The energy of editorial cartoons

A principal reason why editorial cartoons are popular is because they capture the essence of a news story or the perspective of an editor in a single image that conveys emotion and energy.

The editorial cartoonist lives by the maxim that "a picture is worth a thousand words."

When the cartoonist succeeds in making the reader laugh, he or she has reached a higher plateau; the level of difficulty, as in a complicated high dive or an acrobatic feat, is that much higher.

I've selected two examples that caught my eye.

The first relates to the news story about airlines continuing to cut back on service in order to remain in business. The detail in this drawing by Jim Borgman adds to the humour of the editorial perspective.

The second struck me for its remarkable expressive character. It's a portrait of French President Nicolas Sarkozy related to his recent hosting of a summit of 40 European and Mediterranean leaders for the founding of the "Union for the Mediterranean." Sarkozy wishes to tackle the thorny problem of peace in the Middle East.

Jerusalem artist "Kichka," decided to portray Sarkozy in the role of Louis XIV. Check it out here.

You can see the 1701 portrait on which Kichka based his cartoon in this Wikipedia article.

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