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Anna Nicole Smith A Tragedy or a Target

Anna Nicole Smith: A Tragedy or a Target?

By Susie Cagle

Obituary cartoons are usually the most popular cartoons each year. They're thoughtful tributes, and readers find them to be a needed respite from the usual biting commentary on the editorial page. But the latest crop of Anna Nicole Smith cartoons illustrates the dark underbelly of the obituary. Anna Nicole didn't live the most wholesome of lives, but does she deserve to be lampooned for weeks after her mysterious death? Some cartoonists find it easier to take potshots at the dead, but sometimes they take their gallows humor too far.

When Christo Komarnitski's Anna Nicole arrives at heaven, the skeptical gatekeeper looks up her centerfold in the book. Gary McCoy's Anna Nicole is disappointed to be greeted by her deceased husband J. Howard Marshall, while Brian Fairrington portrays an overweight Anna Nicole at heaven's gates looking to shack up with God. Cam Cardow and John Cole comment on the Anna Nicole media circus: Cardow's Kim Jong Il gets attention by claiming paternity of Anna Nicole's baby, while Cole's news-watchers overdose on the news--with the implication that Smith OD'ed, too.

But then many of the best cartoonists didn't draw any Anna Nicole cartoons: they didn't have anything nice to say, so they didn't say anything at all.

Susie Cagle is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a freelance writer. Reach her at susie@cagle.com.



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