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"World's worst cartoonist"?

Posted by Dan Wasserman  October 21, 2008 08:57 AM

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Declaring him the "world's worst editorial cartoonist," Gawker eviscerates syndicated cartoonist Gordon Campbell for his drawing of Colin Powell as a blackfaced Benedict Arnold following Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama.


"Hey, were you wondering who the worst political cartoonist in the United States is?" begins the post. " We have an answer! It's California-based syndicated cartoonist Gordon Campbell, who took a break from his recent joke-free cartoons about how we are now a nation of communists because of the bailout bill to draw a very special cartoon in which he just colored noted traitor Benedict Arnold black and called him Colin Powell."

Gawker includes quotes from Campbell attempting to explain his thinking: "The only reasonable explanation for such a public political "about-face" in the midst of this important election is that Colin Powell, perhaps understandably, wishes to see someone who looks like himself in the White House. It's my opinion that General Powell has based his endorsement of Barack Obama on the color of his skin, not his qualifications, his experience or the content of his character."

Concludes Gawker: "See? Now you understand the reasonable and intriguing point this cartoonist made, when he drew Benedict Arnold in blackface and called him Colin Powell, because Powell endorsed a Democrat, who is black. The end."

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Dan Wasserman has been cartooning for the Globe editorial page since 1985. He has published two collections of drawings, "We've Been Framed" (Faber & Faber, 1987) and "Paper Cuts" (Ivan R. Dee, 1995). His cartoons are widely reprinted and are syndicated internationally by Tribune Media Services. He draws more quickly than he types.