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Reject Corner!!!


My editor, Antonio Fins, rejected the above cartoon in sketch form this morning. His rationale:

"The devil waiting for Dick Cheney to autograph a book? Yeah, ok. Ho-hum.

"I’m not a fan of Satan comparisons. I didn’t find this cartoon to be that clever or creative. Dick Cheney is great fodder for a cartoonist, and I don’t think this cartoon maximized that potential.

"It’s a subjective decision on my part. No doubt.

"So, in deciding whether I made the right call, here is what you need to consider. After I rejected the devil-in-line cartoon, Chan came up with a replacement – the one about the Bachmann cocktail. Admit it. The latter was a much, much better cartoon.

"So I think I made the right call.

"Because when I compare what I gave up vs. what we ended up with, the replacement was a better, more clever cartoon.

"I am a brilliant Decider."

My take: Personally, I thought the Cheney cartoon was on a par with the Bachmann cocktail number (linked above, as well as being the previous blog posting). Maybe Tony isn't a fan of Satan comparisons because, in this case, he didn't want to offend Satan.

Weigh in and let me know what you think.

Categories: Dick Cheney (11), Rejects (5)
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I think the Devil waiting in line for Dick Cheney's autograph is hilarious because it's so subtle.
My eye first went to the front of the line and when i spotted the Devil at the end, I guffawed and thought , "Perfect"

I liked the devil one as well - but this is probably more a result of me being in the UK and being a bit behind on the Everglades thing.

They were both good but if I am being totally honest I like the cheney cartoon better.

The devil is the only one that should be in line! If these guys have to toot their horn, it won't be on my nickle!

We ignore real evil when it has power far too easily - seems like your boss fell into that trap.

The image was subtle .... and the design was great --- your eye starts at Cheney ... and you see the line and I thought "what type of person would buy this book of slander and lies?" .... the cartoon then answers the question.

Great job!
Glad you found a way to run it anyway!!!

I find both cartoons highly effective in very different ways. Like Elizabeth Snead, I studied the people in line from start to finish, to see what Chan highlighted in these folk. The people in line all seemed uneventful, in fact, until it came to that wide-backed last guy in line, who has barely suggestive horns and a tail, truly the devil in disguise!
I think the first cartoon should have run because it packs a visual punch, and right at the end! The second cartoon is deliciously subtle, more of a wry commentary. I guess I, too, will speculate that Antonio didn't want to offend the Devil.

Chan is the best... omg

Trust me Chan. You made the right choice! LOL

OK, Chan, point taken, but consider this: those people who are offended by this would probably nominate you for a Pulitzer if you'd done the same cartoon but had Obama with "The Audacity of Hope" (or whatever his book was called) up front.

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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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