When I came up with this idea on Friday regarding Elizabeth Edwards' recurrence of cancer, I realized there was no universally recognized cartoon shorthand for Cancer. the idea called for a "Cancer" figure to be throwing cold water on the frivolity of the 2008 Campaign.
Drawing Cancer as Death or the Grim Reaper wasn't quite right. Though her cancer has been called "incurable" in the news accounts, death is not necessarily imminent, thankfully. The figure in this drawing had to be walking away, so there wasn't much opportunity to be subtle.
I settled on this gaunt spectral figure but clearly it's lacking some sort of identification prop. (My editor mistook the figure for a slug.)
Just wondering if anyone else has tackled this one. Icon for hire.