Of all the years we've enjoyed over the years, 2013 was definitely the most recent. Who could've guessed that everything would get so much better for everyone? Thank goodness we were so rational about it all.
Look-- all that matters now is that it's over, and Google has yet to activate SkyNet.
Throughout the year, I've earmarked editorial cartoons that I thought might warrant inclusion in some sort of year-end list of earmarked editorial cartoons. Picking through them for this post just now, I found myself flooded with a lusty mixture of general despair, combined with the overwhelming urge to high-five Matt Bors so hard that afterwards, we're both glad we didn't use our dominant hands, because the force of my enthusiasm exploded off our respective hand-meat. Gross, but totally satisfying-- his work is so consistently incisive and smart, I'd wear my new hook as a sign of solidarity with his outlook. Also in this scenario, his hand is only mildly bruised, and feels fine after a minute or so. He's Matt Bors, and can get along just fine without a hook-hand as a conversation starter.
If I might employ one last bit of violent hand-related imagery to clarify my admiration for his work, he punches when others slap. Editorial cartoons are uniquely possessed of a clarity of voice that cannot be replicated in any other medium. That's not to say other political satire isn't as good, it's just different, and always, always takes longer to impart. Editorial cartoonists only get one shot per day to get it right, and it takes a really specific person to be great at the job with any consistency. He needs to be able to draw well enough so the audience knows which one is the donkey and which one is the elephant, but he also needs an incredibly agile, studious mind to see the bigger picture before anyone else gets there. Day after day, I like the way Matt Bors thinks.
While we wait for more news about our impending killer robot-filled future, please enjoy these hand-picked, hand-exploding editorial cartoons from your pals Jerry Holbert, Robert Ariail, Rob Rogers, Henry Payne, Matt Bors and Jeff Stahler. They're the last line of defense, so keep them close.
(If you need to feel even closer, click on any of the images to make them appear way-big in another window)
Here's hoping for a less-terrible 2014! But not so good that these fellows end up with nothing to satirize. Just, y'know, better.