Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Katrina Causes A Storm Of Cartoons

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Hurricane Katrina was a sad event for many but it also brought storms of laughter along with the rainwater.

In fact, Katrina generated a flood of political cartoons, a good number of which appear in the new 2006 edition of Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year (Pelican).

Charles Brooks, a former political cartoonist and editor of the book, says this year’s edition was dominated by Katrina and some of the cartoons include an oil company CEO singing “Zippity Doo Dah” as he predicts big profits as a result of the storm.

Another cartoon shows a looter asking a rescue worker if he could plug his TV into the helicopter.

Brooks says President Bush and terrorism also dominated newspapers, and while he describes himself as a conservative, that didn’t stop him from selecting doozies like Bush brushing a Harriet Miers pony with the caption “My Little Crony” for the book.

But he figures the cartoon on the book’s cover – which he didn’t pick – best sums up 2005. The cartoon in question is of a blimp named “Badyear” carrying the White House.

In Brooks words, “I don’t think you could pick a better cartoon.”

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