Picks and Pans Review: The Gang of Eight
Introduction by Tom Brokaw
As Brokaw writes in introducing this collection of work by eight of the country's funniest, most ruthless and keen political cartoonists, it doesn't pay to talk too much about their work: "Otherwise the impact of what they have to say through their drawings would be diluted, sort of like converting horseradish into apple pie." In short there is something here to offend everyone, from Don Wright's drawing of President Reagan at the 1984 Republican Convention surrounded by Neanderthals to Jeff MacNelly's Jimmy Carter trying to milk a bull labeled "Tax Reform" and saying, "Easy, ol' girl! I'm a farm boy, remember? I know what I'm doin'." The rest of the all-star lineup of cartoonists is Tony Auth, Paul Conrad, Jules Feiffer, Doug Marlette, Mike Peters and Paul Szep. The artists each selected 20 of their recent drawings and wrote brief introductions. Even someone who disagreed philosophically with all of the 160 drawings would have to concede that they vividly achieve the main goal of a political cartoon: They make their point. (Faber and Faber, $14.95)
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