In serving up satire, the meat is important, but so is the presentation. Most readers, and editors, prefer the sound-bite style of Signe Wilkinson’s neo-convictions, but such artful understatement isn’t always possible. Ann Telnaes’ dissent to Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito’s abortion-law logic couldn’t have been digested without a slightly more detailed drawing. And when you choose the multi-panel smorgasbord, the punch line has to be worth the effort. Mikhaela Reid’s social-political-sexual Veep Throat musing justifies the animation-length script-tease. Lots of meat on that funny bone.
The art of satire
Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.