Provocative, sometimes controversial, and always clever, the more than 400 cartoons by some 160 cartoonists in this collection present the sharpest political and cultural commentary on the year’s major newsworthy events. Congressional politics, the war in Iraq, the Olympics, the brutal presidential campaign season, and the historic presidential election of Barack Obama provided ample fodder for the witty wiles of the country’s leading cartoonists.
From the energy crisis to the mortgage crisis, these cartoons span the spectrum from liberal to conservative and include contributions from outstanding artists, including the recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Headliner Award, and the Herblock Prize. As in any election year, the presidential hopefuls found themselves the objects of the cartoonists’ slings and barbs, and this collection exceptionally highlights the ups and downs of each candidate’s campaign, from Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin to John McCain, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama.
Pelican has presented this compilation of the country’s most outstanding editorial cartoons since 1972. Cleverly conceived and exceptionally executed, the pieces in this collection present a panorama of exceptional pictorial digs and gibes inked by the year’s finest editorial cartoonists.