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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 09/30/2011

CHRIS CHRISTIE: The 7 Most Eye-Catching Cartoons

Gov. Chris Christie is suddenly the “golden boy.”

No, no, not among the GOP officials seeking a leading candidate for president — we mean among the political cartoonists seeking a leading candidate for satire.

This week, of course, the New Jersey guv’s post-debate star has risen by not officially running for the White House. Which excites at least a few editorial artists who, frankly, say they’re a bit tired of drawing perfect hair. Some contenders are simply more fun to caricature, so some cartoonists await Christie’s rumpled bearing with bated brushes.

Here are this week’s Seven New Eye-Catching Chris Christie cartoons. Comic Riffs comes not to endorse any one candidate, but rather to support the joy of caricature. To wit:



The Taiwan-based animators get to mash up two of their favorite satiric subjects: Chris Christie and “Jersey Shore.”



(MIKE LUCKOVICH - Atlanta Journal Constitution)
With this look, Atlanta’s Luckovich is primed for a 2012 run at lampooning the Guv.



(NATE BEELER - Washington Examiner)
Very funny. Very disturbing, yet also very funny.



(ROB TORNOE - Press of Atlantic City /

If you’re drawing for a New Jersey paper, as Tornoe is, you’ve had a head start on honing your “Christie” humor. Tornoe’s already out of the gate with good form.



(JOHN DARKOW - Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune /
Comic Riffs, like the GOP pachyderm, is eager to see Darkow’s “Christie”...



(JIMMY MARGULIES - The Record (N.J.) /
Home-state advantage: Another New Jersey cartoonist is apparently ready for a Christie candidacy.



(STEVE BENSON - Arizona Republic)
Again, we said “eye-catching.” And Benson the frequent firebrand is willing to jump in league with the late-night comics in making the cheap weight joke. Wow — really?

Will some cartoonists offend by drawing Christie as XXL? Absolutely. But the ever-brutal Benson is an especially jarring case because he’s using Christie’s girth as his entire ad corpus metaphor.

From Nast forward, cartoon politics ain’t for the weak of heart — or eyeball.


By  |  09:30 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Tags:  chris christie, next media animation, mike luckovich, nate beeler, rob tornoe, john darkow, jimmy marguilies, steve benson

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