Susie Cagle Susie Cagle, 10/25/2007 [Archive]

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The devastating wildfires that swept southern California this week captured the attention of the nation. The country watched the tragedy play out across the southland each day in the news as hundreds of thousands of residents were displaced. The Governator's Caleefornia reeled.

The fire news dominated the cartoons, as well, but in a rare, largely illustrative and non-critical form. For their part, the cartoonists tended toward memorial cartoons: crying state bears, triumphant surfers, and museum-wall tributes led the pack. But there was a second group of cartoons, as well--ones that tended toward the cynical, critical, classic cartoon approach, using the fires for off-key metaphors and sidelong jokes, and finding shreds of climate change controversy in the tragedy.

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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