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Pat Oliphant

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  1. mdblanche

    mdblanche GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    There is no truth to the rumor that old people are afraid Mitt Romney is going to eat their medicine for fuel.

  2. saywhatwhat

    saywhatwhat GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @SkepticCal

    I have to agree, sort of. With so much competition it’s hard to be certain. We’ll all have to agree that it would be close though?

  3. saywhatwhat

    saywhatwhat GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    But this is just wild phantasy!

  4. saywhatwhat

    saywhatwhat GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @mdblanche

    But how can you be sure?

  5. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 2 years ago

    It’s interesting how cartoonists draw large crowds. Sometimes there’s no facial detail, just circles; or only the first few rows have details. The best is when the artist makes individuals of the crowd real people or has, if you look closely, embedded jokes. What famous artist painted tormented souls in the background with the faces of his enemies and critics? Never offend an artist – you might be forever on display, as if trapped in carbonite.

    So this is how Oliphant will portray Romney from now on? Sort of the body style he did for George HW. Bush. I wonder if he has reference templates for the physical dimensions of any recurring characters, such as comic strips do. Templates serve to keep characters drawn consistently, especially if assistants are hired. Somehow I think Oliphant wings it each time.

    It seems to me he seldom got Obama right – too dark. That must a decision each artist has to make in drawing African-Americans for the black-and-white dailies – should they be shaded, or left unshaded with only facial features to distinguish them.

  6. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @emptc12

    “So this is how Oliphant will portray Romney from now on?”


    He’ll only NEED to be drawing Romney for another six months or so.


    “I wonder if he has reference templates for the physical dimensions of any recurring characters, such as comic strips do. Templates serve to keep characters drawn consistently, especially if assistants are hired. Somehow I think Oliphant wings it each time.”


    I don’t think Oliphant has templates (at least not single references, like you need for a daily strip). He’s very good at suiting each portrait to needs of the cartoon; he’s got the skills (MAD skills) to make every appearance of the same individual different, but always recognizable. If he wants to make, say, a President look presidential one day and clownish the next, he can easily do that. Of course, when he’s regularly drawing the same figure for eight years or more, certain patterns will develop, certain themes recur. Drawing W as a little kid playing “Cowboy” was a shorthand portrait that he used a lot, but it was continually effective (to the point of becoming iconic).

  7. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 2 years ago

    @fritzoid

    Thanks for the nice reply. I always have the ridiculous notion that Oliphant is “my” editorial cartoonist. I grew up reading his cartoons, having first seen him syndicated from “The Denver Post” in 1965. Having little artistic talent myself, I wonder, with a person like Oliphant if they possess genius — or genius possesses them.

  8. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @emptc12

    “I always have the ridiculous notion that Oliphant is “my” editorial cartoonist.”


    So long as you’re willing to share…


    Oliphant’s the best in the business, the Last of the Giants. Sour as last year’s lemons, a fantastic “technical” cartoonist, funny, and even if not every one’s a home run, his on-base percentage is up there with anybody’s.

  9. Rx71Wm29

    Rx71Wm29 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    With reference to cartoonists drawing Obama. Most of the cartoons I’ve seen usually make Obama look like a post Civil War construction South, Jim Crow, “black sambo” like character. Really too bad as it makes the cartoonist look racist even it he/she is not.

  10. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, over 2 years ago

    @emptc12
    Was it Oliphant who always drew Dan Quayle as a baby in a carriage, and the first President Bush usually had a purse? I’m thinking it was but that seems a LONG time ago by now……

  11. filmsgraded

    filmsgraded said, over 2 years ago

    Romney can afford fresh lithium batteries

  12. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Godfreydaniel

    I remember Bush with the purse…

  13. Tigger

    Tigger GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Eryx

    Try Obama

  14. Tigger

    Tigger GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @mdblanche

    I know many Senior Citizen Females who are voting for Mitt

  15. kamwick

    kamwick said, over 2 years ago

    Do you REALLY believe that rethugs DON’T use teleprompters.

    As usual, you are WRONG.

    Just another stupid Gooper meme. If you repeat a lie often enough, stupid people will believe it.

    By the way, Gore never claimed to have invented the Internet either.

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