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Reject corner...split decision!!!


So I said to myself, "Now that the caption contest is over, it's time to get another cartoon axed so I can post it in the Reject Corner." With that goal in mind, I deliberately set out to draw a toon that would fail what the front-office cheeses like to call the "Breakfast Test," meaning a piece so tasteless that it might cause some readers to gag over their Cap'n Crunch.

What you see here are the fruits of that effort. I first showed the sketch to my opinion page editor, Tony Fins. To my horror, he said, "That's fine. Go with it." I wondered if Tony still carried bruises from previous Reject Corner reader comments.

"I was kinda hoping you'd reject it," I said, glumly. "I need a reject for the blog."

"Why don't you kick it upstairs to Earl (that being Earl Maucker, il capo de tutti capi)?" Tony said. "Maybe he'll reject it."

Earl did not disappoint. Sure enough, he had problems with the cartoon. The word "sexist" was thrown on the table. He suggested less offensive visual alternatives, which I declined as not being germane. Earl also indicated that it was about time he made an appearance on my blog, in a "please don't throw me in that briar patch," kind of way. I owed him one, so I was happy to comply.

Which of my bosses do you agree with? Let me know.

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This cartoon is crass and in very poor can do better. Show some creativity w/o "T & A" as a crutch.

So we're all supposed to get excited and talk about the controversy surrounding this comic, so your blog looks interesting?

Boring idea, boring comic.

Very funny, but maybe not PG rated. I like it, tho. Perfect for the web.

Earl, as in "Transformative Change" Earl ? I'da thunk T&A was an integral part of "transformative change"......

I think it's funny......nothing wrong with a good laugh between political discussions now and again.........if you feel it's racist why not throw in a drawing of a man with half a face lift or something? Women aren't the only ones who get improvements....nothing wrong with improvements anyway.

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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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