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Pat Oliphant

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  1. Krazy Ig Katz

    Krazy Ig Katz said, almost 4 years ago

    Altered boys.

  2. dennis17

    dennis17 said, almost 4 years ago

    The reason I love Oliphant 95% of the time, even when I dislike the day’s offering, is that the man will take on anything and anyone. Fairness is not part of his work (see today’s offering), but neither is bowing down to sacred cows. That remaining 5% would be Obama, the one person on the planet regarding whom Oliphant can find nothing to criticize. Hell, even Michelle got a comeuppance, while Obama does things suitable for a political cartoon pretty much every day. I really don’t get why our modern Daumier is so willing to lay down for this very ordinary guy.

  3. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


  4. Jay Halliwell

    Jay Halliwell said, almost 4 years ago

    always enjoyed his illustration style,did ya all know he is left handed?

  5. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    400 years! that’s something of a news item!

  6. Becca

    Becca said, almost 4 years ago


    Spot on, Dennis.

  7. emptc12

    emptc12 said, almost 4 years ago


    I consider Danziger more of a Daumier-style cartoonist who leaves his work in a somewhat raw, chalky state. Oliphant’s work I consider Dore-style, with those elaborate, ornate backgrounds in shadowy ink etchings – the style of the old editorials.
    I agree with you that Obama is a relatively ordinary man and, if he did ever run for president, should have waited until later. Circumstances converged to make it so. In this age of spreadsheets and social analyses the unexpected still happens!
    ( I wonder what a McCain presidency would have been like? My opinion: McCain would have been elected – would now be in his second term — except for his fatal choice of Palin.)
    Whether Oliphant pulls punches when dealing with Obama is a matter to be considered. Portaying Obama in physical caricature might be tricky. And do cartoonists, if they basically agree with a person’s governing philosophy, criticize him just to be balanced toward the opposing side?
    I think Oliphant has criticized Obama many times for his indecisiveness and wavering. Having enjoyed his work for many years, I think, after the 1960s, he has sided more with liberal ideas. Probably Nixon soured him, as he did me.
    My opinions are not necessarily the correct ones.

  8. zuria

    zuria GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    The Onion has a particularly apt take on this…

    “Resigning Pope No Longer Has Strength To Lead Church Backward”,31248/

  9. StCleve72

    StCleve72 said, almost 4 years ago

    When will we see the end of this insane, medieval organization? Just seeing these crazy old men walking around in goofy costumes should inform an educated mind that this is not on the up and up. What the hell does perpetual Halloween have to do with righteousness or morality? I just had the experience of purchasing a rental property and living there was a young couple with a baby living in under 300 sqaure feet of living space, and unable to afford even that. They speak no English and on top of that; she’s pregnant. According to the otther tenants the baby cries night and day and it’s just pitiful. I put this kind of horrible existence at the doorstep of the Catholic church who has a vested interest in keeping young people like this ignorant and demands that they keep having children who are born into a life of poverty that they then perpetuate. Despite the fact that they couldn’t pay the rent, I couldn’t kick them out on the street but I helped them to get assistance so they could rent a bigger place, but in the long run, what’s going to happen to these poor, young, ignorant kids? Birth control would help but they are taught that using it will condemn them to hell. What a horrible, cruel power is Catholicism.

  10. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 4 years ago


    I like that Onion article, right on!
    My favorite feature is American Voices.,31253/

  11. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 4 years ago

    The Free Wood Post says the Pope is leaving to coach football at Penn State.

  12. Kim0158

    Kim0158 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Non praevalebunt.

  13. AlexanderTheGoodEnough

    AlexanderTheGoodEnough said, almost 4 years ago

    Latina mortua est! And so, morally at least, is that church…

  14. dennis17

    dennis17 said, almost 4 years ago


    I used Daumier as a general reference rather than a stylistic one.
    I called Obama “ordinary” in the sense that he is just a guy, not the Second Coming. This " smartest man in the room" stuff drives me up the wall. Everyone who has been to college has met grad students and younger faculty who seem impressive at first meeting. He’s that type of guy. He is actually performing the job a good deal better than we had any reason to expect.
    (Something Clinton,Bush II and Obama have shown us is that it’s true—pretty much anyone can not only become president, but can muddle their way through.)
    I respect Senator McCain, but I stand by my opinion that none of the four—McCain, Palin, Obama, Biden—were qualified for national office.
    Oliphant has no problem getting away with horrible caricatures of Jews and Arabs. He has in fact presented Obama in overalls He has called out Obama for not being aggressive. The drone cartoon is I believe the closest thing to real criticism. So some could say, See, he has been critical.
    I’ve been through the Oliphant books. I think he is the same as he’s always been. In sum, I am happy someone out there is working as though pc-ness had never been created, but I am disappointed that Obama is getting a free ride.

  15. emptc12

    emptc12 said, almost 4 years ago


    Not to make a big deal about artistic details – I’m no artist historian – but I thought the similarities and distinctions between present editorial cartoonists and famous artists was of interest.
    It’s nice to share our enthusiasms, and nothing would please me more than to have a person reading here look further into something I mentioned.
    There are many art and illustration collections published by Dover Books that are inexpensive enough to own, and I marvel at the ones I have: Such meticulous detail in those drawings, made before photographs became dominant and took away some of the magic.

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