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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Cartoon Appreciation Week


This is maybe my favorite New Yorker cartoon, or my favorite that's not by Chast, Shanahan, Zeigler, Booth.... OK, it's my favorite by Robert Weber, the master of the soft pencil line. I like it because it's beautifully drawn, detailed without being finicky, sharply composed, surprisingly gentle, and it's got Pliny the Elder in it. Something about Pliny the Elder is inexplicably funny. He named his kid Pliny too, and who names a kid Pliny any more? And you know every angel in that giant pile of angels wishes the guy with the camera would quit fussing around and take the damn picture.
That's it, I just like this.

2 comments:

Mike Lynch said...

Weber is getting more and more messy/sketchy/loosey/goosey with his finishes as the years go by -- and I'm liking them more and more!

richardcthompson said...

Me too, Mike. The faster and messier he draws the better.