New York Senator Chuck Schumer is going to vote against Obama’s deal with Iran. That’s a blow for Obama as Schumer is highly respected, may be the next Majority Leader, and is the highest ranking Jew in the Senate. It also hurts that he’s a Democrat. Ouch, Obama.
There’s talk about punishing Schumer for this but I think that’s a dumb idea and would be very unfair. While I disagree with Schumer, and I believe no deal is a pathway to Iran having nukes, punishing him is bad politics and would send a very negative message.
It took me about eight hours to draw this cartoon. Well, not to draw it but it took me that long to finish it. I started the cartoon then ordered some Kung Pao Chicken, went into a food coma, woke up, jammed to some Pete Yorn, walked the Beagle, Watched the end of Across The Universe, corresponded to some social media comments, and then I started drawing again. It’s a hard job. I do have Kung Pao leftovers for tomorrow.
I am really not fond of using movies for an analogy in a cartoon, unless it involves sharks in twisters.
Why do I not like using movies in cartoons? I’m glad you asked. Because it’s lazy. It’s not unique or original.
I suspect it works like this for other cartoonist because it’s how it used to work for me: You need an idea but you don’t have one so you think “hey, there’s probably a new movie out there everyone’s talking about and I can just draw that and throw in some labels and maybe a caricature.” Work day is over and I’m brilliant. No I’m not.
Not only is it lazy, it’s just too obvious when the movie is popular. There’s been a dozen to a hundred political cartoons with Minions. I refuse to draw Minions, just because everyone else is doing it. Lazy. Plus, I felt the movie kinda sucked in comparison to Despicable Me (Despicable Me 2 was just OK). I’ve also seen a few with the new Mission Impossible. I don’t know which number Mission Impossible is this new one. I don’t like Tom Cruise, though the fairly recent one where he’s fighting aliens at Normandy and reliving the same day over and over was really bad ass. I digress.
Now if you do a cartoon with a movie that’s not popular you may think “yeah, I’m brilliant” except nobody else wants to do that because most people don’t want to suck. Readers may not remember the movie you’re referring to if it’s not current, so the movie should be a classic or at least well known in pop culture like Gone With The Wind, Rebel Without A Cause, Jaws, Star Wars, Wizard Of Oz, Blues Brothers, you get where I’m going here.
Last week some dork did a cartoon with the movie Shallow Hal. Do you remember Shallow Hal? It’s a Farrelly Brothers movie with Jack Black and it’s not a good Farrelly Brothers movie with Jack Black. It sucked. It makes things that suck seem to suck less because it sucks so much. It came out in the early 2000s and I doubt it would have been a good idea then. Did I mention it sucked? Basically, Hal is shallow. He’s hypnotized to only see the inner beauty in people, thus he starts dating Gwyneth Paltrow who is a total beautiful soul, generous with a huge heart, and she’s morbidly obese with cankles and acne. The movie teaches us the lesson to judge a person by their inner beauty and it uses a lot of fat jokes to sell that message. In the movie poster you see Gwyneth and her beauty but her shadow is huge. In the cartoon the shadow is a mushroom cloud but the physical person is an evil hideous-looking Iranian Mullah. Did the cartoonist even see the movie?
I did see a cartoon earlier this week that used the movie Trainwreck. Honestly, I can’t remember if it was good or bad, who drew it or what issue it covered. I decided not to go looking for it when I got this idea. I’ll do that later though to compare.
In my defense to this cartoon: Trainwreck stars Amy Schumer. She’s a cousin of some sort to Senator Schumer. They even had an anti-gun press conference together last week. That may go over readers’ heads, but screw it. I kinda like it, despite it breaking all my rules.
I really don’t like rules despite having a hundred of them for cartooning. In this case, the man I’m sticking it to is myself.
By the way, the movie Trainwreck is pretty funny. Lebron James steals the movie. Spoiler alert so stop reading here: You see a lot of John Cena, the wrestler. I mean a LOT of John Cena. You see more John Cena than anyone would ever want to see of John Cena. Over seeing that much John Cena, I’d rather watch Shallow Hal.
Update: A friend told me it looked like Schumer was holding a turkey leg to his mouth. It’s supposed to be a bottle inside a bag. His comment bothered me enough to redraw the bag. At least now it doesn’t look like a turkey leg.
Here’s the rough.