Cartoonists’ Paradise | VOA News


VOA News
 | August 24, 2016
by Niki Papadogiannakis, Bill Gallo

“It’s never been this easy”

Alen Lauzan Falcon | Chile

Alen Lauzan Falcon | Chile

Cartoonists are having a ball this election. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s bombast and Democrat Hillary Clinton’s caution put both candidates at the center of nearly every satirist’s jokes. And it’s been pretty simple.

Both Trump and Clinton are well-known to the public. Their campaigns are also fraught with scandal, secrets and vastly different ideas– and the American electorate is ready for the election to end.

Gary Varvel | The IndyStar

Gary Varvel | The IndyStar

Scandals in both campaigns in the last months have drawn major headlines in the U.S. and around the world. Each twist and turn leading up to election day has given cartoonists a lot of material to work with. They depict Clinton being drowned by gradual email leaks and Trump evading repeated sexual assault accusations.

Miquel Villalba Sanchez | Spain

Miquel Villalba Sanchez | Spain

“I’m worried I’ve become fat and lazy and that on November 9 I will have to work again.”

– Matt Wuerker | POLITICO Cartoonist

VOA spoke to Pulitzer Prize-winning POLITICO cartoonist Matt Wuerker and Washington Post’s “Comic Riffs” cartoonist Michael Cavna on how this cycle’s cartoons differ from previous elections.

The Trump Factor

Trump is no stranger to the limelight

His years in the real-estate business and reality TV made him a household name and the butt of many jokes.

Steve Benson | The Arizona Republic

Steve Benson | The Arizona Republic

“It’s easy to depict [Trump] as a 70-year-old balloon of bombast, topped by artificial-looking hair— colors that don’t exist in nature.”

– Michael Cavna | Washington Post

Donald Trump’s signature phrases have evolved from his days on “The Apprentice” (“You’re fired!”) to the campaign trail (“It’s going to be huge!”). He is extremely recognizable with his orange-tinted skin and wispy blond hair.

VIDEO: Cavna on Trump’s unique hair and the art of the the comb-over

 

Matt Wuerker | POLITICO

Matt Wuerker | POLITICO

“It’s hard to satirize somebody who is already way out there. So Trump tests you that way.”

– Matt Wuerker | POLITICO Cartoonist

Donald Trump presents a unique challenge for cartoonists. Since Trump already exaggerates the way he speaks and presents himself, cartoonists have to find original ways to portray him.

Cartoonists emphasize Trump’s physical appearance and portray him as attention-seeking, loud-mouthed bully.

Steve Sack | Star Tribune

Steve Sack | Star Tribune

“Rigged” Election Claims

John Branch | BranchToon.com

John Branch | BranchToon.com

Many cartoonists have focused on Trump claiming the election is being “rigged” against him, as well as his continual attacks on the media.
Some international cartoonists have depicted Trump as Godzilla, a Ku Klux Klan member and even Adolf Hitler.

VIDEO: How cartoonists around the world see Trump

 

The Clinton Legacy

Hillary Clinton has been on cartoonists’ drawing boards for decades.

Before the campaign, she served as secretary of state, first lady and U.S. senator from New York.

Drawing ‘Two-Faced’ Hillary

Ben Garrison

Ben Garrison

Hillary Clinton’s years in the spotlight have helped damage her public image: her husband, former President Bill Clinton’s affair while in office; her failed presidential bid in 2008; a deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, during her time as secretary of state; and of course the WikiLeaks scandal and the FBI investigation into her use of a private email server while at the State Department.

Email Server & WikiLeaks

Steve Benson | The Arizona Republic

Steve Benson | The Arizona Republic

Clinton’s email problems have led to cartoonists drawing her drowning in Wiki “leaks,” handcuffed by the FBI and running from her political past.

Cartoonists also emphasize Clinton’s political correctness and portray her as robotic, dishonest and pandering to the electorate to win the presidency.

Glenn McCoy | The Duplex

Glenn McCoy | The Duplex

VIDEO: Cavna on capturing Clinton’s exaggerated ambition

 

Ready for Election Day

Andy Marlette | Pensacola News Journal

Andy Marlette | Pensacola News Journal

Cartoonists have targeted both candidates’ high poll ratings for “unlikeability.” They share a belief that the presidential election will come down to which of the two is disliked, or even hated, less. Either way, many voters are exasperated with the election.

Andy Marlette | Pensacola News Journal

Andy Marlette | Pensacola News Journal

“People are looking past November 8 and looking forward to being able to do cartoons about something other than Donald Trump’s sexual escapades & Hillary Clinton’s various email problems”

– Matt Wuerker | POLITICO Cartoonist

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