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Sadism is funny. And combine it with “cute,” it’s a killer.
(artwork: Bigshot Toyworks)
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Hilarious WAPO cover. If GOP insiders are panicking over Gingrich’s win, someone, somewhere must be having an opposite reaction. Or so it would seem.
—> UPDATE: Yeah, we’re wiping egg from our faces. Let us emphasize, though…. WAPO S. Carolina page may be fake, but it’s still hilarious.
The guy who made it — at least, I’m told.
Done in by: Andrew Sullivan.
(photo credit: Image via Facebook user Van Allen Plexico)
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WTF? I spent 2nd through 4th grade living in Orange County and can tell you the KKK was very active less than 90 years ago. One neighbor belonged to the Klan and had Klan memorabilia displayed in his ranch modern living room (though he had Disney decals on the dashboard of his truck and threw up if any child sniffled in his presence); another had a cross burned on his lawn. Can you imagine how a child digests all this information in the pre-Ghostbusters days? I promise you it wasn’t with a cute, cuddly cartoon Klansman.
(credit: art director: Laila Derakhshanian)
Circus? More like, circular firing squad.
Barry Blitt calls it “Deja Vu All Over Again.” I like “Newt Years Baby” better. Or: “Back When Gingrich Had a Waist.”
The “Person of the Year” cover TIME rejected. I love the illustration, but it’s so “1968” too U.S.-centric and mobile phone-driven revolutions are more about faces and pictures. …Although the LAT art critic thinks Shepard Fairey, who TIME ended up going with, has gone out of date, too.
(illustration: James Victore)
What makes the TIME “Person of the Year” cover as good as it is?
1. It’s a woman! — because the protests have also been phenomenal on gender terms … and speaking truth to testosterone.
2. …And, how often has a woman even been TIME’s “Person of the Year?” (Or, “Man of the Year,” till ‘99. More below.)
3. She’s threatening but she’s not. (Eyes vs. mask. Left eye vs. right eye.)
4. It’s truly international. If she pulls for Middle Eastern, the background skews heavily domestic. But then, we’re a melting pot, right?
5. TIME gets to do the “You” choice again, but this time — nothing like some hard times to put a dent in the narcissism — it’s all about “us.”
6. The design, especially the graphical inlay in the kerchief, riffs off TIME’s Shepard Fairey’s Obama HOPE 2008 Person of the Year cover. The take-away: Obama has lost the spark and the message to the kids and the street.
Update: A few people have asked how I know it’s a woman. I also think part of the cleverness of the cover is that the figure might be a male. One reason is that the illustration skews so strongly female, including the two figures inset in the kerchief (forehead and bottom, center) and the figure top right just off the hat. The most definitive graphic signifier, however, are the eyelashes.
Note on TIME’s “women of the year”: If I’ve got my math right, I count only 3 identifiable “women of the year” out of the 84 selections, the last being Corazon Aquino in ‘86. Of course, this year’s cover is “generic,” similar to how women, more lately, have been included as part of a group, if in an more token way (including “Bill Gates’ wife” as 3rd wheel in ‘05, or the woman soldier in ‘03. Otherwise, “women of the year” have been given the nod as part of their own group — see “The Whistleblowers” in ‘02 or “Women of the Year” in ‘75. This link has the collection in one tidy place. (illustration credit: Shepard Fairey)
Bag’s Take-Away:Tell me this photo, by Getty’s Joe Raedle, isn’t the most ironic image to come out the Iraq war — or the troop withdrawal, at least. Oh, what we paid for that Neocon mug.
(photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images caption: A U.S. Army soldier from the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, carries his John Wayne coffee cup as he prepares to leave Camp Adder as the base is readied to be handed back to the Iraqi government later this month on December 6, 2011 at Camp Adder, near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Camp Adder is one of the few bases remaining that the United States controls as America’s military continues its pullout of the country by the end of this year, after eight years of war and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.)
Bag’s Take-Away:Except he is. So how much rejection can you take before the damage is permanent? Romney might want to talk to concussion experts.