Originally published in the Ann Arbor News, Bay City Times, Flint Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, Saginaw News
January 6, 2013
A traditional editorial cartoon this week. I do these on purpose occasionally because I think certain readers expect them. That is, they want an editorial cartoon to look like an editorial cartoon — short on words, big on symbols, a label or two to help it along. I think it gets the point across: Governor Snyder is going to try to press forward with his whole relentless positivity schtick in the coming legislative session, but the last session pretty much poisoned the water hole. (Actually, Tim Skublick’s article on Sunday did a great job of summarizing this. And if you want a taste of the poison, read the comments.) But my concern in doing these traditional editorial cartoons is the potential confusion it might cause other readers, particularly young readers. Do they have any idea what the whole donkey and elephant thing is all about? Why are they dressed like that? And who’s “Guv”? Ah, well. At least the butterfly, sunshine, rainbow, and candy are universally recognized as deep sarcasm, right?