I’ve got to admit I love the toons. And I love even more how, even though they appear in the Onion, a lot of folks can’t seem to understand that it’s satire.
Summary: The cartoonist represents himself as an old school social conservative (while allowing loopholes for his own behavior) reactionary complainer. Here are a few samples for those of you who are not familiar with his work:
Too cluttered. He’s got too many concepts and memes and references and allusions, all battling for space and attention. He fails the ideal of simplicity and directness.
(He makes me think of bad 1950s cartoonists, where Lady Liberty and U-No-Who and Uncle Sam and Uncle Moneybags are all shown with daggers into The Working Poor while Uncle Joe circles in a bomber with a big nuke… Cluttered and ugly.
Also…he’s not a very good artist. (Yeah, he’s better than I’ll ever be…) His lines are too simple, without any subtlety. He’s drawing “coloring book” shapes. He’s no Jeff MacNelly or Pat Oliphant or Bill Mauldin or Herbert Blockwood. He’s a tyro, with an outdated style and limited skill.
(Also, he’s a goddamn fucking bigot. His anti-same-sex-marriage cartoon was a vicious slur.)
If anything, I always thought they were a little too on the nose. But Poe’s Law strikes again in this very thread, so apparently not. I get a chuckle out of the less obvious ones, and groan a little at the puns.
“Jesus and Gun Control” is kind of perfect. I just wish he’d worked the Statue of Liberty into it somehow. “Kelly” seems a very, “We speak American like Jesus in the Bible,” kind of Christian, so that explicit tie between religiosity and nationalism would have been the cherry on it.
He’s one of my three Onion favs. The other two are Teasdale (I used to work at a newspaper with her doppelganger, in looks, lifestyle and writing style) and Jackie Harvey.
“Kelly” perfectly nails that certain style and sentiment. I can picture these types of cartoons cut out and hanging on grandmas’ fridges all across the Midwest. Heck, seeing how effectively these have fooled people, I could see these *actual *cartoons hanging on grandmas’ fridges.