Somebody's Got To Say It
I just received the annual Chuck Brooks book, still entitled (all evidence to the contrary) "Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year." Have you ever seen a more ghastly gathering of editorial cartoons? I'm reminded of the old Casey Stengel quote when he was managing the '62 Mets -- "Can't anybody around here play this game?"
Each year Chuck's call for submissions brings on a crisis of conscience. I declined to send cartoons several times but eventually caved to the logic that, "Of course it's going to be weak if good cartoonists fail to submit work."
But this is the end of the road for me. I can't remember being so disheartened about my profession. Thank God for Peters, Luckovich, Ramirez, Keefe, Morin and one or two others in this volume, or innocent readers might actually believe this motley assortment is the best the artform has to offer.