While flicking (or rather scrolling) through the current edition of The Economist, I got thinking about editorial cartoons- you know, those ones that make political points. The Economist's own incumbent, KAL, has to be among the best.
However, I reserve top position for Doonesbury. To churn out a daily laugh can't be easy, and to keep it up for close on forty years now is remarkable. Here's one of Tudeau's more recent classics.
Our own Martin Turner of course provides the goods from time to time, but day-to-day he can lag a bit. However, he did pull out all the stops for the last election.
While awaiting the next English-language tour at the UN last year I found an exhibition- Cartooning for Peace- that introduced me to a few new cartoonists. When you move outside of the English-speaking world it is quite remarkable how the tone of cartooning changes. The Palestinian and Iranian cartoonists were quite interesting. Their cartoons were much darker and more saturated with political intent than what we are used to. Here's one from Baha Boukhari, a Palestinian, and a couple from Hassan Karimzadeh from Iran.
The actual webpage of the Cartooning for Peace exhibit is worth a quick look (see here). It would seem the staff have tagged their own doodles down at the bottom- I certainly don't recall them in the exhibit in New York. I think Kofi Annan holding up a sign declaring "I am not Morgan Freeman" has to be my favourite.
So is there praise due that I have overlooked, or that I am ignorant of? What editorial cartoonists do other posters here consult to tickle their funny bones or to give fresh perspective?