David Horsey's artwork is so pleasing to the eye that he can get away with some conceptual whiffs. But, when he hits one, it goes a country mile.
I particularly like this cartoon for what it isn't: Too many cartoonists have pointed out that we still have to deal with the debt ceiling, including several who suggest that the fiscal cliff was over-rated. But so is the debt ceiling, which, left unsaid, dulls the edge of their commentary.
When he moved from Seattle to LA, Horsey also moved from cartoonist to cartoonist/commentator, and he does the dual job quite well. In fact, I'm going to drop the topic and send you over to his place, to read his own take on the subject, which begins:
The 112th Congress worked hard on just one thing: competing to be known as the most worthless, incompetent, do-nothing gathering of lawmakers in the nation’s history. These political underachievers may well have guaranteed themselves that dubious distinction by what they did and did not do Tuesday night.
And speaking of people who talk just as good as they drawr ...
Liza Donnelly is a New Yorker cartoonist, but she also has a blog over at Forbes where, as in this case, her artwork is more of an illustration than a stand-alone cartoon. This in an illustration for a very well done piece of which this is a sample:
I have a strong dislike for being labeled, or being put into a collective “we,” or “them.” I am a woman, and accept that that makes me a part of a group. I am also caucasian, have blonde hair, am married, have kids, have a dog, wear a size ten shoe, live in New York -- all these things put me in a lot of groups. But none of those groups have a color attached to them. I do not want to be collectively labeled pink.
I can't do it any better, or even that well, so go read that instead.
By the way, I don't know what the deal is at Forbes, but they seem determined to prove that not all business publications have to be hellholes of greed and rightwing lockstep groupthink. I've known enough business people with sound ethics and fair minds that I'm happy to see somebody step forward and perhaps make them feel that they don't have to stay in the closet.
As for the LA Times, their blogs appear to be based on the theory of throwing mud at the wall to see how many clicks you can amass, but if they're giving Horsey a prominent spot, I guess I can forgive all the foolish things that pop up in the Google Newsfeed with their tag attached. Mostly, with the Tribune Company emerging from Chapter 11 determined to sell off their newspapers, I hope whoever picks up the Times can distinguish babies from bathwater.
And, finally, here's something else you can go see for yourself: Since December 26, Ray Billingsley has given Curtis a little vacation while he tells a Kwanzaa story. I think of Curtis as a kids' strip, and we need kids' strips, but I particularly like what Ray is doing with the art in this separate piece, and, whether or not you care about the story (and it's a good story), I would invite you to go have a look just for the aesthetics. It's fun stuff.