Susie Cagle Susie Cagle, 4/19/2007 [Archive]

Virginia Tech Op-Ed Massacre

Virginia Tech (Op-Ed) Massacre

Tragedy can bring out the best in cartoonists. It can also bring out the worst.

You can probably guess what half the Virginia Tech shooting cartoons look like based on the coverage of past tragedies. Praying hands? Check. Gravestones? Yep. Candles? Those too. Many cartoonists are giving readers the quiet tribute they want. This is the first subsection of cartoons: hackneyed, boring, but sweet and reader-friendly.

A tragedy can be a time for reflection, but it can also be used as a platform from which to espouse political ideology. Many cartoons are ablaze with strong words on gun control, and they're aiming their pens at Washington--and each other.

And then there are the sour notes, cartoons that are plainly in poor taste. There's no accounting for those; political cartoonists don't subscribe to the "if you don't have anything nice to say" ethos. After all, you can always turn the page--or send angry letters to the editor.

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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