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The Cruelest Joke.

“Here’s my card…Death.”

Caricaturist Drew Friedman sums up the psychopathic presidency of George W. Bush in this illustration, “No Joke,” for Vanity Fair, brought to yours truly’s attention via Boing Boing.

The Cat’s in the Bag.

Go, Garfield, go, Garfield, go….

As written, the comic strip Garfield—cartoonist Jim Davis’ look at the travails of an eponymous cat and its owner—is kind of like the funny pages equivalent of tourists: In the background, not bothering anybody, always there, and quietly looked down upon by people who think they’re much smarter.

So, perhaps it’s appropriate that it took a foreigner, Dan Walsh—and a Dubliner yet!—to turn Garfield from wallpaper into something truly hip: a darkly ironic reflection on “schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life.” Walsh did it, not by rewriting dialogue but, via one genius move: He completely stripped the cat and his unfunny thought balloons out of every panel.

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The Pen is Mightier Than the Shotgun

Word balloon

The almost certainly pseudonymous Winston Rowntree is my new favorite comic strip artist in the world, just based on these two pieces from his ongoing Subnormality series: an explanation of how wack bands top the charts, and a quick guide on how to choose when picking air fresheners for your car.