Sutton Impact: The Political Cartoons of Ward Sutton

Sutton Impact: The Political Cartoons of Ward Sutton

by Ward Sutton
     
 

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A full-color trouncing of the Bush Dynasty from cult-favorite Village Voice cartoonist Ward Sutton, Sutton Impact brings together for the first time the artist’s hilarious, irreverent social commentary and his vivid poster art. More than two hundred pieces document the flights and folly of an era, from politics to popular music, excoriating the USA PATRIOT

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A full-color trouncing of the Bush Dynasty from cult-favorite Village Voice cartoonist Ward Sutton, Sutton Impact brings together for the first time the artist’s hilarious, irreverent social commentary and his vivid poster art. More than two hundred pieces document the flights and folly of an era, from politics to popular music, excoriating the USA PATRIOT Act, John Ashcroft’s evangelical songwriting, the Democrats’ domestic blunders, and much more.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Political cartooning has a long history, and most political cartoonists learn their craft by studying their predecessors. Sutton, however, comes to the field from the world of alternative comics, and much of the pleasure in this work comes from Sutton's deft use of that medium's tools. His approach owes more to Tom Tomorrow, Matt Groening and Joe Sacco than to Pat Oliphant or Herblock. First, his comics are almost always multipanel affairs, either telling a brief story or making a series of related comments on a particular subject. Second, he rarely uses the broadly symbolic or allegorical characters like Republican elephants and Democratic donkeys. His drawing style recalls that of alternative artists like Joe Matt and Chester Brown. Sutton is unapologetically liberal and assumes the same is true of his readers. He is, not surprisingly, savage on Bush and Cheney, and has strips that are anti-Wal-Mart, anti-Katherine Harris, anti-handguns, anti-Rush Limbaugh, anti-Hummer, etc. But his strongest cartoons are the ones where he addresses the mistakes and weaknesses of his fellow liberals: Nader supporters, apathetic fatalists, Democrats who won't stand up for their beliefs and so on. The strips are often accompanied by annotations, which are mostly unnecessary but occasionally amusing. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The noted cartoonist's first collection renders modern politics as lamentable spectacle. Modern political cartoonists come in two varieties: The gray-haired dinosaurs doing carefully mild bipartisan humor for the big dailies get what meager glory there is; the rest are mired in the netherworld of free alternative weeklies, hopefully away from the escort ads. Sutton belongs to the latter group; his profanely funny work is seen most often in the Village Voice, occasionally in publications as far flung as the New York Times. While this roundup is far from essential reading, there's enough good material here to warm the heart of any good blue-state resident. Sutton tends to work from roughly a half-dozen topics: the spinelessness of Democrats, the warmongering of the Bush White House, the cowardice of the mainstream media, the utter and depraved evil of Dick Cheney. His tone of unrelieved and exasperated anger is free from the irony of cozier satirists like Jon Stewart. The clownish artwork and constant, juvenile nastiness can be cloying after a while, as evidence by the one-panel of Donald Rumsfeld masturbating to war footage, a joke that might have seemed funny to someone putting together a college newspaper at four in the morning. Nothing here achieves the satiric insight of, say, Tom Tomorrow, one of Sutton's closest peers. That said, one strip, "Visitors," achieves a sublime greatness through its horrific portrait of a man desperately waving from a smoking window of the World Trade Center. Wondering if anyone can see him, he has visions of everyone from a soldier ("I can see you. Your death will motivate me to kill others"), to a lawyer ("I'll fight to get you and your survivors asizable, respectable settlement"), to Osama bin Laden ("I can see you. And I'm laughing"). It also stands out simply because it's one of the only pieces here to deviate from the usual carping. Passionate to a fault, in a way that's inspiring even as it becomes furiously repetitive.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583226773
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.35(d)

Meet the Author

WARD SUTTON'S work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Nation, George, Esquire, Time, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, The New Republic, Premiere, and elsewhere. His weekly strip has run in the Village Voice since 1998. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Sue.

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