Ping Pong Balls
The Hillary/Titanic cartoon (several below) baffled enough people that we're not running it in the print edition. The Big Bopper came in scratching his head yesterday afternoon, and my syndicate editor called to make sure he understood what I meant. When the first comment on the blog begins, "I don't get it," that's a clue. I pulled it voluntarily and did the Cunningham cartoon instead.
It was another instance of a dilemma cartoonists have from time to time -- Who Knows What? I thought everyone had heard of the notion of raising sunken ships with ping pong balls (which the cable show MythBusters proved would work!) Seems the idea hadn't spread through the populace as I'd thought. "Why would they want to play ping pong on a sinking ship?" I was asked.
With its instant alert capabilities, the blog may have saved thousands of readers from scratching their heads all day today. If you got the cartoon, enjoy. It's a freebie. If you didn't, count yourself among the many.
On the other hand, I just opened the Slate site and the cartoon (which I had already filed for syndication) is on the splash page of Hillary cartoons. It'll be interesting to watch where this one runs.