THE MOST POPULAR CARTOON YOU NEVER SAW...UNTIL NOW.
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.