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Reject Corner!!!



Talk about causing a stir. Remember that Malibu traffic stop, when Mel Gibson let loose on the sheriff's deputy with a drunken anti-Semitic diatribe? I'll let my top kick, Opinion Page Editor Tony Fins, do the 'splainin':

"I admit it. I laughed when Chan handed me this one. I'm laughing again now seeing it once more. It really is one of the funnier ones he's sketched, and easily the most biting. And I couldn't resist a bit of mischief myself.

"So, the day Chan drew it, must have been the fall of '06, I walked it down to Earl Maucker, our editor, and said, with a straight, determined face, 'How about this one?' Earl looked incredulous. 'Geez,' he said. 'You can't be serious. This is so over the top.'

"No, I confessed, I wasn't serious about using it. But Earl got a laugh out of it, too, and asked for the sketch so he could show it to others.

"But forget it. Don't even bother. It's not getting into print. Simply stated, its graphic sexual nature goes against our 'community' standard, so to speak. And Chan knows it. He knew it didn't have a prayer.

"I will say this much. It was this particular cartoon that gave me the idea of this feature for Chan's blog -- and yes, I came up with the concept that is now known as Rejects Corner. I figured this cartoon would be a hit on the Net, which isn't as prudish, and at least it's going to get some play now."

My two cents: I was getting so many requests from editors around the paper for copies of this cartoon that, once I was able to pry the sketch back from Earl, I actually finished it so that it would reproduce better. For added impact today, I added color.


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Is that what they wear under their kilt.....
and I always thought it was underwear!!!

chan - i'm so glad you are finally able to share your rejects....they were always some of my favorites. you have always been the very best commentator around.

Hi Chan, You are the greatest this cartoon went right for the jugular as well it should. Keep up the good work. Wish you were twins so I can have double my pleasure

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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