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February 12, 2009

David Cohen, America's Great Cartoonist

I'm actually surprised we haven't seen much more of this.

Then there's this, which if it appeared in the Arab media would be cited by MEMRI as evidence of anti-semitism in the mideast.

And then finally there's this, where I can't even understand what joke is being attempted.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at February 12, 2009 07:07 AM

Jon sed:

"And then finally there's this, where I can't even understand what joke is being attempted."

Hmm. This could just be the cannabinoids talking, but it seems to convey the GOP getting worked up over nothing. That the kind imperialist is here just to observe. No?

Posted by: BenP at February 12, 2009 07:47 AM

I think the joke is... that he's black?

Posted by: strasmangelo jones at February 12, 2009 09:17 AM

This cartoon is from Jan 5 2009, i.e. before the inauguration. The place is Washington as one sees the Washington monument. The elephants he is talking about are the "Elephants in the Room", a.k.a. the lobbyists. As Obama had promised during the campaign, there would be no lobbyists allowed, they just conveniently made themselves scarce!!!

Posted by: Rupa Shah at February 12, 2009 10:32 AM

These things feel like either the ramblings of a retard or some strange design in surreal humor. Brevity is the soul of wit, a virtue Cohen has forgotten entirely.

Posted by: En Ming Hee at February 12, 2009 10:42 AM

I nominate the Penguin.
The Feb 12 cartoon works well though.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at February 12, 2009 12:50 PM

The elephants reference is to Hannibal, I suspect, who was black.

And, wow, John, thanks for introducing us to such a charming cartoonist. I'm so charmed that I haven't any idea what to do with myself. Perhaps vomit.

Posted by: catherine at February 12, 2009 12:54 PM

Sorry, that would be Jon. And I an editor, for
frack's sake.

Posted by: catherine at February 12, 2009 12:56 PM

It must be easy to be a cartoonist - you don't need a plot, or an actual joke - you just have to be an ass. You don't really even need to draw well.

Present company excluded, of course...

Posted by: Christopher Wing at February 12, 2009 01:03 PM

After looking at an overwhelming sample -- OK, four -- of his cartoons, I can say that his humor ranges from tepid to racist. Which is quite a range.

Isn't Asheville a college town?

Posted by: laym at February 12, 2009 02:29 PM

Do this guy's primitive cartoons appear anywhere outside of Asheville (pop. 69,000)?

I'm pretty sure that MEMRI only cites stuff that appears in national publications or broadcasts, not tiny regional publications that have minuscule readership.

Posted by: Seth at February 12, 2009 04:49 PM

Thanks, I'll add him to my right-wing cartoon roundups...

Posted by: Batocchio at February 12, 2009 05:07 PM

He does raise an interesting point, though - does Obama wear sweatsuits?

Posted by: ChrisV82 at February 12, 2009 10:39 PM

The last one is quite easy. Obama in expensive banana republic safari garb and camera has been taken by a fake tourist outfit, and after the hike into the hinterlands accompanied by some guy who is not Mitch McConnell in half naked "native" garb is informed that the erection in the distance is an omen of a deep longing that has not been realized or something.........

Posted by: bobbyp at February 12, 2009 11:56 PM

It looks like the place where King's gave speeches in the Lion King.

That still doesn't make it make sense though.

Posted by: graeme at February 13, 2009 01:43 AM

'accompanied by some guy who is not Mitch McConnell in half naked "native" garb'

I think that's supposed to be Biden. I can't be sure, though, because I can't bring myself to look directly at it. Brrr.

The weird thing is, from looking at the guy's other cartoons, he seems to be an Obama supporter. Also, the January 26th cartoon tiptoes up to the outskirts of the general vicinity of a suggestion of a mild criticism of Israel. Go fig.

Posted by: Chris E. at February 13, 2009 11:10 AM

Maybe Ward Sutton is doing these too, like the ones he does for The Onion, and we're just not in on the joke.

Posted by: Wareq at February 13, 2009 03:32 PM

I get the jokes, they just aren't very funny.

Posted by: Lou Dyer Jones at February 15, 2009 05:00 PM

I get the jokes, they just aren't very funny.

Posted by: Lou Dyer Jones at February 15, 2009 05:00 PM

They(whoever they are)took down the first cartoon.

It makes me want to see it more than ever now. Was it that subvervise?

Are cartoonists that much of a threat?

Just wondering?

Is the life of a cartoonist like a duel?
1....2...3.... Ready... Draw, Pardner !

I got the idea behind the two cartoons still posted. Kinda not funny. What was so bad about the first one that it was taken down?

Posted by: k.a.m. at February 17, 2009 10:57 PM

k.a.m.: I believe the one taken down was a split frame cartoon with a disreputable looking black man mugging a well-dressed white man in one frame and Obama pointing at the same well-dressed white man in the other. I don't remember the exact captions, but they were something along the lines of both the mugger and Obama asking the white guy to turn over all their money.

I know, charming right?

Anyway, I too would love it if someone had preserved the cartoon for posterity. Anyone have it?

Posted by: Leo at February 18, 2009 10:02 AM