's seemingly exaggerated parodies.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Out-Of-Context Sound Bites In Political Ads

Romney with me in 2009, right after I ambushed him with my friend Ian and got him to sign eight baseballs and sold them on eBay for $70 each.

I kind of want to make using sound bites in campaign ads illegal without putting the whole context in legible print at the bottom of the ad.

Mitt Romney's recent ad that sampled Obama saying something like, "If we stick with the economy, we're going to lose," when Obama was actually directly quoting John McCain in 2008, almost made me sick. And now reading all of these news sources semi-quoting Mitt Romney as having said, "I enjoy firing people," is making me angry too, even though he deserves it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Santorum Tide Is Coming In For Me

So many people curious about #Santorum are visiting my site, Santorum-2012.com, because it's the first result when you google 'Santorum 2012.' This is great. 

FudgePAC photo to come tomorrow, hopefully. Tell all your favorite blogs and news sources about my website!