Political footballs

I have long wanted to do a nice long write-up on how well the Lucy-pulls-the-football-away gag has integrated itself into the political discourse; how it is used by legislators and commenters alike. I think there’s a great piece to be done on that, as it is one way that Peanuts has filled a cultural hole that we didn’t know we had. But… well, that sounds like a lot of research.

But there is one way that I can demonstrate just how big a presence it has. Here are five recent political cartoons, all on the exact same topic… and I’m willing to bet that none of these cartoonists saw the others’ cartoons before drawing their own. It’s just that this is so much a standard political cartoon trope, a part of the language. (Mad¬†editor Bill Morrison, who wrote one of these, tells of having purposely tried to get the cartoon out quickly, before anyone else did the exact same gag.)

Thanks to Bill and several other Facebook folks for pointing me to most of these.

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Millionaire, recluse, cartoonist

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Braddock says goodbye to Jane’s World

Paige Braddock, the Chief Creative Officer over at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and quite a cartoonist on her own, has been doing her own strip for decades. I haven’t read all of “Jane’s World” but the chunks that I have read are quite enjoyable, and I always mean to …

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Snoopy makes many turns to the left

Coming to the racetrack this fall is another Snoopy-decorated race-a-ma-jig. Everybody’s favorite beagle… well, not¬†everybody’s favorite, surely some people love their own dog more than they love Snoopy, it’s understandable… but the favorite beagle for the largest number of people, making him the most favoritest beagle, he will be on …